. I was diagnosed with DDD and my only available help from dr's is a free health clinic. Free health clinics obviously can't give pain med prescriptions out or they would be packed. So, I have saved up to go to a dr so I can get on a pain management program. I have the MRI showing the DDD. I have had 2 injections and have taken all the different anti-inflammatory meds. I am in no way a pill seeker, I just want a better quality of life. I have a 2 yr old and a wife that has fibromyalgia. What do I do? I have the money finally for a dr visit. Don't want to just ask a dr for meds but don't want to leave the dr with nothing either
Be sure to take a copy of your diagnosis with you when you go see him. If you can get a copy of the MRI or Xray, that would be good too. Some doctors can get those records faster than you once you give the receptionist or nurse the doctor's name. The info will then be faxed over and more believable.
For your pain you can do some things at home. Do you have a heating pad? I would suggest that you can lie down on that for about 30 minutes to reduce the pain. Your doc may give you a prescription for tramadol since it is a low dose of opiods.
I have DDD, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis as well. Your wife would benefit from a hot bath at night with epsom salts to help relieve her pain.
And change your diet to high in omega 3s. Omega 3 will reduce the pain in your body. Walnuts, flax seed, cranberries and such are good for that. I found a product from Planters that is an Omega 3 mix. It's really good.
Avoid Omega 9. Your body creates that. Meat and dairy contains omega 9. That increases your pain level.
Try to destress. Stress increases the cortisol in your body which increases inflammation that is the pain in your body.
I know how you feel. For the past couple of yrs it's like U have to build up a relationship with a dr and 1st time visits are hard. The dr who did UR injs won't prescribe anything now that he knows the problem and knows that antiamflams aren't working? I would ask him for a referral if he's the dr who U R saying can't prescribe since atleast when UR next dr calls him, his office will verify what U have already tried. Good luck and hope U get relief soon.
I , too , have DDD and bulging discs, arthritis in the spine, etc. And while you should not go into pain management asking for meds, you can tell him what you have tried so far and wether or not any of it has helped you.
They will probably have you fill out forms so you can explain where the pain is and how bad it is on a scale of 1-10. Explain to him or her about your pain and how it affects your quality of life as far as what activities you can or can't do and if you have trouble sleeping. Then let them decide what else you can try. A recent second round of physical therapy has helped my condition. It might be something you could try. I also take pain meds , muscle relaxers, and voltaren gel. It depends on what state you live in and which doctor you go to as to whether they will prescribe opioids. I am lucky to have a doctor who listens to me and is sympathetic to my pain. Hopefully you will find a doctor who will do the same for you.
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