I was in a car accident 3 years ago, as far as the pictures are concerned the accident was mild (why i couldn’t get an atty) yet I walked away with pain that to this day is not better. Diagnoses is severe protruding disk between L4 & L5 that is pinching a nerve. I have had physical therapy, injections, TIN's unit, muscle relaxers, inflammatory meds, pain meds. I’m so tired of it all. I guess my question is, how do I really get relief?
Chronic Back Pain - NO relief?
Added 1 Aug 2012:
I take 1-10/325 Percocet about 3 to 4 times a day....mild relief but I like it cause I can function with work and family without the side effects. However, my pain management dr keeps trying other longer lasting drugs like Oxycontin & now Gralise (it's for shingles, wth). They don't work, I have been through so many different pills it's ridiculous. He has me stay on the new drugs for like 2 months before he will listen that they dont do anything for me.
Not sure what to say here, my condition is pretty serious, and the best I can say is "relief" is subjective. The meds only help my own ability to tolerate and live with pain. Every morning I wait a few hours to see where my best ability to deal with the pain is, then I start with my meds, so they supplement my mental efforts. There really is no true relief from back pain, just help. Surgery, methadone are out of the question. See if MS Contin will work, this and OxyContin are strong, it's either your dose or your expectations that may need to be adjusted, or both.
Just my 2 cents. Hope this helps.
Geez, I wish my dr wanted to prescribe more for my pain. Gralise isn't just for shingles, its time release gabapentin, which is used for many forms of nerve pain. You've been doing this for 3 yrs and you're tired of it. I've had this pain since I was 5 yrs old, and I'm 65. So don't start letting yourself get discouraged, it won't help you live your life.
I've been dealing with chronic back pain for 15 plus years... started Hydro, Vicodin, MS Contin, and now on Fentanyl. My life has gone downhill, and fast. I've gone from making mid 6 figures now to living with my Mom in a one bedroom apt. I need the surgery, but can't get it... I was originally hurt in the Marines, and of course they don't want to pay since I had regular insurance, which won't pay. Now the pain is horrible. Find out what is wrong and quick! Get it fixed ASAP if at all possilble. The insurance conpany should be liable for your injuries.
The best relief I got was Suboxone. Plus, it won't mess up the rest of your life like opiates. Think hard before you go down this road with pain meds.
I think it sounds like it is time to find a new pain management Dr. that will listen to you.
As this pain doc does not sound like he is very effective. Usually with any new pain med it only takes a month to find out if it works for you.
So you should probably start researching some other pain drs. In your area & make sure to have your records transferred to the new dr. that way they will know what you have tried & go from there.
And as far as getting to the point of NO pain that will not happen. But once you get on a pain drug that makes you be able to "tolerate" the pain that is what will help you continue working & doing enjoyable things.
So dont give up there is a opportunity to get releif so you can be a productive p oferson.
Best of luck, Kathy
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