I have had hip and back pain for years, going from Dr to Dr with noone taking me seriously. Finally, I get someone who believes me. I went through all of the proper procedures, MRI, MRI with contrast, x rays etc. and they find that I have a hip impingement and tears in the labrum. I had surgery in October and the "popping" of my hip is gone but the pain is almost worse than before. I am being told now that I have osteoarthritis. They will not do a full hip replacement because of my age. I have a hard time getting out of bed and getting through my day to day activities. I drive alot for my job and that is killing me. The surgeons office had me on lortabs 5/500 for a couple of months but that had little effect. Now I am being told "we arent giving you anything anymore" (I have tried NSAIDS but they make me sick) My PCP doesnt want to give me anything and I dont want to start "Dr Hopping" as before. What can I do? Pain management can be expensive and noone seems to want to help. I am at my wits end. Help...
I would still recommend pain management. They are the only ones, in most instances, that will prescribe meds for the long term. They are very good for finding something that works if you find a good one. Look for a PM clinic with multispecialties like chiropractic, physical therapy, massage and a variety of Dr specialties like physiatrists, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists and sports/rehab medicine. It is good to treat pain with more than just medications! PM have a lot of different ways to treat pain along with meds. So sorry to hear you are hurting! I hope you can find some relief soon. It would be nice if Drs gave you a heads up before they just up and stop your medications!
How much physical therapy have you tried? I highly recommend that you get a regimen of exercises to do from a licensed physical therapist and alleviate the problem without much pain medicine. You'll still have to get a doctor to write the orders, but it is a long term solution to the arthritis and hip problem. I can also recommend Celebrex. It is a NSAID but of the cox 2 inhibitor category so you might be able to tolerate it better.
Try a pain mangement doctor and approach from the stand point of non narcotic solutions. I think it will prove to be a much better avenue.
unfortunetly going to a pain mgmt dr is the best route, they are. usually very sympathetic and work with you. Since u have already got a diagnosis and tests you wont have to pay for those again you'll just sign a medical release form and they will request copies of your medical history for free. I have no insurance any ny dr visits are 85 a month. Then i get my meds at albertsons for about 110 a month. Im on methadone 300 pills/norco240 pills/dalmine 30pills/valium 90 pills. So its about 200 a month, but well worth it. My diagnosis is chronic pain, nerve damage and some toher sttuff not reated to pain. I have had 4 back surgeries 3 of which are fusions. Hope this helps.
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