... compressed discs. I can not turn my back so If im driving I can only use my mirrors since I cant turn. I went to my family dr and they keep giving me stuff that doesnt work and I tell them and they just give me other stuff that dont work. They wont give me narcotic pain meds. They referred me to a neuroscience and spine placed when I called for the appt and I told them what I needed to be seen for they said they have to review xrays and order me an mri before they decide if they will take me. If not I gotta go an hr and a half away. So right now im stuck since im not being seen by a specialist and only see my family dr who isnt helping much. So im stuck in the middle with nothing to help. Is there an online dr who can help me?
28 Apr 2010
I doubt it, you unfortunately are going to have to wait it out. Doctors are moving away from opiates for chronic pain as it ends up being more of a problem and opiates like most drugs don't work well especially when taken chronically. So you really need to listen to the pain clinic doctors and do as they say. Taking pain pills just doesn't work, if you had acute pain then absolutely they would likely order you a opiate... Good luck and I hope they can get your pain under control... Dave
28 Apr 2010
I hate to see people in pain and the doctors think it's all in your head. Some doctors today don't like to give you pain meds because of the addiction problem but some people really need them. Myself if I was in that much pain I would definetly flat out tell the doctor what you want or need. If that didn't work try another doctor. Talk to other people that are in alot of pain, and they get the meds they need, and try their doc. Good luck I hope you get help soon.
29 Apr 2010
yes unfortunately this may take time. go to a pain specialist or pain management. do all the tests they have you do and request more if necessary. in my case my mri didnt show "enough" for them to prescribe opiods but i had PAIN i requested an EMG b/c i thought maybe i had some nerve problems, they did the test and here i have nerve damage in my back and now i take lortab three times a day and am finely getting relief, good luck sometimes it takes a lot of advocating for yourself
1 May 2010
I was in your shoes for quite awhile when I hurt my back, I have had five spinal fusions. I am still in pain sometimes because I now have arthritis in my spine around the fusions and I just fractured the L-3 vertabre so I know your frustration. You might want to take the doctor up on the suggestion of physical therapy, I almost refused and I chose to go and low and behold my therapist was my best friend in this fight. She saw that I trully was in pain and fought with the doctor for me. I got what I needed, pain relief. I got stronger in therapy because I found someone to help me.
I do strongly suggest this route, if you can find a good therapist they do fight for you they want there patients to be happy so it looks good for them too, you both benefit you get relief and they get praise and more referrals which means more money for them, well I am getting off track you are the important one. I hope this helps you. Be careful driving people are crazy out there hate to see you get hurt and have to deal with more pain. Take care and good luck.
1 May 2010
I am sorry you are having so much pain. I agree with the other answers about you needing a specialist. I highly doubt you will find a doctor online willing to write scripts without seeing you in person. You sure have quite a dilemma on your hands. I'm glad you went to the ER and finally got some relief. Try to take them sparingly, they won't last long. There was one answer that said some PM docs don't need a referral. Call as many pain docs you can find. See if you can get in for a consultation and bring your x-rays with you. Don't go in to great detail while setting up the appt. Just tell them "I need a consultation for a chronic back condition. My doctor said I need to see a specialist but didn't recommend anyone. I really just need an opinion." Chances are you will get the appointment and maybe come home with medication that will help you. Bring copies of your medical records too. Bring everything you have that documents your condition. Good luck on finding the right doc to help you. No one should have to live in pain!
13 Jul 2011
Carolyn, It's so good to hear that you finally have a chance to get help. Just keep working to find the someone who will help you. It will be good that you have some medicine that will help you to be more pain free so you can think better when you are going to a new doctor. Take some notes with you also, marking the most important things that you think the doctor needs to know. It's so easy to get distracted and to forget what may even be the thing you most wanted the doctor to know, And check your list before you leave! Hope you will find good help soon.
17 Aug 2013
It will take a long time before the dr. will give you narcotic pain meds. You will have to go through a MRI and see the specialist they refer you to. You might want to start the paper work now and ask to go to a pain clinic and get MRI as soon as you can. Otherwise go to a deep tissue massage place they help me when my pain get. You can only take so much of the narcotic and work. So try deep tissue massage, hot pads, try P.T.
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