... to send me to a specialist and for months I have been begging him to see one, and he finally got me into an orthopedic specialist. Now they are reluctant to refill my rx until I see a specialist (in a few weeks). Before the oxycodone and referral they put me on darvocet, tramadol, flexeril, skelaxin, medrol dose packs, lorazepam and celebrex. None of those worked except oxycodone. Now I'm worried that will soon stop working and would be heartbroken if I was unable to work. I am a hairstylist so I'm on my feet and contort my body in ways that make me very uncomfortable. I regulary see a chiro for adjustments and accupuncture, a massage therapist and do yoga in hopes that something will give me some relief for just one day. How do I get it across to my dr that I NEED some help and get on the path to feeling better???
Wow, do I know how you feel!! I am at the point of not being able to take anything other than Norco for my pain. I think the hardest part of having severe, constant pain is the difficulty getting to get your doctor to understand how you feel and what you want to be able to do with your life. All I can do is to tell you about me. I had to go to a very long list of doctors before I finally found one who understands, so DON'T give up. Keep trying with your doctor. Is he refusing to give you any pain meds at all now? Because you need to have something, and I'm sure he knows that. And also, you will have unpleasant withdrawel from suddenly stopping your oxycodone. It's not recommended to quit instantly. It can be dangerous and you need to taper off slowly, especially if you've been on them for a long period of time. Maybe you can find a different method of communication. Write down how you feel and give him (or just mail it) the notes If you still can't reach him, find a doctor who will listen and understand. I know this is easier said than done, but someone has to listen to you, so don't stop trying until someone does! It sounds like you are doing everything in your power to remain "up" and I can tell you don't want to give in to your medical problem. Write these things down. Get specific. Tell him in BIG letters what you want. And as far as building up an immunity, I really know how that feels. After 8 or 9 years of pain meds, I am terrified that I might get something really big, and then I won't have anything that works. My doctor has had me try about everything we can think of, and we're at the point of not knowing what to do. Luckily, my doctor talks to me, and keeps trying to find alternatives. The latest one is having epidural shots of cortisone in my spine and this does relieve it a great deal (reduces inflamation), and lasts for a few months. I get shots three times a year(because of medical limitations of my insurance), but I've heard you can get them up to 6 times a year if you need them, depending on how you feel and your insurance. It cuts the need for my pain medication down a lot, which is big reliever for me. Maybe you could suggest that to your doctor. Tell him how much you need alternatives and keep telling him until he hears you. You might have to tell him that you are considering looking for an additional doctor, because he just doesn't seem to be able to understand your needs and what you are trying to say. And if that doesn't work, there are many other doctors out there and if you keep trying, you will find one who does hear you and will work with you. Ultimately, it is worth the hassle, if for no other reason than you have a right to be heard and understood! Good luck, and my hat's off to you. I don't very often get to talk to a real fighter. I have a lot of respect for you. I will say a prayer that you will find a way to be heard. If it's any comfort at all, I hear you.
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