I can't seem to locate a compassionate pain physician in Philadelphia. Is there a way I could find one and know if he is open minded about pain medicine before I see him/her? Any advise would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.
I had the same problem.When I went for one my regular checkups,I asked for a x-ray of the lower lumbar region.The x-ray did show abnormalities.And then I went for an MRI next.The MRI confirmed Degenerative Disc Disease,Spina Bifida Occulta,and changes in L5 -S1.After I finally had in black and white why I had lower back pain,it was much easier to get some medication to help with the pain.I had been complaining for several years,but they just looked at me like I was just wanting medication.Actually eased my mind as well what was wrong with me?I came in after the results,the doctor prescribed Lortab every 4 hours and Soma twice a day.I don't take asmuch as prescribed.I alternate with Advil or Aleve.And only take 1 Soma at bedtimeTherefore,,I am never completely out of pain,but I can actually get a few things done.And I always have extra medication in case I have to wait to pay for another office visit.So,to me the answer is actually running some tests(which i don't know,u may have already done this).Also, getting the Doctor to write me a prescription for a 10's unit has helped alot.And you can order the supplies on line pretty cheap.Good luck,hope you get the pain relief you are seeking..
Please read: Back in Control: A spine surgeon's road map out of chronic pain written by David Hanscom,MD.
In Back in Control, Dr. Hanscom focuses on an aspect of chronic pain that the medical world has largely overlooked: you must calm your nervous system in order to get better. Beyond any other book about back pain, Back in Control reveals how to quiet a turbocharged central nervous system and make a full recovery. His life-changing system has helped hundreds of patients heal their pain. These patients’ stories, as well as his own, show that you can take charge of your care and set yourself on the road to a healthy, rich and full life.
You had mentioned that the doctor suggested injections. I am curious as to why he wanted to do this and was it spinal or muscular? I have had great success with what they call trigger point injections into the muscle. It consists of a little bit of a steroid and some anesthesia medication. The actual shot serves to break up the tightened muscle mass that sometimes constricts nerves and blood vessels. Hope this helps. Good Luck
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