I've been pretty healthy person throughout my life I'm 40 years of age but around 3 weeks ago I started having severe pain in my right hip thigh muscles and tendons the pain has gotten so bad at times I felt like my leg is being ripped apart from the inside out if I tried to walk on it there will be pressure and throbbing in the bone like a giant toothache and the whole time also feels like it's being ripped apart I've had tendonitis in my right knee years back and it felt like tendonitis throughout my entire thigh muscles tendons, I went to primary care physician my insurance picked because I did not have one I've been healthy over the years not going to doctors so I went to him he could do nothing for me referred me to a pain management doctor who would not answer my phone calls for over 2 weeks would not return my phone calls if I did get someone on the phone they would put me on hold and hang up on me being unbearable not knowing what to do having to go to the emergency room they did x-ray same fluid and potential bone spurs in my rotator cuff of my hip being possible signs of arthritis or bursitis gave me weak pain medicine send me home to continue to take the ibuprofen 800 mg and the week Tylenol 3 medication which I was taking numerous other over the counter medications as well and desperately searching for something to ease the pain that I might be able to get two or three hours of sleep at night and can get up and walk to the restroom without regretting it, eventually going to the pain doctor and banging on the door before I can get an appointment just to be told days later after I get the appointment did the doctor does not write medicine on the first doctor visit did I would have to wait two weeks for my urine analysis and go have an MRI before the doctor will do anything so still suffering and pain going back to the ER and desperate search a relief just to be told the ER can no longer write any more of the week Tylenol 3 is a controlled substance doctors are scared of the FDA so the doctor finds me another primary care physician which I go to the very next day looked at it See's I'm in severe pain says it's full of fluid in doesn't look normal writes me steroids and refills the week prescription of Tylenol 3 being too scared to write anything stronger because of the FDA so I leave his office and go to my Pharmacy and I tell me I can't get the medication because it's a day early the medication was prescribed 28 pills 1/6 hours to be a seven-day Supply that I would need to come back the next morning at 8 a.m. insurance to approve the release they would call me going to the pharmacy the next morning to try to get the medication just to be told now I cannot get the medication because it needs a prior authorization from the doctor and being Saturday morning now can't get a hold of anyone for the prior authorization I called the insurance the doctor's office and everyone I could think of to be told I will get an answer within 24 hours so 24 hours goes by I called the pharmacy and they haven't even checked so then I check and it's approved, so in all this being said there has to be a better system solution for people like myself who are suffering because of the opioid crisis and doctors are too afraid of the FDA this is unacceptable me and other people like myself should not have to be literally suffering unable to get help from their doctors five different doctors in less than three weeks and still can't get any thing stronger than Tylenol threes having to take enough over the counter pain medicine to stop a horse in the bathtub hot baths for 2 hours at a time and ice packs laying down pretty much all day and night I've lost a lot of muscle definition in my right leg from in ability to use I suppose I wonder for every person that is potentially saved from opioids how many other people are dying and giving up on life in some form one way or another because they can't live with the pain any longer and are suffering day in and day out because I'm scared doctors rules and regulations there has to be a better way any suggestions will be greatly appreciated thank you God bless
There has to be a better solution for people like myself suffering in pain needing pain medications?
Question posted by Jay2781 on 31 Jan 2021
Last updated on 29 March 2021 by momom
Oh my please hear me out. I'm a 71 year old lady who herniated a disk in my lumbar 35 years ago. I couldn't walk because of the pain, I had to crawl to go to the bathroom. This was a workman's comp issue so they drug their heals. After 3 years they settled with me so I could have surgery. Long story short, the longer you wait to see the correct doctor, the more Permanent damage is done. Start by going to an Orthopedist and or a Neurosurgeon. These are the doctors that can give you answers. That being said, The First Thing you need to do is learn How to care for Yourself besides relying on drugs. This is your responsibility. I had to rent a wheelchair to get around without feeling like I was passing out. But! Don't use the leg/feet pieces. This allows leg movement to keep them strong as they will need to be Strong to support the rest of you once you can graduate into a
walker And then eventually a Very Pretty cane. I had to start that at 35 years old & I'm still NOT down into my wheelchair full time. Got to set your mind to understand that this Kind of injury is something You are going to have to Educate yourself through a good website, like Mayo or John's Hopkins, so You Can Help Your Doctors Help You. There are too many maybe's right now. Use heat & ice, take a nice warm shower, no baths as you will undo all the relief you acquired from the soak, climbing out. Learn to recognize which movements hurt you & don't do it. That will take awhile to learn. Mostly be patient because it Will literally take a few years for the best recovery you can get. Please don't do heavy addictive drugs either because it only complicates matters & compounds your troubles. Mind over matter Will be Your
Biggest Sense of Relief. Use a back brace belt if the doctor tells you too, they feel pretty good because they keep you in alignment. Don't let your fears overwhelm you like they are now. That only exacerbates your pain and, yes, sorrow. Oh! And cry your heart out when you feel the need! It'll let go of a lot of stress and pain. It's Okay to cry! Just do it for a good reason. But! LITTLE Pity Parties, obsessionally, Are in Order. That way you can run it through your mind & figure out your next steps. It isn't easy, but your mindset has to top your fears. I don't know you, but I Love you, because I can feel your anguish. You Can take a Positive role in this. Even if you have to expand your distance to see the right doctors. Good doctors who Do Care are out there but sounds like you have to find them yourself. Or call your insurance company on a weekday when their main offices are open and explain to them & ask them what their suggestions are in this case. You should have never had to go any farther than your primary doctor to get the ball rolling. Gotta be tough and when the person you're talking, arguing with, can't/won't help then ask to speak to their supervisor or at least Someone who Cares. Yes even your insurance company. Don't take No for an answer because your quality of life IS IMPORTANT! You have to live in it. And One More Important thing for you to do is find someone to drive you & help you. That will save a little added pain from the trip to the doctor
. Good Luck!
Please go see a chiropractor. There may be a pinched nerve or some other issue they could help you with. You need to get to the root of the problem and not just cover it up with pain meds. Hope this helps.
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