... and unbearable, and my doctor says there is nothing else he can do for me. I have arthritis in my spine and five disks that are herniated. I feel so much pain.
First, KM is correct, you need a pain management doctor. You can google pain management in your area to find a doctor, or do what you doctor should have done in the first place and have them recommend one to you. So sorry to hear that you are in such pain. When you go to the PM doc, you need to bring all documentation with you, or they will not help you, so bring ALL MRI's, x-rays, CT scans, anything, and everything that you can get. Do NOT expect your doctor to do this for you. You might have to go to the places where you had the studies done, and ask for copies of everything. They are all on disks now, so there will be no problem in getting copies. Reports are different. That you have to get from the doctor who requested the studies. Don't ask for a pain med, or else you will be accused of drug seeking. Unfortunately, our society has come down to that level now.
Best wishes to you, and I hope that you find relief soon!
After surgery, I had nerve damage at the incision site and was sent to a pain management clinic, which was efficacious. The tolerance that one can develop to Vicodin is incredible. It may work for awhile, but eventually it just won't work anymore for pain. It may make your mood better, but not touch the pain. Tramadol is an under-rated pain medication.
In the long term, however, surgery or pain management will be needed. Good luck.
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