Im 46 going on 86. My quality of life is basically gone. I was always highly energetic. Have 3 kids and a wonderful husband. I am not myself anymore. I barely can clean cook and do everyday things. Ive gaind 25 lbs im depressed nothing helps. Whats next? Ive had surgeries nerve blocks epidurals physical therapy. Now what? Any suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks for listening.
I don't know what exactly is wrong with you, but have to get all your documentation together and get a referral to pain management. Also make sure you have X-rays and MRI. You may need to see an ortho, nero, and pyhscial therapy before they will see you at PM for your illness.
Is your back the cause of your pain, or is there something else going on?
You may need a different, longer acting pain med, such as OxyContin ER or Opana ER. But I'm no expert in the longer acting meds, they make me a zombie. Others on this site, however, are experts when it comes to longer acting medications. Hang in there, you'll get an answer quickly enough.
If you could just add a bit of info, such as the source of your pain, it would greatly help others to answer your query.
Wishing you the best,
MS contin and oxycontin are two of the best for severe pain. So are fentanyl patches. I would find a pain management dr, but do not ask for a specific medication. It makes you look like a drug seeker. You can tell him you are there because what you've been taking isn't working anymore, and he will take it from there. Back injuries and pain is something that can't be predicted, so for your dr to say you should be fine by now, is just ridicules.
I agree that most probably you will have to get your medication from a pain management doctor. GPs are not allowed to give out large amounts of pain medication for any period of time. If your pain management doctor is the one who told you you be fine, I'd say you need to go find another one. The next problem for me was my insurance, which is not very good. I was on OxyContin which is a continuous acting pain reliever that I was taking twice a day. But my insurance wouldn't pay for it, and it cost a fortune! If you are on a very low income, the manufacturer has a program where they will pay for your OxyContin. I know because I was on that program for a while. Now, I have too much income (ha!) to get the help from the manufacturer, but I still cannot afford the expense of OxyContin. What I did was go online and get a printout of how much the OxyContin was costing me and how much oxycodone which is the same medication but not in the continuous release form.
I have to take it every 4 to 6 hours. But the difference in price is unbelievable, so my PM doctor was happy to change over my prescription for me so that I could afford it.
It sounds to me that you have all the information you need with your MRIs, x-rays and CAT scans. You just need to find the right pain management doctor.
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