Who should I go to for pain meds?
- 5 Jan 2012 by Me3
- 7 Jan 2012
- pain, muscle
I am in need of some muscle relaxers and pain meds. I've been out of pain meds for 3 weeks and some days I still need some. The pain is from a VERY bad back - lower with a tear, herniations, etc. and had 2 fusions done on cervical spine (most recent within last year). But I also had a bilateral mastectomy (with recon) 6 months ago (I've been released from that surgeon and he's far away).
My question is who should I go to? My spinal doctor (I need another injection soon), my primary care doc (who knows ALL of my history) or should I go to a pain management doctor? Advise?
Brief background: 42 year old mom to 3 young boys. Within the past year I've had breast cancer (with bilateral mastectomy), spinal fusion (c-7-8), hysterectomy and appendectomy. 2011 wasn't my year. :P I also had c5/6 fusion done 10 years ago. My lower back has a tear at L-5 (I think that's right) and sciatica pain as well. My back is messed up from a very bad car accident in my mid 20's.
Added 5 Jan 2012:
OH..... I said "the pain is from my back" but I also still have some pain that comes and goes from the mastectomy. I'm mostly confused on who to go to since there are several different pain points for me.
My opinion is if your Primary care doc (PCP) will treat you for pain and you're satisfied with what he gives you, stay with him. Right now our country is going through a bad time for people with chronic pain. The DEA doesn't want anyone taking opiates and they are pushing hard, especially on pain docs, to not use opiates, and to use anything that isn't an opiate. Some of those drugs are very good for certain types of pain. Some take a long time to work and some mess up you mind just as bad as any illicit drug does. Some even are habit forming and are difficult to stop. But they aren't addictive like opiates are. But the reality is that almost any pain can be made less intense or stopped with the right dose of the proper opiate. Additionally, opiates work immediately. Maybe you don't want an opiate. In that case go to the pain doc because they know the most about non opiate pain meds. Or maybe you just want immediate pain relief, as from an opiate. If so I think your PCP may be the best doc to give it to you. If he's willing. The DEA watches them too. You can also go to your PCP to get something for immediate help, and later go see a pain doc to try and find non opiates so you won't get to be where many of us are. Most of us became opiate dependent due to pain. Not because we were using opiates to have a good time. Once you become dependent, no one cares why. You get labeled as addict and then you discover how unaccepting our society can be.
This is my opinion. Let's see what other members here say. Best wishes Me3.
Thank you both for your responses. I went ahead and made an appointment for Monday with my Primary. Hopefully he'll be the ONE. :)
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