Hi there, can your NS, who did the surgery on you give you a referral to PM? Also, you might benefit from some nerve medications like Lyrica, Cymbalta, Nuerontin etc. Those are made specifically for nerve pain. Good luck and take care.
Since he doesn't feel like surgery is the ideal option right now, he is just backing off right now. No one has ever offered me Lyrica although I have asked for it. I have taken Cymbalta and I had a severe panic attack about a week later which they are attributing to it. I have taken Neurontin for years without alot of success. The best medication that I was ever placed on was a Butrans patch. No aura like you get with the typical opiates and it is a maintenance medication, but it is not widely known here so physicians are resistant to it. I'm in Kentucky and this state is beyond ridiculous with their state mandates. I've also taken Ultram, Darvocet (which isn't on the market anymore) and Demerol, all which caused seizures in me. I am placing a call to my NS to tell him that I don't care if there is only a 30% chance of success with my surgery, there is a 100% chance that I am going to be in pain....so I'm ready to go under the knife. I called a PCP yesterday to establish care and when I did, they asked me about my health issues, when I told them about my back surgery and continuing issues, the first thing out of her mouth was.....we don't prescribe narcotics in this office. It was offensive and I was sobbing after I hung up. Not because I was disappointed that I wouldn't be get any pain medication, but because I was labeled before I even stepped foot into their office.
Man, I feel for you. Maybe if you took some information about the Butrans patch to your NS, maybe he would consider it, its also only a CIII med, not a CII, so there is also that benefit of that med. I tried it for a few weeks, but it just didn't help me, but I also know some people that it works wonders for. Like I said, maybe if you print some info on the med, that might help. Good luck!
I'll certainly try that. Thanks. Sometimes I feel like I should go in looking completely ignorant instead of well-informed. It's like doctors don't want you to understand your own issues, because you look "internet educated" which means that you are exhibiting seeking behaviors. What isn't a seeking behavior. I wish there was a list. Oh wait, the wishing of a list of non-seeking behaviors, is in itself a seeking behavior. Nevermind..... :)
can't win can we? give lyrica a fair try ---it has worked well for me for nerve pain-----lessens not ends the pain....one more tool for your "pain-kit".....don
I've asked for Lyrica and it's never been prescribed, not sure why. You would think they would be more likely to prescribe that vs. Percocet 10. Nope, not in this area. I'll never understand it. I'll just keep irritating the snot out of them until someone listens. Thanks.