I think you should go to both a spine doc and a pain management doctor. Both my son and I have been through the surgery. My son hadit at 18, and mine I didn't have till I was 54 and I only had it because organ function was affected and it became an emergency.
You are obviously in real pain and any good pain manangement specialist will know that. You are not a drug seeker for the sake of a high, and you should be able to get a prescription for your worst pain. Do take it only to take the edge off.
I am now 62, and was left with a lot of pain after my spine surgery, my surgery had to correct both a kyphosis in my lower spine and the scoliosis in the upper. Now I have pain in my neck I couldn't feel before. My surgery was not for pain relief really but as I said, my organ function was threatened. I startd taking tramadol over the past year and now am trying to come of it. I don't recommend tramadol as it is a rathe insidious drug that also has a sneaky antidepressant in it. I'm going to a pain mgement doc in a bigger town with more experience, hoping he can help both step down from mytramadol and help the pain.
God bless you. Again, my advice would be go to both. Please keep us updated.
P.S. When I say only take your meds to take the edge off, of course I am referring to a prescription for anything addictive. They may be able to find an alternative. You would be surprised at how a "nonaddictive" personality can become physically dependent. . .you just want all the pain gone. I was never wanting drugs till excruciating pain, but this tramadol stuff hit me hard
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Thank you for the advice!!
Since I'm not in a good financial place, I'm trying to figure out which one would be better to go to if I'm a self-pay patient. I don't want to waste a couple hundred dollars for no reason. :( It *****. No one should have to suffer like this.
I hope you can find the mix of meds that helps you perfectly.
Yeh, I'd say pain management in that case. The spine doc really would be likely to say you have to have surgery. ..and if you can't, you can't.