Hi-I have lived with chronic pain for 21 years, I'm 39 now. From many places, mostly neck/lower back, but IBS as well as surgeries on both elbows that didn't turn out well. I am so tired of it all. I have went to so many medical professionals, just saw a new one today-once again am told "Here is a PT referral, you need to take Ibuprofen and use heat and ice." Well thanks so much for the "help" that I just paid you to help me with. I am never going to another DR. again. I have never been to a pain DR/center but now don't know that I should. Is it a waste of money too? The last Dr. I saw gave me 10 hydrocodone, 10 soma, and I made it last 2 months, I went back for more and she said sorry I can't help you. What is it? Do they think everyone is an addict. If I was I would admit it. Do they not realize there are people who can manage their usage? I don't know where to go and was wondering if anyone knows what I should do in the Seattle area. The Drs. see my MRI and xrays and say there is nothing wrong. I have 2 herniated discs but they say there is no way it could be causing me significant pain. Help!!! Chris (sorry if this is in the wrong place I couldn't figure out where to put it)
If your private physician will not help you then you do need to go to a pain management doc - living in pain is barely living - find someone to help you - pain medicine changed my life, I am no longer stuck at home feeling miserable and worthless - things are goin' get better
Welcome. I have been to two different pain management Dr's, but ended back with my Internist for meds, the PM docs in this area do not like to prescribe for non-cancer paitents. If you have a primary care Dr. that might be a good place to start, that Dr. might agree to prescribe for you or could refer you to someone in pain management who would. Two herniated disks are certianly something that can cause a significant amount of pain. It's possible that with herniated disks some more interventional techniques such as an epidural steroid injection and some physical therapy could be beneficial. If you have nerve involvement there are other medications that can help a lot. Another possibility would be a university teaching hospital, genrally they have a number of different specialist on staff. I'd start with the primary Dr. if you have one though, there's a good chance they can refer you to the best place.
Sky has given you some excellent advice....I'd listen to her as much as you can...She really knows the trials and tribulations of Docs. I know it's probably little consolation right now, but keep searching for the right Doc. Sometimes it takes a while, but good ones are out there. Many CP patients have to search before finding the right one.
Harborview Hospital has a spine clinic...they saved my husbands life so we go there. Also have heard that Virgina Mason has a very good physician that does many different types of things one of which is spine surgery Charles E. Nussbaum MD He was written up as one of the nations top doctors in his field. You can check both of those online.
I have to second Ann's opinion of Harborview. My hubby didn't go to the Spine Clinic but the Foot and Ankle Clinic and I believe they saved his life, too. I have heard great things about the spine Clinic.
I go to the Pain Management clinic at Swedish and they are very kind, thorough and respectful. Good luck and keep us posted.~Mush
undiagnosed lung and back pain after pneumonia in '03, tmj, migraines,(two failed surgeries for) Kienbock's disease