Re: My pain management experience
well, what is it that you believe will help you? i would approach the primary treating surgeon or MD rather than the pain mgmt. doc, and calmly discuss your concerns.
i wanted to share an experience with you. after a demand to self detox off oxycodone 10 3 x/day in 30 days before my spinal fusion, the PM doc then said i would get meds for 3 weeks after my spinal fusion, and then nothing.
my primary doc called her and she let me keep the meds pre-op. i was incredulous. the spinal fusion percentages are not great, so i expect to maybe still need meds after the fusion.
i thought long and hard. there must be one doc who will work with legitimate pharmaceuticals? and i found her... i called, explained my story, and have an appointment monday. at three weeks, if i am cut off, i will sever my relationship w/ the current one, and go with the new clinic. bring your money, MRI's, and drug history from the pharmacy. that's all.
i don't mind going off pain meds if i have no pain. i would do one week of suboxone. but realistically, my functioning will go from 20% to maybe 50%, and pain will decrease. but not at 3 weeks....
so..read between the lines. read every website, and rule out the ones that say interventional therapies. not all pain doctors are bad...