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Man there are several of us on the board at the moment who have appts this week and I am so sorry to hear that you have a uncompassionate surgeon. I can relate!! I would definitely research the nerve medicines (neurotin, lyrica, tompomax, cymbalta, etc.) and ask the surgeon straight up if he thought these might help you becaues the nerve pain is not being releived by the percocet.

Take care and I will be praying for you.
[QUOTE=scrappinmaniac;3371118][FONT="Comic Sans MS"]Hi Lori.

I'm sorry to hear that you're still having so much pain :(.

Didn't you have an appt with your GP on December 26th? How did that go?

Unfortunately, it doesn't surprise me how your surgeon is treating you. It seems to be the norm. They like to cut. They don't like dealing with patients that have post-op problems like pain.

I'm really hoping and praying you'll find relief soon. I've been dealing with back problems long enough to know that if you hang in there eventually you'll find a compassionate doctor willing to help control your pain. So, hang in there!
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Thank you everyone for your support.
Yes, I saw the GP last Friday but he was not much help. He did give me enough percocet to cover me until I see the surgeon this Friday, but other than that he told me that it was way beyond his field and the surgeon should and needs to deal with this. He said he did not think it was post op swelling either, which is what every doctor has said except the surgeons office. But other than that he did not help much. He was not nasty or anything just honest and forthright about it. He also thought it was VERY bad form for the surgeons office to keep telling me to go to the ER instead of actually dealing with my issues.

I asked about Lyrica, because they gave me one capsule in the hospital but then told me I could not have it because I take Topamax for migraines and it would interfere. So I will talk to them again about nerve medication, also
will talk to my pm doctor about this as well.

Thanks again, you guys are terrific.

Lori
[QUOTE=hearts4120;3371555]Yes, I saw the GP last Friday but he was not much help. He did give me enough percocet to cover me until I see the surgeon this Friday, but other than that he told me that it was way beyond his field and the surgeon should and needs to deal with this. He said he did not think it was post op swelling either, which is what every doctor has said except the surgeons office. He also thought it was VERY bad form for the surgeons office to keep telling me to go to the ER instead of actually dealing with my issues.

[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Navy"]Hi Lori. I commend your GP for giving you percocet. That's a HUGE step for a GP, usually vicodin is the most they'll give and for good reason. Most GP's are great, they're usually there when we need them, and how many times have they picked up the slack for one of our surgeon's or PM's? It sounds like you have a great GP Lori. I would keep him, you never know when you might need some help, however temporary, in the future.

Fortunately, I've never had to deal with much sciatic nerve pain. My left leg and foot have been numb-like for 2 1/2 years and every once in a while my nerve flares up and aches but I've been lucky. Most of my pain is in my back. I've taken nerve relaxers since my back journey began, first I tried neurontin, then lyrica and now I take topamax. The only one I didn't like was neurontin, the side effects were terrible. I'm not certain about interactions, it's probably best to discuss that with your surgeon.

Lori, take advantage of the time you have scheduled with your surgeon on friday. I would recommend making a list of questions beforehand so you don't get there and forget everything you wanted to discuss with him. Make it clear that your pain is out of control and that you don't intend to leave his office until he gives you something strong enough to control it. I personally think you need something for pain that is longer-lasting than 4-6 hours. For example, I take oxycontin twice a day (every 10-12 hours) and I also take percocet (10/325) for breakthrough pain. I began taking oxycontin about a year ago after my fusion surgery b/c my pain was out of control, at that time I was only taking 2 percocet's (10/325) every 4 hours. My surgeon thought it would control my pain longer and better. I would ask your surgeon about a longer-lasting pain med with a shorter-acting pain med for breakthrough pain like percocet. Ofcourse, you also want to ask about a nerve med to calm that sciatic nerve of yours.

I hope and pray your appt goes well on Friday. Be calm but persistent. Let your surgeon know you mean business, you're in pain and you need relief. No one deserves to live with the pain you're living with, especially so soon after surgery. Your arrogant surgeon has been around long enough to know that you're in severe pain. Hang in there.[/FONT]