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[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]