I have tried two clinics-they don't manage pain, they give cortisone injections & muscle relaxants---which does nothing to help. The injections wear off and they are bad for you, long term & when you take the muscle relaxants, you are useless. I had surgery recently and I found that one 800mg Motrin, 1/2 a percocet, with 1/2 tab "muscle relaxant-baclofen, flexiril, etc.) gave me enough relief to function through the day, be coherent, do calculations, etc. That was the first relief I have had in almost a year, but-good luck getting ANY doctor to prescribe so much as a tramadol. I was "offered" Neurontin, but I don't like the hefty side effects. I don't understand the problem with doctor supervised narcotic pain management. Without it, I am so "sore", I can't even focus on my work.
Since no one will prescribe those things that ARE effective, I am in a never ending state of pain, to some degree- 24/7. Also, I'm not stupid- as you can see, I'm pretty sensible. I think it is my age (this pain started with car accident in Nov 2009 & I am 49 yrs old)? I know someone who is in their 60's and the same doctor I went to prescribed them a drug cabinet, but he is an alcoholic (stopped drinking for going on 30 years, now) and he didn't fill the prescription.
I just don't want to see anybody wasting their time on pain management doctors, when the truth is-they don't manage pain, they only give you high priced procedures that make them the most money, with the least liability. These doctors don't want to prescribe something cheap and effective like percoset-and they don't want legal ramifications for those who abuse the prescribed drugs. This leaves us to pot (which just makes you sleepy and pretty useless & for me doesn't control the pain) or alcohol-which doesn't control pain or hot baths, herbal remedies or obtaining potentially lethal drugs on the internet that may or may not be "real" and may have dangerous ingredients/not FDA approved.
I am in the coastal region of Massachusetts, if anyone knows of a doctor that is not afraid to manage pain, effectively-then let me know-please.View Thread