I seem to have quite a unique problem. My primary care physician was managing my pain for 4 years simply with Oxycontin and oxycodone. When he moved to New York, I was referred to an actual 'Pain Management' doctor for the first time. By then, I had weaned myself OFF of the Oxycontin, because my goal was to get OFF of pills. After a rough start with the partner, I saw the main doctor about my chronic lower back pain, caused by spinal stenosis. I was taking 15 mg oxycodone hci 4 times a day. I told him my goal was simple: to REDUCE the pills I was on, lose weight (at 5'6" 214lbs, I felt my weight was a key factor) and build core muscles through physical therapy. This doctor acted as if he understood, and it seemed reasonable when he told me that the oxy should be used for 'breakout pain' and not main pain management. So he had me START taking Methadone, 10mg, 3x a day. He also started me on something at night only called Zonegran, 100mg, at 2x a night for a week, then 3, and was going to have me at 4 if I hadn't insisted at an appointment that something had to stop. I was falling asleep at work, and feeling generally BAD most of the time. He said I was probably having a tough time adjusting to the methadone and the Zonegran, so he he dropped the Z down to 2 per night and Methadone to one in the am, 1 in the pm. So this is where I am now: I don't have the terrible fatigue all the time, but I feel sick -- REALLY sick -- ALL the time! Sick to my stomach, sick in my bowels...and it has suddenly occurred to me: I TOLD this doctor that my PRIMARY goal was to take FEWER pills, and he actually, got me hooked on methadone! Is this normal practice? Or do I need to find a new doctor? This is new territory for me. I don't know who to turn to; my primary care physician who is still here , sure, but all he ever does is send me for tests - LITERALLY. I really need some advice, please.View Thread
I have tried, on two occasions now, to talk to the doctor about how bad I feel. He TOLD me to call his office and talk to him anytime, I have done so twice and have never received a call back.View Thread
I doubt it...we discussed it at length. The 'partner' was quite insistent that I try this therapy of his where I come in and have him stick needles into my spine. He said I needed to be awake so I could tell him 'if he hit a nerve'. I explained to him that I had a deep-rooted phobia against needles in my back for nearly 30 years, and in fact because of it delivered both of my daughters natural, no epidural (they are now ages 20 and 29). He saw on my chart that I had Xanax prn for anxiety, so he told me to 'just bring 2 or 3 of those with you'. When I explained to him that you can't CURE a 30-year old phobia with a handful of Xanax, he told me I was 'being foolish' !!! Everything went downhill from there. I am convinced that he is culturally prejudiced against women to the point of misogyny. The Senior partner is better, that's who I see now, but I think I need a new doctor altogether.View Thread
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