I had a hernia repair surgery in late March and had some discomfort afterwords. It got really bad in July when we moved our family from California to Texas. It's a sharp pain that sometimes radiates down my right leg. It's there what seems like all the time, but is worse after activities such as going to the grocery store.
My primary care doctor ordered a CT Scan last month and although I had follow up with her, due to the pain getting worse I had to get into the doctors ASAP. The doctor I saw read my CT Scan and showed that the mesh has been tearing into my lining and causing a lot of inflamed scar tissue. He prescribed me Norco 10 mgs and said to try a chronic pain medication called Neurontin 300 mg in the mean time, and sent me to a pain management specialist.
I absolutely can't stand my pain management specialist. He is beyond rude, has no care for personal boundaries, and seems to just cause me more pain than I'm already in. I stopped taking the Neurontin because it wasn't helping me at all, so I told him that I didn't think that it was nerve pain. He told me that he doesn't prescribe pills, but he would prescribe me lyrica if I needed something else. Now, I watch a lot of Golden Girls at nights and there is always commercials for Lyrica, specifically targeting it for diabetic nerve pain. I told him again that I didn't think it was nerve pain and he told me to lay down so he could exam that area.
It has never hurt before when I press in that area, but man did it hurt when he pressed on it. Then he told me, "See it is nerve pain because it hurt when I pressed on it." I was in worst pain than I was going in there. He told me the only thing that he does is steroid injections so the next time I come in to be prepared for to be injected with it.
I want to get a new pain management specialist, as well as see somebody else that specializes in this particular area but I wouldn't know who to see. So I just wanted to get a second opinion or some advice from anybody on here.
1. Is there something else that I can do to heal this pain and fix the problem WITHOUT injections? 2. Could it be nerve pain or does he just not know how to properly exam a painful area? 3. Is there another type of medication that I could take that would be better for this type of pain? Perhaps something for chronic pain that lasts longer than Norcos? I don't want anything too strong just something so I can go a full day without feeling pain.
I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl on 12/12/12 via C-Section and three days later I was having a lot of sharp pain on my right side. It took three months for them to do a proper ultrasound and they found I had a hernia that needed I needed to have surgery for as soon as possible. I had the surgery, and as the months passed I was still having some discomfort in that area. In July we moved from California to Texas and the pain started to get much worse, and was shooting down my right leg.
The doctor finally ordered a CT Scan last month and it showed that my mesh is scraping along my lining and I have a lot of inflamed scar tissue. He prescribed me regular pain medication, as well as a chronic pain medicine called Neurontin (Gabapentin) 300 mg. The Neurontin hasn't been doing anything for me, and I was reading up on it and saw that it is for nerve pain. I don't think the pain that I'm having is nerve pain. I also saw a pain management specialist today (who I greatly disliked) and he basically told me that he doesn't prescribe any type of pills, except for Lyrica, and strictly just works with steroid injections.
Now, I stay up at night and watch a lot of Golden Girls so there is always commercials for Lyrica and so I know that it is specifically for diabetic nerve pain. I tried to explain to him that I don't think it's nerve pain because Neurontin didn't help me, so he said that he would just do steroid injections then to break up the scar tissue.
Is there any other way to break up scar tissue besides injections? Or is there something I can do to stop the mesh from digging in to me because I don't want to get rid of this scar tissue, just to have more develop, and then I'm getting steroid shots the rest of my life.
Also, is there another pain medicine that would last longer than Ibuprofen or Norcos? I don't want anything too strong, I just want something to last. He doesn't prescribe pills apparently but I would at least like recommendations from anybody who has had to deal with constant pain.
Also, it has never hurt when I press down in that area, or when another doctor has pressed there, but today the pain management specialist pressed really hard and pretty much made the pain worse than it was, and he told me, "See, it's nerve pain, you're sore when I press on it." So could it be a nerve or does he just not know how to properly exam?
I hope somebody else can give me some advice on what to do or can relate to the type of pain I'm having. Thanks!View Thread