I was hoping someone could help! I am a 35 Year Old Female. For about 2 and a half years now, I have been having pain in my lower back and hio. My ortho sent me for an MRI and he said I had Spondylolisthesis. He treated it with Physical Therapy (which didn't work) and with Pain meds. He retired about a year and a half ago and I can't find someone who will treat me because its a "Chronic Condition. I was finally sent to a pain clinic. The Dr there wants me to have Facet injections and I am so afraid to try that. I have had some cortisone injections that have done nothing. I went back to my Family Practitioner who said it sounds like I could also have a touch of arthritis in my back and hips so she set up an appt for me to see a rhrumatologist. Anyone experience anything like this? It no that I want pain meds but that seems like the only thing that helped. I am in so much pain! When I did have the pain meds I would only take 1/2 a pill at a time instead of a whole one that was prescribed. I haven't asked any Dr for them because they make you feel like your a drug addict! lol Any opinions would be appreciated!
Thank You so much for your reply! I'm glad to know that I am nnot going crazy. When I was seeing my ortho before he retired he was giving me Percocet which was really helping! I am not one that wants to get a "high" either. If I was in pain at work (I sit at a desk for 8 hrs and sometimes sitting too long brings on my back and hip pain) I would take 1/2 of a percocet then maybe 2 hrs later take the other half, or was going to have to be alone with my kids (2 boys, 7 & 8, very active) I would do the same thing. Other times when I knew my husband would be around etc I would take the correct amount. When I would see my ortho and he asked if I needed a refill, sometimes I was afraid to say yes because I didn't want him to think I just "wanted" them. Its all so frustrating and I think I just have to get past what doctors will think because I know what my pain is and have had an MRI and it was diagnosed. If it can be treated without pain meds thats great too! Sorry if I am rambling on but I just felt you understood what I have been going through! Thanks for listening