Hey all. Like most of you, i have several diagnosis: fibro, degenerative joint and disc disease, polyarthalgia. I have had back surgery and see a pain specialist. One if the first questions i asked is if they treat fibro as agressivly as they would my herniated disc and arthritis. They assured me they did.
When i went to them, i had just blew out my L5-S1 herniation and while they took a full history and had my past records, the focus was on my back.
That was summer 2015.
So back then I was on cymbalta 60 mg, neurontin 600 mg three times a day, tramadol 100 mg, 4 times a day.
After i came back from having my surgery, i started seeing the nurse practioner who has been changing up my meds.
First dropping my tramadol by half, taking me off neurontin altogether, and putting me on buspar patches. 3 months no improvement, pain worse.
She refers me to a rheumatologist "who can treat that fibro stuff" who puts me back on neurontin but only 300 mg 2 times a day.
Back at the pain doc i reiterated that what i am on is not working
She switches me to fentanyl 12 mg every three days. And drops my tramadol down to 50 mg twice a day.
Next appintment, i tell her that pain is worse. SHE isnt comfortable raising it. BTW, I am 5'5" and 240. Not a lightweight.
Same thing next two appointments AND she wont accept my written statement of what i have been able to do/not do etc to scan into my chart. She wants me to get epidural injections. I dont have the 750.00 each injection and told her that. She wont raise or change my meds, says she wants me to figure out how to get the injections so i can come off my meds(!!!!)
So, my next appt in april 12, i made the appt with the doctor, not the nurse practioner. I want to go over what i am experiencing and the relief i am not experiencing and my complete distrust and dislike of the np.
Any suggestions on how to do this somewhat politly ?
And if he is in the same vein as her, what has been your criteria to select a new pain doc?