CHANGE YOUR DOCTOR!
Demand that you want a NEUROPATHIC doctor! That is BS about taking you off pain meds. There is Tramadol 50mg I took them for 7 years (non addictive BTW) the other name for them is Ultram and those are higher dosages usually like 100msg +. If you don't want your doctor to refer you, go to the yellow pages and look under Neuropathy/neuorpathic then check their ratings online (stars).
Thank you for your advice! I will start looking for a neuropathic doc ASAP!
I agree with the above post. There's absolutely no reason why you should be treated like this. That is a very extensive surgery you've had, and I'm surprised 7.5mg hydro was even strong enough, especially right after surgery.
Taking all that Advil and Tylenol isn't good for you, don't let this Doctor do anything else to you until you get another opinion. Can you get copies of your MRI's and Xrays to take with you to see a new doctor, it would really help expedite matters?
Sorry you're having to go through all this, I've had similar experiences, so I kind of know what you're going through. If your pain gets unbearable go to the E.R. don't take too much Tylenol or advil.
I agree w Eveningsun & Kalvin, you definitely need to get rid of your doc. Not sure what a neuropathic doc is, but I've had good results with a pain management doc. His approach includes meds & outpatient surgical procedures. (I've also benefited from various alternative therapies.) In addition to the commonly-used epidural injections, he does radio frequency neurotomies ("RFNs"). RFNs basically deaden the nerves in the afflicted spinal areas. They have provided me with substantial pain relief, and allowed me to reduce my pain meds. (My chronic pain also results from an accident in which I had burst fractures of L1 & L2. I now have a 6-level fusion after 1 botched & 2 revision fusion surgeries.) My pain meds include tramadol (Ultram), which contains no Tylenol. I've learned that pain meds w. Tylenol, e.g. Norco & Vicodin, are not good for long term pain mgt due to bad effects on liver. Good luck!
Forgot to mention in above comment that I had fusion rods removed. They were intended to be permanent, but 2 1/2 yrs after the initial fusion surgeries I just had a feeling they were causing me more pain. I even thought they were shifting, esp going down the stairs. Docs said that was not psb after all that time, but nevertheless removing them might help with pain. Turns out I was right. The fusion hadn't completely healed & rod screws were loose. A cadaver bone lattice was added & rods removed. For me, it was worth the extra surgery, but I understand my situation was highly unusual. (Don't know for sure, but lack of healing may have been related to pituitary damage caused by head trauma in accident.)
Hi, I to have pain had my surgery at 35 now 54 , still have my rods in back, from bottom of my neck to bottom of my back, I have 3 verbras left to bend with, has not been a easy go, now my chest ,upper back, shoulders,neck , collar bone hurts, But hate when chest hurts its a dull cake for days, does your chest do that? I don't take any pain pills just Advil here and there, do not want to take rods out oh and whole back fused to besides bottom part to bend. Wish you luck on getting yours fixed, by the way my back still numb in places , I can lay in sun get burned on back never feel it,