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EVERY DAY

Feb 08, 2009 - 1 comments
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communicating with doctors

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BULGE DISC

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FACET JOINT SYNDROME

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SCOLIOSIS<10



I AM NOT HAVING A VERY GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE DUE TO THIS DEGENERATIVE DISC & JOINT DISEASES. PLUS THE BULGE DISC AND THE SPONDYLOLISTHESIS! DEAR LORD SEND ME TO DOCTORS THAT REALLY CARE, AND THAT WILL NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ME JUST BECAUSE OF ME BEING ON INDIGENT COUNTY ASSISTANCE.THE PAIN SPECIALIST I WENT TO AT METROPLEX PAIN MANAGMENT-DR. MIKE STANTON WAS JUST HORRIBLE. HE FRIGHTENED ME BY TELLING ME THAT NOTHING IS GOING TO HELP ME BUT FACET JOINT INJECTION.IN JESUS NAME I THANK YOU. FOR HELPING ME GET TO A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE.

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by nervosbreakdown, Apr 14, 2009
Wow Im sorry, I Have the same degenerative problems as yourself, including spondylolisthesis. I was working as a surgical assistant and I was fired last august because of my condition. I'm now on disability from my employer without insurance and am fighting to get on SSD. When i had insurance i had five injections and a discogram that showed disc bulges l3-l4, l4-l5, l-5-S1. The injections never worked but I always did them because i thought they would eventually. But, after 5 injections and 13,000 in medical bills they became inappropriate. I saw the spine surgeon who told me if after the first injection it showed no relief of pain I should not have had anymore. I need a three level fusion which at my age of 26 years old they will not preform. I was sched to stabalize the grade 2 spondylolisthesis when i got fired. Since august my doctor in las vegas Dr.Basu was kind enough to keep treating me without insurance for $80.00 each visit. I am on pain medicine Kadian which was changed to Ms contin after i lost my insurance, and roxicodone. These pain medications are resonable and control my pain when combined, when i take the control release morhine alone it doesent work well without the other medication which is for breakthrough pain. After being on the pain medication for a while I have realized i'm going to be in this pain for the rest of my life and I know now that the medication is a life saver but its tine to start to understand how to life with the the pain without suffering. I dont know if im crazy but I have tried to take as little pain medication as possible, and trying to make it a mind over matter situation. I dont know if its working but i am still trying to learn to disconect the pain and push myself along the coast of life without pain and pain management controling my daily life. My sugestion is do whatever it is in your power to be strong and try to train your mind to use as little meds as possible. I know its hard to imagine this when your in extreame pain trust me i understand completley. My pain gets so bad I dont even thin pain is a good word for it if there were a word to describe it would be a conbination of suffering plus loss of life. Getting to that point with your pain does not come from someone else like me telling you about other ways to deal with your pain, you will eventually cross a path in you life were you will beable to tell yourself what you need to do. As far as this doctor forcing facet injections on you, with my experience they are bogus everyone I speak to say they have not worked, but i am no doctor and I have talked with a limited number of people just at the clinic i go to. You are your own advocate Tell this doc NO I DONT WANT THIS. With your documented spine condition they have to treat your pain. Looking for another doctor may be hard since you saw this doctor first but just assure that if they will provide treatment that you will comply and only use their services never go from one doctor to the next it can get pretty ugly. I suggest that you start looking for a doctor who will treat you now you cannot live your life in chronic pain and you dont have to.PEacE

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