So what do we do? I’m a 43 year old, otherwise healthy individual, with moderate to severe chronic pain due to degenerative disk disorder from L5-S1, extensive spondylosis, facet arthropathy, stenosis in most of my lumbar vertebrae, and multiple bulged disks and one herniated disk. My pain management specialist took over my care last year and immediately took away all pain meds and sold me a spinal cord stimulator which has given me no relief. He keeps prescribing me Duexis, which he describes as as wonderful new drug that has worked for almost ever patient. Duexis is 800mg ibuprofen with an enteric coating. It doesn’t even touch my pain.
I’ve had every procedure done, oral steroids (med pack), epidurals (7 in 2 years), 3 rf denervments, etc.
None of these procedures have given any relief from my constant agony. If I request a painkiller that I had been taking for breakthrough pain I get accused of being an addict. They take a urine sample every office visit and always pass (yet they bill my insurance $1400 for each UA).
I understand the desire to reduce abuse of narcotic painkillers, but if everything else has been tried then what else is there?
Meanwhile I’ve lost my job, gone bankrupt, lost my home, and soon I will lost my medical insurance.