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Jul 5, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Thank you for replying. I have thought about a pain pump. Because I really don’t see how a pain stimulator is going to help my pain. And you are so right about pharmacies treating me like a druggy. I’v Had to have my regular pharmacy call another pharmacy so I can get a refill of my pain medication. It’s terrible how they treat people.
I go to the pain doctor this Monday and will be asking more questions since I just got surgical clearance.

Jul 4, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Thank you for your response. I truly believe a second opinion is needed in this procedure. My insurance will pay for a second opinion. I had all my surgeries in Ohio before moving back to my home state of Florida. I have bilateral knee replacements, right hip replacement and had two back surgeries. I have been through a lot. I guess my 1st step is to ask my PCP for a referral to a neurosurgeon. That is who did both my back surgeries. I feel they are the best qualified to do these surgeries. I will call them tomorrow and get a referral. Thank you for helping me make this decision.
Darlene

Jul 4, 2018 · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Hi. My name is Darlene and I’v Had chronic back pain since my 1st back surgery in 2012. I was fused from L1-L5 for my 1st surgery. I had suffered with back pain from my early 20’s and I was 57 for my first surgery. I had scoliosis, stenosis and several other problems. I was put on prescription drugs for pain in February 2013, seeing a pain management doctor who tested me for everything.
With generic testing I was found to be an ultra rapid metabulizer. So my pain meds are limited after being tried on just about everything. I had a herniated disc in March 2017, so additional surgery to extend my fusion to S1. Since every doctor wants you off opioids I’m in the process of getting a spinal cord pain stimulator. I’m so afraid it will not work because I have pain that now seems to be SI joints. I think I need a second opinion. My pain is constant from my lumbar spine down my butt, to both hips. My left leg randomly goes to sleep with pins and needles. I don’t know what to do. They only did the MRI for my lumbar spine and did not go down to my SI joints.
Any suggestions on where to go next?