Narcotics anyone?

Today the doctor made me feel like a junkie.

I have been in pain for a little over a month now.  I have minor, burning lower back pain that is always there.  It’s a constant.  I also have sharp shooting pain coming out of my hip joints and running down the outside of both legs.  The pain gets a lot worse when I stop moving, as in stand still or sit down.  Which is the worst because I can’t get comfortable.  I can’t relax.  I went to a chiropractor, and before you all boo hoo on chiropractors I usually have good luck with them, but I didn’t like this particular chiro.  I felt like he was dismissing my pain and he wasn’t helping.  I had a massage which felt really nice and gave me some pain relief for about a week or so, but I can’t afford $75 every week to try to have some pain relief.  So I talked to our school nurse about what kind of doctor I should start with to try to find out what was wrong with me.  She happens to be married to a chiropractor so she called him to see what he thought.  He thought that I have a ruptured/herniated/slipped disk in my lower back and said that the first chiropractor should have caught it right away.  The only way to definitely diagnose it is with an MRI.  A chiro can’t order an MRI for me because insurance won’t cover it.  So I had to try to find a regular doctor who could squeeze me in as soon as possible (because the pain is definitely getting worse and definitely interfering with my sleep and my job).  And of course since I’m not a regular patient with anyone, trying to get into a doctor quickly was not in the cards.  But I did get lucky.  Noah’s doctor squeezed me in on Monday.  She generally agreed with the chiro’s diagnosis and ordered x-rays and an MRI.  The x-rays came back fairly normal.  I apparently have a bone growth in my hip which may or may not be a problem.  The MRI is scheduled for Sunday morning.  She also prescribed me a muscle relaxer and some prescription strength anti-inflammatory.  I took a muscle relaxer at 9:00 pm and I was a mess and definitely not able to function at work the next day.  So the next night I took a half of a muscle relaxer.  With that one I could function at work the next day, but I didn’t get any pain relief.  I called the doctor today to see if I could get something for my pain like Darvocet (which I have taken before and I know I can handle).  One of her nurses called back and said in a nasty tone of voice, “We don’t like to prescribe narcotics for patients without an office visit.  Would you like to make an appointment for Monday?”  I explained to her that I already have an appointment for Monday and if I felt like my pain could wait until Monday I wouldn’t have called.  Her reply?  “Sorry.  You’ll have to wait for Monday.”  Seriously biotch?  I am sick and tired of being in pain.  It’s constant.  I can’t sit down and relax and I can’t sleep without pain.  I’m a horrible witch to my students b/c I’m either in pain or a drugged haze and I’m starting to take it out on Noah.  I feel like I can’t make it through the weekend.  I hung up and wanted to cry.  I’m not a freakin’ junkie.  I don’t sell drugs or buy drugs from people on the street.  I’m not addicted.  I’m in pain and I don’t wan to be anymore.  Why do doctors have to make us feel like we’re worthless piles of poo?  Just because I didn’t want to go to med school doesn’t mean that I’m making up symptoms and not worth your time!  Argh!

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6 thoughts on “Narcotics anyone?

  1. I had the same problem and a chiro made a big difference. It is a matter of finding the right one though.

    The doc knew I had a bulged disc because I didn’t have a reflex in one of my feet. The MRI didn’t show anything major though, so they referred me to a chiro that did a lot of physical therapy kind of stuff. He said if everyone did Pilates, he wouldn’t have a job.

    I wish I could remember the name of this stuff a co-worker took…it wasn’t a narcotic, but it somehow works the same way narcotics do. Tramadol maybe? Maybe they could give you something non-narcotic?

  2. I’ve never understood why Doctors don’t listen to us when we can’t handle the medicine they give us. Most of these doctors are just overschooled is all. And most of them probably get a kickback from the drugs they prescribe. It’s a crooked system. I hope the MRI proves useful 🙂

  3. I have insomnia and I am not even bothering calling my regular doctor b/c I have asked him before for Ambien and he though I just needed to get over it and get to sleep naturally.

    I am waiting for another specialist to give me the ambien. There goes my sleep for a month.

  4. Ugh. I am so sorry. While I know why they have that policy, it DOES suck for someone (ie you) who just needs some pain relief. And boy, do I hear you on that! I, too, have lower back pain (though not from a slipped disk) and YOWZA can it affect my life. Things I do for it that are not prescription-related: heat (I LOOOOOOVE my hot water bottle) – this at least helps relax the muscles that tense up from all the pain; obviously, OTC pain meds – I find, for me, ones with caffeine help – caffeine is in the ones for migrains and for menstrual cramps, generally, but it sometimes also helps with back pain. Back rubs, for sure (if you have someone who is good at them to give ’em … Bad ones are actually usually WORSE for the pain). And, while it IS prescription related, another option: some anti-depressants also can be used to relieve back pain (the nerves in your spinal cord are a lot like the ones in your brains, and release some of the same chemicals), so this is a non-narcotic option you might want to talk to someone about (they’d know your situation better, and if they could actually help you)

    GOOD LUCK!!!

  5. Awwww honey I’m so sorry!! I really hope you feel better soon 😦 I practically live at my chriopractor’s office for issues with my neck so I understand how amazing a good one can be and how awful a bad one can be. I really hope you get some relief soon!

  6. Oh I know! The other day I was asked if I have “white jacket syndrome” whatever that means. No, I believe you (medical professional) know what you’re talking about but excuse me for wanting to be sure since we’re talking about MY body here. Ugh.

    Feel better soon!

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