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Hi everyone :wave:

I had a very disappointing phone call today back from my doctor (actually the nurse). My doctor has been out of town, and left me in a messed up situtation.

To give some history of meds for reference, this is what I am taking.

Celebrex 200mg 1 x daily (worried about side effects)
Switched from Naproxen 500mg 3 x daily (did nothing)

Soma 350mg 3 x daily (helps a little bit with tension)
Switched from Skelaxin 800mg 3 x daily (did nothing)

Trazodone 50mg 2 x daily at bedtime (helps with sleep)

Ultracet 37.5/325 3 x daily (which is a joke)
Vicodin 5/500 3 x daily (doesn't help much either)

I have been seeing this new doctor "Internal Medicine" for about 4 months now and he basically has put me on these meds and sent me for X-Ray and to PT.

X-Ray shows nothing wrong "what a suprise / sarcastic" and PT didn't help and they were just trying to get me to do stretches which I already do when I can. Plus I have been seeing a Chiro for 3 years for some relief which is temporary, and all PT is was another co-payment without the adjustment. Everything the chiro does, they did at PT.

My doctor basically said he is at the end of his rope and wanted to pass me on. He mentioned pain management where we can look into meds, injections, MRI, and other tests. Also if it came up where surgery was necessary, then they would send me along the chain of commands. He also said if the Ultracet wasn't working let him know. He put in for a referral which I received from my local "Pain Management, Rehab and Physical Therapy office". This is the same place where I previously went for PT.

So I have been having problems with no relief from Ultracet and my referral came in and it said "PT Evaluation" I was confused and upset!

I called and the doctors office calls me today and asks if the Ultracet was not working? I said "YES". They asked me if I would like to pick up some Celebrex? I was like "HELLO! I am already taking Celebrex and also Soma. They help for the stiffness and muscle spasms but not the PAIN! I am in bad pain all day long" The nurse tells me they must have gotten the notes mixed up so they sent it to the Dr. again for review, and they would call again tomorrow with the answer about the Ultracet. She also informs me that my referral was for ONLY PT. I was floored with anger and disappointment!

He said Pain Management not PT, he knows I have tried that already with no help! So I cannot see the PM docs there at the office, only the PT's. Which means NO tests, NO MRI's, NO Meds, NOTHING but stupid stretches!! Which I already do!

The nurse tells me that she will look into my evaluation from being there previously, and would also get back to me on that tomorrow. She also states that the PT can send me over to the PM side. I was like they didn't before what's gonna change now, I need tests! This was so frustrating!

All I can do now is wait, which really is upsetting me. sorry for being winded, I just needed to vent. I guess if the phone call does not go the way I want it to, I will make an appt and plead my case, begging for help and the proper tests. My doc seemed concerned when I see him, but now it seems he wanted to pass me on, well pass me to a PM not a PT. GEEZ!!

I hope everyone is doing better than I am today..

Hottrodd

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* 27 years old, male
*Chronic upper back pain for about 6 years, recently getting really bad, really stiff in the morning takes forever to get going, lasts all day everyday.
*Crackling sounds from rib cage area across upper and middle back when stretching.
* Pain, tightness and burning all day long, usually ranges from a 4 through 9 depending on the day and how my body wants to react. Usually it's at least a 6/7 all day recently, used to be an annoying 3/4 all day, which I lived with but hated.
*Problem areas are mainly around breastbone area of chest, across shoulder blades, dead center upper back, upper shoulders and back of neck. Feels as if it's muscles and bones/joints, possibly ribs.
*Muscles spasms, had a couple that were severe enough to go to ER, felt like I was having a heart attack, pain radiated through upper back to chest area.
*Taking Vicodin 5/500 Soma 350 and Celebrex 200, which also helps somewhat but not to where I am not bothered by the pain, burning, tightness ect..
*Chiropractic 3 years, PT on and off again, all of which produces results that do not last for more than the day I have them.
*Can't remember any trauma I had that would have caused all this. Don't understand how it's getting worse.
*Can't really do anything, lifting, heavy physical ect.. Try and walk and stretch when I can.
*Still undiagnosed and waiting


[This message has been edited by hottrodd (edited 07-29-2003).]





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