Well, not the greatest doctor visit ever.
I saw a pain management specialist yesterday to see if there was anything that they could do to help alleviate the pain and to maybe think of some things we could try to help the muscle and annular tear heal.
She wasn’t very helpful on either front.
Dr. T.P. was very thorough in her health history and seemed to be taking very good notes the whole time. She asked what things I had tried and seemed very impressed(?)/astonished(?) that I had tried so many avenues. What did she think? That I would just be laying around for a year and half twiddling my thumbs? Of course I would be proactive!
Yet, she didn’t have really much to offer on pain relief. She gave me a cream to try out, but I was hoping for something, I guess, more substantial. She had no suggestions on things that I could do to improve the annulus, or to improve the muscle. She said no way on IDET, no on disc replacement, and no on further epidural steroid injections. The reason behind no more epidural steroid injections was that she said it does wonders for people who have sciatica, not for the type of diffuse, generalized pain I am having from my annular tear. She had no comment on fusion and complete disc removal. What she did suggest was trying the PRP. She really wants me to try and tough it our for a few years until stem cells are available. She thinks that’s the wave of the future.
So really, leaving her office, what it boils down to is that I will have this back pain for years to come, with no relief in sight, and with the hope that stem cells will cure/fix me.
That caused some tears last night. No kids. No adopting. No job. No sitting. No life.