Long story short, I self-diagnosed fibro and my gp confirmed it a few years ago. I started seeing a physiatrist (doc who deals with the body's movement) perhaps a year and a half ago, he also confirmed the dx.
Since the beginning, I have complained of lower back pain. The physiatrist sent me for an xray on my first visit and said it doesn't show anything.
I have had significant back pain since my pregnancy with our second child- almost 14 years ago. For the past three years or so, it's been increasing in both severity and occurances. Right now, I am at the point where something so simple- bending over to load the dishwasher, leaning over to a 90 degree angle, emptying the washing machine- sends me into a pain so intense it literally immoblizes me and takes my breath away. It's a.......torquing down for lack of a better word.... feels like someone is twisting the muscles and nerves until they can no longer function and like my hips are being ground away. Movement is impossible... my legs feel like they are locked in place.
Each time I mention the pain to my fibro doc, he just mentions using a back brace (doesn't help) and ups my fibro meds. I have actually asked for some sort of pain reliever and he said he hates to use them as it's hard to go 'back' from them.
I currently take:
50 mg Pristiq
2100 mg Neurontin
150 mg Lyrica
50 mg Flexeril
Daily. I see no change in my back pain and I quote the doc from the last visit:
"Lyrica is a stronger version of Neurontin"
Um.... then why give me both?
I am uninsured and whatever meds I don't recieve via the Pfizer Cares program are paid for out of pocket.
Forgot to mention, he has given me samples of Lidocaine patches and they don't help.
My brother (insured) suffers from degenerative disk disease and after reading up on it, I suspect this may be my issue.
I really hate to complain of the same thing over and over again at each appointment and just have him up the dosage of my fibro meds each time. It's not helping and I am beginning to think it's falling on deaf ears. He did write a script for an MRI six months ago, but without insurance, no one really wants to see me and set up a payment plan.
He says with an MRI we can 'have a better idea of what we are dealing with and how to treat it'.
This is really wearing me down....emotionally, physically and mentally- others have even noticed. 24/7 pain can do that, I guess.
I am considering going back to my gp over this. I will keep the physiatrist for fibro issues but not anything to do with my back- if all he is going to do is continue to raise dosages on meds that have shown to have no effect on my back pain.
I am desperate for some relief. Thoughts on this?