I never shared this but back in May 2017 I walked in for my routine visit with my Internist and she announced that the DEA was sending her alerts on every medication (Opioid) she wrote. I was shocked. She told me she would be sending me to a Pain Mgmt Specialist who she felt would be good for me. I was not happy as it always seemed easier to go to the drs office – pick up my script once a month.
I made the appointment with Dr. Bradley. He spent 30 mins with Tom and I and we both liked him a lot. I read his bio before going, and was impressed. He spent 18 years in the Army and had worked with wounded soldiers. He knew about pain. He ordered a MRI of my back (lumbar) as he wanted a good image of it. He told me I was the classic case. I had surgery at L5 S1 in 2008 after having a Discogram. Dr. Bradley stated that after a few years you do start to have problems. He was right. I also had Degenerative Disc Disease which Dr. Rogers (Surgeon who did my surgery) told me I already had. Of course I also had the painful RSD which is neurological.
We tried the epidurals but I got violently sick- blood sugar spiked on me and I ended up in Urgent Care on IV’s for dehydration. I was a mess. They got my sugars down before I left there.
Next time I saw Dr. Bradley we decided together to just stay on the Fentanyl as it seemed to work for me for now. I was also given a low dose break through pain med which I have only taken a few thus far… It’s hard but I do not want to go any higher. It tough – really tough. I know they will help me if I really want it. I am blessed to have a great team of doctors. I really am.
Every month I go to see Dr. Bradley – we talk and I get my prescription. Not a big deal.