Why hello there, T-Nation,
I know there are a lot of knowledgeable people and a few doctors amongst you, so I come to you for advice:
I’ve had back pain for about 4 years now. Basically, my upper/mid back is always stiff and if I stand or sit upright for more than ~20 minutes, I start to feel pain that gets progressively worse. Starts out concentrated and as an annoying pain, maybe a 2/10, and progressively spreads across my back and turns into a 7-8/10.
I’ll try not to write unnecessary stuff here, so let’s just say that it severely effects my quality of life. I’ve seen five or six doctors and they all say, with great confidence, that it’s from various sources and that they can fix it. I always do what they say and nothing helps. I’ve been through physical therapy twice. I’ve stopped lifting and that just made it worse, so I still lift.
So, I’d like to get some opiates prescribed, preferably oxycodone. I can be on 400mg codeine and 400+mg Tramadol and still be in a good amount of pain.
Thing is, the source is undiagnosed. And any doctor I see either basically gives up, send me to another doctor, or send me to therapy, which I go to for however long and it does nothing. Who do I need to see and what do I need to say to get a prescription for some strong opiates, preferably with refills? Hydrocodone doesn’t really do much either, and the APAP is a bitch and I have to cold water extract it.
Just now, I found some local docs off of http://www.aapainmanage.org/, a site that someone on a Yahoo answers thread posted. But before I call/go to see one, I’d like to know what I have to say to get at least oxycodone prescribed.