Quoting SaraSaraBoBara:" yeah...well i would at least want him to do an xray just to check it out on that level as well. and ... [snip!] ... themselves. i suppose i should just ask around and try to find a good doctor that will understand and hopefully isn't a quack."
Maybe it's just me, but every doctor I know shells out pills. I've never left the ER without a prescription for hydrocodone, tramadol, or flexerill. They also always give me demoral or morphine while IN the er. I've gotten like....4-5 different prescriptions of hydrocodone in the last 3 months because of my gallbladder.
My sister had lupus and her doctor gave her so much pain medicine, it eventually killed her.
So, the doctor you see will probably give you them right off the bat, as well as doing x-rays and checking to see what is happening and to see if something could give you a more permanent pain relief. Unless he/she is against giving pain relievers. But I see what you're saying.