Doctor Won't Prescribe Pain Meds

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by chris636m, May 27, 2003.

  1. chris636m

    chris636m New Member

    Hi, I was just wondering if there were any others who have had bad experiences with trying to find a good doctor? I was diagnosed as having Fibromyalgia six months ago and I have a hard time making it through most days! My doctor has given me Effexor and Elavil, which do nothing for my pain. I've been given Celebrex, which also does nothing for pain. Today I called my doctors office and asked if he could prescribe me something for my pain because the pain has been so unbearable that I can't sleep at night. He called back and said I had to come to his office if I wnated to get a prescription. After sitting in his office for an hour, he treated me as if I were a drug addict looking for a fix! He had the nerve to suggest that I was'nt really experiencing any pain and that I did not need any narcotics. I did not ask for narcotics! I have been to see a Rhuematologist,a Nuerologist,a Chiropractor and I have had umpteen test run , but no one seems to be able to help me! I live in Missouri does anyone of a good doctor who can help me? Chris
  2. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi Chris welcome to the board. I have heard your story so many times with doctors and FM/CFS. I am so sorry you were treated so badly.

    We have a 'Doctor Referral' link at the top of this board. They are listed by states. Many members here have found a good FM/CFS doctor there.

    Also here is a phone number for; "FM Network" 1-800-853-2929. Maybe between the two you may find someone that believes you are in pain, and will do something for you.

    Maybe one of our members may live in your area and will share their doctor with you .

    Again, welcome to the board, and I sure hope you get some help soon. Let us know how you make out.

    Shalom, Shirl
  3. Myth

    Myth New Member

    I know exactly what you mean! I have yet to find a doc that will treat me with anything but antidepressants such as Elavil and they do nothing for pain. My doc never said I was not in pain, he knows I am. He just said that I would have to deal with it. Others said i was too young to be on something habit forming. Recently I was given percocet for headaches. I was having these real bad debilitating chronic headaches (not migraines but similar) and he gave me those painkillers for it. Only two perscriptions and no more. I only use them when I need to, but when I got the second perscription he gave me that 'look'. Quite frankly I do not understand why they are so reluctant. I have never developed an addiction to any pain reliever and only take them as needed. I have a strong resistence to most pain drugs for some reason and very little side effects. it is not as though I get stoned on them- but they would help to make it through work rather than calling in sick. personally I think chronic pain sufferers do not get addicted to pain killers as readily as others- the pills are working too hard! I found it rather ironic that he was giving me such a strong pain killer for my episode of headaches but not the other horrible pains I get. Somehow I think it must be that either he knows what it is like to have such a headache or I was able to describe the amount of pain more accurately. People seem to underestimate how bad the muscle pain of FMS really is- do they think it is like after a work out at the gym? Personally this had always ticked me off. I guess I will have to wait until I am 'old' enough to get any sort of relief.
  4. Princessraye

    Princessraye New Member

    For about 12 years I refused any type of pains meds and by the time I wanted them the Dr. did not want to give them to me.
    Try to find otheres in your community with this condition who have a caring Dr. that will give them pain medicine.

    I finally got pain medicine from a GP who understood.

    Do an internet search for fibromyalgia in your community. Check the good Dr. list on this site. Try to find a support group in your area .

    Good Luck
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Welcome to our board. Sweetie, most docs are afraid of prescribing opiods for pain. You need to find a good pain specialist. They not only understand our kind of pain, but they have a lot of weapons as their disposal to help. Ask a lot of questions when calling for an appt. Be sure the doc treats people with FMS. Get a referral from you own doc if you can. Good luck.

    Love, Mikie
  6. epicurean

    epicurean New Member

    The only Dr. that has helped me is a anesthesiologist/pain managment dr.They understand how pain works and how to treat it more than any other type of Dr.I see him once every 4-6 weeks,gives me a number of meds to help with sleep and pain,and has me going to P.T. as well.(I also have FM).Good-luck,hopw you can find one,has made a BIG difference in how I feel!!

  7. AnnetClo

    AnnetClo New Member

    I'm so sorry you have to go through this. The frustration only makes the pain worse, doesn't it?

    Find out if there is a FM/CFS support group in your area and attend. And while you are there, ask some of the people who they see, what they are treated with and how the doctor treats them. These are the people who will tell you like it is.

  8. chris636m

    chris636m New Member

    Hi to everyone, Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my message! You have all given me some great ideas! It is nice to know that someone else understands what your'e going through. I wish everyone a Fibro pain free day! I'm sending a hug to everyone who needs one today! Huggggggssssss, Chris
    [This Message was Edited on 05/28/2003]
  9. AC77

    AC77 New Member

    That was very not right of him! He should have at least given you something 'to get you over the hump' Next time a doc says that too you say this: I know you must think a lot of people asking for pain killers are drug seekers, but you can pull a blood test on me RIGHT now to check for this--to see of there are an illicit substances in me. If you don't want to treat my pain then I will inform the appropriate medical board, as I am entitled by law, to proper pain relief. Good day!
  10. AnnetClo

    AnnetClo New Member

    I just think we're been treated so badly by doctors for so long that a lot of us don't have any fight left, especially when no one will treat us for the pain. But I've thought for a long time that more people should take the legal route when they need pain relief. I wouldn't usually advocate a lawsuit, but there is just no excuse for a doctor to treat a patient as shabbily as some of the folks here have been treated.

    You're going to make a good one!!
  11. momkatmax

    momkatmax New Member

    Just the same ol' story.

    Any how when you see your NEW doctor: be careful of mixing Effexor and the pain medication Ultram (tramadol). It can lower the seizure threshold in even a person without epilepsy and cause you to have myoclonus which are muscle jerks. Happend to me.

    good luck and welcome.
  12. stillfighting

    stillfighting New Member


    A lot of time, the pain, esp. headaches, is from muscle spasm. Have you tried flexeril? There also are deep muscle relaxation techniques which can be learned from a psychologist (no, this doesn't mean you're crazy!!!!)

    Also, when going to the doctor, make sure you bring along credible research. has lots of research articles with scientific references. There are also interviews with leading researchers in the field, some of whom talk about the role of opoid drugs in pain relief for FM. Of course, first thing is to find a doctor who will listen to you in the first place!

    Good luck in finding some relief from your pain and in finding an understanding doc!