FM What do pain specialists do?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by CanBrit, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    Hi there.

    For those of you who have been seen by a pain specialist, can you tell me what it is they do that my family Dr doesn't?

    Thanks for any and all feedback.


  2. catlin

    catlin New Member

    they take x-rays of your spine to see if you have any issues causing pain, they offer meds (it is easier to get meds from them, you can ask for what you will think will work and they are very good about it.) They offer massage therapy for myofacial pain (covered by insurance.) They have been the most understanding of all the doctors I have seen. Some can be bad, if you get a bad one, change. Good luck
  3. blueyegirl57

    blueyegirl57 New Member

    Hi, My name is Nancy and I live in upstate, NY. I am looking for a good Dr. Where do you live? I need to find a good Doctor,. Thanks
  4. dragon06

    dragon06 New Member

    I am not sure as my family doctor provides all the things that were just listed. She also provides trigger point injections. And we have a Rheumy I see once every few months for consultation.

    I do have other doctors as well as I have issues other than just FM.

    But my family doctor provides all the FM care that I need and more.
  5. angelscutoo

    angelscutoo New Member

    He tried to and for some time helped me by giving me shots into my back. They eventually stopped working. They blocked the pain and worked well for a while. Once that stopped working I just started having my family doctor treat the pain.
  6. FMsaddenedspirit

    FMsaddenedspirit New Member

    Hello Eileen
    Thanks for asking this , I to have been wondering if it would be worth it,
    I get my pain meds from my family Doctor, as I have to pick up a hard script each month for Perc 750/325 and he is just right around the corner from me.
    I looked many years to find him he is great !

    I hope more people resp. I would like to know more

    Hoping today is a good day

  7. jenn_c

    jenn_c New Member

    after trying for several months to control my pain, he said that he wasn't really knowledgable on pchronic pain relief. He then sent me toa wonderful pain specialist who has helped me alot. Sometimes I calll my pain guy for things that I would go to my PCP for.Hope this helps.

  8. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    I'm a little late in responding as I have my four grandchildren up!!! Crazy stuff.

    Nancy, I live just outside Ottawa which is where my Dr. practices. He's just fantastic.

    I appreciate all your comments. I'm quite interested to see his recommendations since I've only had my Dr's feedback and the rheumatologist that diagnosed me told me he didn't treat people with FM. Nice huh!

    Thanks again to all.

  9. hensue

    hensue New Member

    Like every other doc. My doc doesnt like giving out valuim and klonoopin. it being a schedule 11 drug. Something like that.
    So I have to go every 3 months to a pain specialist. He always ask how i am doing?
    I see them doing all kind of things. Like spinal blocks.
    My doc who is very good who diagnosed this, they can get sued or their license taking away so fast. If something happen to someone. We sat down and discussed klonopin. I take only one mg. at night with valuim on a good day it works with ear plugs. I wanted to increase so if i was in pain sometimes. You can take it and it helps calm everything. He is very good he said he would give me something else for pain. He did not want to increase the dosage for Klonopin. He had one lady that could not remember. So her children brought her in this is no lie. She was taking it all through the day and night. She did not have alzheimers or demetia. It was the klonopin had to take her off and she did not regain that memory.
    My son who had anxiety problems had mentioned to me one time he could not take it because he could not remember things.
    He helps me put things in perspective. He is also there if I need him.
    So he knows if i take over the amount he would cancel my precriptions. It is a way to make sure people take there med they way they should and not get carried away which is easy to do when you are in pain.
    A pain doc will not have there license taken away if they are legit.
  10. frosty77

    frosty77 New Member

    It depends on the specialist or clinic. The first pain clinic I was sent to this year (only 20 miles from my home) only likes to treat chronic pain that will resolve (such as sports injuries). The doctor I saw there said, yes, you have FM/CFS - you'll live, see you later.

    So back I went to my primary for another visit (which is very annoying as I work full time and it's tough to schedule time off for appointments - and, of course, no one has night or weekend appts). I got another referral to yet another pain clinic (further away naturally).

    The key is to make sure before you go that the pain clinic treats FM!