HELP-SOMEBODY PLEASE!!!! MY DR. IS SENDING ME TO PAIN MANAGEMENT

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by nje, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. nje

    nje New Member

    I KNOW THERE ARE SOME OF YOU THAT GO TO PAIN MANAGEMENT;I`VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE,AND DON`T WANT TO GO NOW,BUT MY DR. GOT UPSET BECAUSE I WAS 1 DAY EARLY RUNNING OUT OF MY PERCOCET;1 DAY EARLY IN OVER A YEAR AND HE FREAKS ON ME AND IS MAKING AN APPT. FOR ME AT A PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER sorry about the caps

    what do they do there,do they take you off your pain meds and try some mumbo jumbo crap? sorry,but i`m upset, don`t know what to expect. all i know is i hurt bad without the percocet. somebody that truly has been to one or knows for good about them, please write back in a hurry. i`m in a flare thats why i`m ill. thanks to any who will have input on this nje
  2. joisey

    joisey New Member

    Try it...I think you will be suprised at how much they want to help your pain. I went to pain management a yr ago and that was the 1st time I had any help managing pain in 5yrs. MD did nothing for me.

    After taking very good medical history, they evaluated my condition & explained everything thoroughly. They advised me of all meds and I had to sign a contract about meds and abusing them. They worked along w/my rheumy.

    They take one step at a time. They always advised me to call them if the treatment was or was not helping. They are specialist in this field. Good luck!
  3. Rose_Red

    Rose_Red New Member

    with pain management docs is that they will drug est you for 2 reasons. 1- to make sure you don't use illegal drugs an 2-to make sure you're taking the drugs they give you in the correct amounts.

    pain management docs are ow the ones that run the narcotics. too many docs are afraid of getting arrested for supplying the black market trade or sued for prescribing. expect the drug test.

    most of what they did for me (and i went to a couple different ones in different states) was see me once a month, bill my ins, write prescriptions for more narcotics than I could actualy take and offer lidocaine injections for those excruciatingly painful tender points.

    you never know - they may offer you an option of pain meds that aren't narcotic. there's no need to be scared. just remember not to 'ask' for specific pills. just let them know what has and has not worked for you in the past. you should be comfortable enough with the doc to express these fears.

    unfortunatly, i've had to grow a rather thick skin from dealing with other peoples ignorance. especially in the health care profession - as have most if not all of us here. please try not to take any of it personally - they do this to everyone.

    hopefully you'll have a pleasnat and helpful visit. we're always here. good luck.
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I am always recommending that members see pain specialists. Mine knew more about our illnesses than any of my other docs at the time.

    Most pain specialists do prescribe drugs but there are a few which do not. Ask when you call to ensure that you will be able to get effective pain relief.

    Love, Mikie
  5. lovinlifeinAK

    lovinlifeinAK New Member

    and boy am I!! I found out that I have 2 torn disk - that the more I do I am getting disk fluid in on my nerves - which is what is causing my constant pain.

    He said that 70% of the people that come in w/ a dx of fibro, wind up having a disk problem and once it is fixed - or treated, they have no more pain. The other 30% actually do have fibro and do really well with Cymbalta.

    Also you see a Doc that teaches you relaxtion technics - that are amazing, and a physical therapists that specializes in chronic pain. I have been very impressed by my experience so far.
  6. achy

    achy New Member

    He's the only doc...our of 5...that realised I have 2 disks in my cervical spine that are pinching my spinal canal.

    try it a few times, If you don't like it, don't go. Ask for another doc. But, most do the same thing, just with different attitude.

    good luck
    achy
  7. LottieWilkins

    LottieWilkins New Member

    Give it a try! My pain management doc is terrific in several ways. One is that he is not afraid of prescribing whatever is needed, even though monitoring my use of it carefully. My primary care doc, while fully supportive for years, and always prescribing what helped improve quality of life, was also often nervous about long-term pain meds or increasing dosages. The pain doc is much more familiar with what is safe and common in the treatment of chronic pain.

    The other terrific thing is the pain doc's depth of knowledge about what to look for, what to try. He's been a wealth of ideas and willing to try and support almost anything I'm willing to try. With his help I got extended physical therapy, a good PT referral, and even got the insurance company to purchase a rather expensive home traction unit for me.

    Best wishes on trying out the new situation. Let us know how it goes.