Just a quick question about meds before Dr's apt?/

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by shelby319, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. shelby319

    shelby319 New Member

    I will be seeing my pain management specialist on Jan 18th, and had a thought about when he tests for trigger points and tender points, if I should take my morning pain med before hand?

    I thought seeing I take MS Contin, by taking it I might not beable to tell him exactly what or where it hurts as much, seeing my body will have reduced pain sensors by the time of my apt., which is 9 am in the morning...too early in fact for me, as it takes awhile for the MS Contin to work anyway.

    Could or should it be a good idea to not take it first thing in the morning or skip it for a couple of hrs, and that way he would have a better point of view about my pain and I can tell him when he presses on those points? Just a thought, but I was thinking maybe a good thought?/!!

    Thanks to anyone who might have a suggestion or thought on this~~
    Have a sparkling evening to all~
    Shelby
  2. AllWXRider

    AllWXRider New Member

    If you take the pain meds, then he'll say that your meds are working OK and see you in 3 months.

    If you don't take them, then you can ask for perhaps some treatment of the problem rather than just killing the pain.

    You could ask the doctor about the cause of your FM:
    Viruses?
    Depression and if so, then toxic metals?
    Try and get at the root cause.

    Ask the doctor about systemic enzyme treatment or just try it yourself. Enzymes:
    Reduce inflammation
    Cleanse the blood
    Dissolve fibrin blockages in ischemic pain
    Dissolve scar tissue
    Dissolve the isoprin coating on certain viruses

  3. kirschbaum26

    kirschbaum26 New Member

    Hi:

    I agree, it could go either way. If you do not take the meds, then you should warn him...otherwise he might apply too much pressure.

    I was dx with FMS after a bad car accident and I was on lots of pain meds...my doctor touched me on one of the tender points and I nearly flew off the exam table.

    My rheumatologist usually asks me not to take my morning meds when I see him...so that he can see what the status of my RA flare is...not much fun. I try to get the first appointment...but not always successful at it. I am also pretty grumpy after 4 or 5 hours with no pain meds...so it is good for him to see that affect on my life as well.

    Good luck to you.

    Ingrid
  4. caffey

    caffey New Member

    If you are taking MS Contin keep taking it. You might go into withdrawal depending on when the appt. is. In one way it won't make a difference because it is still in your system. But if you are taking breakthrough meds I would if it were me hold off until after.
    All the best.
    Cath
  5. BobinGermany

    BobinGermany New Member

    Hi,

    Whenever I have a doctors appointment where I may have to tell him/her where it hurts or how bad it hurts I always wait to take my meds when I am done. If I take them before the appointment I sometimes could not tell exactly where or how bad it hurts...

    Good Luck and I pray that you get alot of help from your doctor,
    Bob