My first trip to Pain Clinic....

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by 30feeling80, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. 30feeling80

    30feeling80 New Member

    I am excited, nervous....My first apt. with a pain doctor is tomorrow at noon. I am in a terrible flare-up and NOTHING my doc is giving me seems to help; Lyrica, vicoprofen, vicoden, fentanyl patch, Tylenol 4, Ultracet; absolutely nothing. Sure hope they can help me as my pain is at a constant 8 (on a scale of 1-10). (Disability judge told me 9 is childbirth, 10 is being burned.)

    Please say a prayer for me and/or wish me luck.

    Darlene
  2. borntired

    borntired New Member

    You'll get through this.

    God Bless.

    Bornitred
  3. borntired

    borntired New Member

    You'll get through this.

    God Bless.

    Bornitred
  4. borntired

    borntired New Member

    You'll get through this.

    God Bless.

    Bornitred
  5. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    My first pain doctor experience will be Monday and I have very little pain today...Gee wanna swap (LOL) kidding -good luck.

    Love Anne Cromwell
  6. kriskwon

    kriskwon New Member

    Prayers for both of you!!!!!!!!
  7. 30feeling80

    30feeling80 New Member

    He spent a good 15-20 minutes with me telling me the theories on fibromyalgia. Never examined me, nor did he ask me how much pain I was in. At the end of his lecture, he offered me a tens unit but told me I was not a likely candidate since my pain is not in one place long enough to benefit.

    That's it..."I'm sorry, but there's no real treatment or cure for Fibro." and he walked out.

    He certainly didn't have a problem billing my ins. co. nor did he have a problem taking my $15 co-pay.

    Frustrated, saddened, still in pain...
    Darlene
  8. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    Darlene, I'm so sorry - what a terrible thing. No treatment for fibro, okay fine, but how about a treatment for pain. Pain is pain for mercy's sake. What a major disappointment. Don't give up, there's bound to be a good doctor who will treat your pain out there somewhere. God bless, Anne Theresa
  9. Cinlou

    Cinlou New Member

    I am so sorry that the Pain Doctor just blew you off....how disapointing....he is a Pain Doctor for goodness sakes. What point of pain does he not understand?

    I have been very fortunate with my Pain Management doctor.....
    Could you possibly have other problems that could be cause of some of the pain...? Spine, joints, degeneration? I know with degenerative disc disease my fibro is 10 times worse...myofascial pain...ouch!

    Go to another PM doc...my pain doctor told me just last week that every pain specialist is different...in what they perfer to do...meds, procedures etc...
    Go to an Anestheiologist that specialises in Pain Management. These guys are pretty good...after all they are the ones that knock you out for surgery...

    Hang in there...get another doc...if you possibly can...
    ((((hugs)))
    Cindy
  10. 30feeling80

    30feeling80 New Member

    I self medicated by smoking herbal remedies....you get the picture. Narcotics my primary prescribed just weren't touching the pain.

    Then I saw my psychiatrist for a regular check up. (every 3 months for bipolar disorder). I told him about the pain doc. "Why didn't you call me?!" Well, the last person you think to call when you are in physical pain is your shrink, especially when a PM specialist (who IS an anesthesiologist, by the way) can't even help.

    Here's my shrink's theory:

    Narcotics are great for localized pain...Have a surgery, vicodin helps a great deal. But it won't touch fibro pain. At first he told me there's really nothing wrong with my muscles...I ALMOST HIT HIM!

    Then he said, he thinks Fibro is a delicate balance of hormones, chemicals, etc. Every fibro case is different, but he thinks mine is related to the chemical imbalance I already have in my brain.

    My brain THINKS there's something terrible going on with my muscles. Cymbalta is his cure. Cymbalta is an anti-depressant that works on pain receptors. It will actually tell my brain there's no problem, cut the signals.

    I've only taken it twice so far. Oh my god, the nausea is unbelievable for about three hours. But I've got to say, today is day three, I feel a tremendous amount of relief. Pain is not gone. I don't think it ever will go away permanently. But I've got the whole day ahead of me and think I will make something of it.

    Thanks everyone for your concern, hugs, prayers and advice. Good to know we're all in this together.

    Darlene
  11. musikmaker

    musikmaker New Member

    My Doc put me on Cymbalta also. It has helped my pain very much. Stick with it as the side affects to your stomach get better.
  12. Zzzsharn

    Zzzsharn New Member

    I'm with you.. I get the most relief by self medicating natures way.

    My pain specialist did the same thing.. spent an hour with me, explaining "his" theory- Tens Unit, Water Therapy, muscle relaxers, no pain killers-- WHAT? He said "they don't work for fibro pain"- And you know thissss how?

    Drs. suck sometimes.

    I'd like to wear sign that says "Drug Seeker" I just don't care anymore what these doctors "think" they know. My pain is MY pain and it is real.

    Don't stop til you find someone that will help you.

    Sharon
  13. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    I just posted on another site re pain.

    I had my first visit with a pain doc on Friday and he was so lovely.

    If you check my posts on this visit read what he said to me. It may be of some help. Pity you don't live here as this man is a doll, now why isn't yours-he is meant to be a pain doc for goodness sakes.

    Love Anne Cromwell
  14. Aberlaine

    Aberlaine Member

    My pain specialist is a local anesthesiologist who has a pain management specialty on the side. He took x-rays and told me I had degenerative disk disease. We didn't even talk about fibromyalgia, which was good because I was there to deal with my pain.

    Ultimately, I was put on 50 mg. diclofenac, 60 mg. Cymbalta and 75 mg. Ultracet. I take the diclofenac and Cymbalta in the morning with breakfast and the Ultracet before bed. Between the three, my pain is kept at about 4. I can always take more of the pain meds if I need to.

    I hope you find a doctor who will LISTEN to you, not the other way around.

    Now if only someone will help me get some sleep!

    Nancy[This Message was Edited on 07/12/2006]