My first visit to the Pain Clinic

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by meowee, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. meowee

    meowee New Member

    Hi all,
    I had my first appointment today after a 3 month wait to get in. I was skeptical but I am so glad I went. The doctor I saw was so understanding and knowledgeable about FM. He prescribed Loricet 10mg 4 times a day if needed, Ultram for break thru pain, and Restoril 30mg for sleep. I take that every other nite.

    I finally feel positive that things may be turning around a bit for the better.

    It was just nice to have a Dr. and nurse who seemed sympathetic and understanding to this weird disease.

    Best wishes all.
  2. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    I'm happy for you to have found a great Dr. and nurse both sympathetic and understanding. From reading the board, it seems they are becoming obsolete.

    My only advice would be to "hang on" to them.

    BlueSky555
  3. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    Meowee:

    Congratulations! It is nice to know when people find people who are educated and who can help.

    nyrofan
  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Where is the clinic?
  5. meowee

    meowee New Member

    It is in Ohio.
  6. butterfly83

    butterfly83 New Member

    I'm glad your first visit to a pain clinic went well! I recently switched from a rheumatologist to a pain management doctor, and i've been very happy with the change. He's been very helpful in working with medications, and allowing me find something that is actually helpful. With the other doctors i've seen, it was like if one or two meds they had didn't work they would just throw up their hands and forget it.
  7. tandy

    tandy New Member

    Is the pain clinic just treating you for Fibro?? or do you have other conditions along with FM?

    I ask because I went thru the 3 month wait too to get into a pain dr. and all I got was ultrams.
    After trying them for awhile I told the pain dr. that they did'nt help much at all,..and he was'nt willing to try opiates or anything strong for FM.
    He said that "generally all his FM patients respond well to ultram and that generally Fibro does'nt require opiates"
    (because generally Fibro isnt that painful) yes,..he said that!!!
    That was my last visit there.
    I basically told him to go to hell.
    :) ooops.
    I'm so glad your being helped
    Tandy
  8. rosemarie

    rosemarie Member

    IN my Pain Doctors contract I had to sign that I would see him "ONCE" evert 28-30 days NO more no less. I will be gieven enough of my pain meds to last for the time allowed. I will see him and only him for all my pain needs. I will not ask for more scripts of narciic pain meds , I will not ask for my meds early for any reason unless I can prove that I will be out of town on the day of my appointment. . I am allowed to have my vists every 28 days so that I will not run out of my meds.

    IF I am taking any thing else that his narcoctic I will let him prescribe it to me . AS he would like to be in control of all the narcoitics I am takeing.

    IF for any reason I break this contract suc h as asking more than once for my meds early, or asking for more each visit {IN LARGE Amounts} if I try to get another doctor go give me pain meds. But there is a out clause for that one , Being that you are hospitalized , or ER for an accident it is ok you just need to tell him about it. AS soon as you can.

    I don't remember all therules but I dod know that if you mess up and do it often you will recieve a letter that will tell you that you have 30 days to find a new doctor and that he will refill all of yourmeds for one month and after that NO MORE. And he will not see you again.

    I watch my P's andQ's and do as I am told and don't do the things that are not right. I am doing well with my doctor and I Like him as he has helped me so so much and I am gratefull for him as he is a good guy,
    Rosemarie
  9. meowee

    meowee New Member

    I have FM/CFS which is the worst of my problems. I have some nerve damage and osteoarthritis, also. My rheumatologist prescribed Ultram for me and said, you have to live with it. I said, well that is easy for YOU to say. I was so frustrated because it didn't really help with my pain. I have been going for a few years to my rheumy, Neuro, orthopedist, and have tried many things. About 4 months ago, my family dr. who is great, said I am gonna start you on vicodin but I am sending you to a pain clinic to have them manage your narcotics.

    I read Rosemarie's post and all the rules, and that is very close to how this clinic is. You have to let them count your pills if they want, let them test urine or blood at anytime, etc. They are very strict, but have to be in this day and age.

    Good luck to you, Tandy. Don't give up, you will find a dr. who will work with you. Took me four years.
  10. tandy

    tandy New Member



    I have no problem following rules.
    They take blood or whatever they need,whenever they need.
    I just want a piece of me back~ I just wanna feel like its worth waking up each day. and feel well enough to throw a load of wash in the machine,..or go to the grocery store!! all the normal boring stuff we hafta do but I put off because I just have'nt the strength or boost to do it anymore.
    I bought paint for my kitchen 8 months ago and still have'nt found a day where I felt I could get it started.
    :(
    My Mom says "pretty soon that paint might not even be good anymore"
    what a waste~
    I'll keep looking for help.
    I am happy that you've found yours.
    I hope I can post something simular to you one day~ I've been looking for help in the pain control dept. for over 6 yrs. I think my state of NY is one of the worst as far as pain control.

    Wishing you all the best and more :)
    Hugs
    Tandy
  11. lighthouselady

    lighthouselady New Member

    Hi Meowee, just wondered if the Pain Clinic you are going to is in Northeast Ohio. I'm looking for a new doctor or someone since my rheumy became ill and had to give up her practice. I see a physiatrist at the Cleveland Clinic next Thursday, I understand he is a pain specialist too. I hope he's as good as your new doctor.

    Judy
  12. tandy

    tandy New Member

    up top,... for Judy~

  13. meowee

    meowee New Member

    It is approximately 2 hours east of Columbus, Ohio, 45 minutes from Pittsburgh. My doctor had to recommend me to the clinic and I waited 3 months to get in.


    It is an average sized hospital but wonderful clinic. It's odd, I had to go the the ER room there 2 weeks ago when I had a bad reaction to Lyrica. That ER doctor was so horrible I was thoroughly disgusted. I even called and complained about him.

    So, I almost cancelled my clinic appointment out of anger. I am so glad I didn't let that ER dr. influence me.

    Here is their web site.
    http://www.trinityhealth.com/

    Good health and best wishes to you.

  14. lilaclover30

    lilaclover30 New Member

    Mine right now is treating me for spinal stenosis. Now great rewards as yet but trying.

    He and his nurse and the kindest and nicest I have ever had contact with.

    Good luck

    I'm in Indiana

    Gentle Hugs

    Joan
  15. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    I am waiting for my first appt. Hope I do as well. Love Anne C
  16. Jordane

    Jordane New Member

    Meowee,
    It is wonderfull that you are finally getting help with the pain.Fighting the pain takes a LOT out of a person.

    And you dont need that with all the other ailments from these DD!!!!

    Take Care hun!!!
    Jordane
  17. lorraine50

    lorraine50 New Member

    what is ultram? I'm canadian so we would probably use some other name...please help...
  18. razorqueen

    razorqueen Member

    I think another name is Tramadol or something like that. I am Canadian too :)

    Raz
  19. meowee

    meowee New Member

    Yes, Ultram is also Tramadol. It is a centrally acting synthetic opioid analgesic.