My Very Positive Pain Clinic Experience

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by abcanada, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    I'm completely depleted after the last 2 days. Was at family doc appointment was 1 1/2 hours, then Pain Clinic next morning which turned out to be a 2 1/2 hour consultation with Doctors. I was initially referred to migraine program, but they were very interested in ALL my issues which was a relief. I saw a female Neurologist & anestesiologist who was training to work in Pain Clinic. They took all of my problems very seriously and will be sending me to a Gastro doc too. They assuered me they were going to exhaust all other options before giving me a FM diagnosis. I let them know how concerned I was that something was being missed and that I'd be diagnosed with FM without ruling out everything else. They said I definately had a sensory disorder, and noticed I had a mild case of Scholiosis. I'd never been told that before! I feel a sense of hope, and that thier team is willing to help me any way they can. Scarey thoughh they gave me 6 appointments in Jan to see all specialists at the clinic. It's in the downtown core of the city I live in, so difficult to get to. I was very apprehensive after reading some posts about the others experiences with Pain Clinics. I hope everyone can find such a resource. Hope all is well, Laura
  2. paulmack

    paulmack New Member

    Hi Laura,really glad to hear that the Pain Clinic docs are taking you seriously & listening to you.
    As soon as I mention any of my problems to my doctor he barely listens to what I say,& rarely notes any of my symptoms.I'm sure he thinks it's in my head.
    Good luck with all the appointments in Jan,you'll cope with them,just think,they make come up with something that really helps your symptoms,
    Best Wishes,Paul.
  3. pumpkinpatch

    pumpkinpatch New Member

    I'm happy they are taking your case seriously and ruling everything out. I didn't know there was a pain clinic in this city. Good for you ab, you deserve some answers.

    Cindy
  4. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    I forgot to add that I take alot of Percocet. I was very open & honest about how much I was taking & that I didn't want to be doing that forever! They thought it would be best for me to take straight oxycodone, but want to have one person writing my prescriptions. Also they said a longer acting one would be best. They also did an addiction evaluation, and said I didn't fit into that catagory. They were great about recognizing a dependancy, without labeling it an addiction. It was also stated that someone in severe pain is alot less likely to become addicted.

    REDWILLOW- Thanks for asking, the sleep is going good!
  5. pumpkinpatch

    pumpkinpatch New Member

    By the way I think we are in the same city. I'm in the N.W. Just moved to Sherwood in the N.W.

  6. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    Are you in Calgary? I'm not very familiar with that area, we're way down south. Are you new to Calgary? Laura
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  7. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    I also wanted to mention that this clinic took FM very seriously, and they let me know it was an ignorance on the part of the medical community, as they still had alot to learn about FM. My sister and mom work in an ER and they both say the docs in thier dept do not take it seriously?!?! What have your experiences been? Laura Thanks for the great thoughts.
  8. pumpkinpatch

    pumpkinpatch New Member

    I've been on this city for 2 years, moved from Ont. Yes I'm in the N.W. off Shaganappi. Do you know that area? I don't have a regular doctor. Just the clinic. Last week I finally had a physical including blood work. I went to a rheumatologist Dr. Faelman, she said get good deep sleep. I'm really impressed with this pain clinic you went to. Did it take you long to get in?

    I can't imagine how you cope with a young family. I find it hard with mine. Today I had to have my 15 yr. old son at school for 7:30 a.m. He's in a hockey program through school.

    Cindy
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  9. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    Sorry it took me a bit, I typed this then it deleted! There can be a long wait depending on your level of pain, and what the referring doctor has to say about your situation. It was certainly worth it though. They send you a book to fill out, questionnaire. If you're in pain, I would highly recommmend it, as they were very supportive, much more than any other doc I've delt with. There it is ALL about YOU! Once they see you they set you up with varoius specialists within thier facility, and in my case are referring me to a Gastro doc. They told me family docs are not given virtually any training in drugs/pain management. My fam doc was very honest in that way. Too bad they all weren't! Anyway I'm feeling alot better about my 'Unknown Situation'. It's downtown in the old Holy Cross Hospital. If you have any more questions, just ask. I wish you luck, Laura
    PS You sure have a beautiful family!!!!!
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  10. pumpkinpatch

    pumpkinpatch New Member

    Thanks for the info. Downtown Holy Cross. This is such a busy time of year for me. Going to Market Mall buying gifts is an experience and the traffic is crazy.

    Your children are adorable. Love when they are dressed up posed. Thanks for the complement. I'm outnumbered in this family (males)!!

    Cindy
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  11. Lynna62

    Lynna62 New Member

    Glad you found a good pain clinic. Sure wish the one here was good.

    Your kids are absolutely GORGEOUS! They could be models. Are they twins? I can imagine how tough it must be with 4 little ones. But they sure looks sweet.

    Lynna
  12. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    All my kids look alike, but not twins. Racheal is 7 & Steven is 5. Logan & Charlie, not in picture are 3 & 1 1/2.. Yup busy house!!! Thanks, Laura
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