Pain doctors what do you think?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Kinsie, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. Kinsie

    Kinsie New Member

    I know this subject has been covered many times, but I can't remember what was said.

    I take Arthrotec, and that's all for FM. It helps some, but not enough. I used to take Vioxx ( it was pretty good).

    I don't have any acutal pain medication that I can take just when I really need it. I take Arthrotec everyday. It's an arthritis medication.

    I saw a pain doctor advertised in the local paper the other day. What do you think? Do they do a whole lot of tests? All I want is something to take when the pain gets out of control.

    My family doctor will not prescribe anything very strong.

    I have been considering retiring from work, but I really want to hang in here a while longer. It's getting harder and harder when the pain intensifies every afternoon.

    I need your advice.

    Thanks, Kinsie


    [This Message was Edited on 09/06/2006]
  2. leubie

    leubie New Member

    Kinsie, Hey my name is Laura--------I started going to a Neuro/pain doctor about 2 years ago-------I feel that was the best thing that I could have done. They have been very helpful and I am able to continue working 40 hours a week!!!!!!! I would not be able to w/o my meds.--------I always felt bad asking my family Doctor ( or any Doctor for that matter ) for pain meds ------i felt (or they made you feel) like you were doing something wrong---------Ask around for who your friends ,doctoors, referal, etc-------which Pain Doctor they feel is best and have your doctor refer you -------and keep going until you find one that suits------YOU--------hope you have insurance--------!!!!!!!!!! ------LOVE TO ALL---------LAURA
  3. softy91

    softy91 New Member

    I am 60 and have been fighting CFS for 15 years and maybe much longer if I had had a clue as to what was really going on with my body.

    I have been under the care of a great pain Dr for many years and know from experience that I cannot function as well without pain meds as I can with. My primary care Dr and my pain clinic work together and each knows what the other is doing with me.

    By law, I see my pain dr once a month, to get pain killer prescriptions. This is a long term relationship that has been a big plus!
    Regards,

    Bill
  4. JLH

    JLH New Member

    In the part of the country where I am, a lot of drug use and "drug doctors", I would not trust a pain doctor who had to advertise in the newspaper.

    I would ask my family doc for a referral to a pain doc who he/she thought was a reputable one.

    Most docs who treat pain around here will -- before prescribing you any narcotics -- want to see test results, CT scans, MRI's, etc. If you don't have any, he/she will send you for tests. Next comes a round of physical therapy to see if that helps your pain.

    After all that, if you still have pain, you are started off on the lowest strength painkiller available. You go back each month and pills are changed according to if you were helped or not.

    While you are still working, why not ask your family doc to let you try Ultram -- it's a non-narcotic painkiller frequently prescribed for fibro. You can also take ibuprofen along with it if you need a little extra. If that doesn't work, then try the pain doctor.

    Hugs,
    Janet
  5. snooker11

    snooker11 New Member

    Good pain doctors will recognize and treat chronic pain. But yes, have all your tests in order and be sure to tell them all the things you've tried. Perscribing narcotics are kind of the last resort, so be sure you've mentioned and tried everything else before they'll consider giving you narcotics.
  6. homesheba

    homesheba New Member

    nevre yet had a decent pain dr.
    i even have had one say to me that he wouldnt want me.. blah blah blah..
    . maybe its cause i have other stuff wrong?
    i dont know...
    but i am so parinoid about being dumped again...
    that had happened also!
    they get to a certain degree of pain meds and thensay ' well i cant help you any more'...
    and thats it, i am left cold turkey till i find another. right now i am having to drive a loonnnggg way to see one at a hospital
    buti dont think he has a clue what to do.
    i FINALLY got him to put me on vicodin- again..
    . he puts me on something and then!
    poof!!
    takes me offf out of the blue!!
    ultram doesnt help me, i need to go higher -
    maybe percocet-
    but he has a heart attack when i mentioned a different pain med ..
    i also get injections from him and that injectins in the spine
    where he looks at a screen to watch- epidural??
    anyway, hes alful.
    if you know of one in mississippi-
    pleeeze let me know ok?
  7. ksp56

    ksp56 Member

    I really like my pain doctor. He listens to me, and takes my opinions into consideration. His partner is wonderful too.

    I am not seeing him for fibro or cfs. It is due to severe back and neck problems. However, he does take both of those into consideration before doing anything. He DOES believe in it.

    Many are not the same. In fact, in this area I was surprised to find ANYONE with compassion! LOL! I will be seeing a known fibro specialist in Michigan. As soon as they come up with something for my back and neck! LOL

    Hoping you find a compassionate doctor...

    Kim
  8. msurina1

    msurina1 New Member

    DON'T FOOL AROUND WITH JUST ANYONES RECOMMENDATION.
    jUST CALL YOUR LOCAL ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION. ASK THEM FOR A REFERRAL FOR THE BEST PAIN MANAGER IN YOUR TOWN.

    GIVE THEM YOUR FIRST NAME, AND YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER AND ASK THE PERSON WHO WILL RETURN YOUR CALL TO CALL YOU IN THE EVENING.

    USUALLY THE ONE THAT WILL GIVE YOU A RECOMMENDATION IS ONE WHO IS A LEADER OF A SUPPORT GROUP. THEY REALLY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SHOW FAVORITES, BUT THEY KNOW OUR CONDITIONS AND WILL RECOMMEND A DR. TO YOU ANNONOMUSLY.

    THIS IS HOW I GOT MY WONDERFUL PAIN DR. REMEMBER, THOU PAIN MEDS ARE ADDICTING, WHO CARES WITH OUR DESEASE AS THERE WILL PROBABLY NO CURE DURING OUR LIFETIME.
  9. mary124

    mary124 New Member

    I have a wonderful Physician Assistant who I see in a pain management group. Wouldn't give her up at all. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be able to work full time- went to see her today, in fact and she still doesn't know how I do it. ( I don't have fibro/CFS- but I do have IC and other problems).
  10. Kinsie

    Kinsie New Member

    I really appreciate everyone's replies.

    I am kind of like one of the posters, getting a pain doctor from a newspaper ad may not be the best thing to do!

    I will contact the Arthritis Foundation, and see if I can get some information for a doctor in my area.

    Thanks again,

    Kinsie

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