Pain Management Doc Anyone See Them for FM?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Kimba4318, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    I am going to a Pain Management specialist today for the chronic pain and burning in my body. Has anyone else seen a Pain Management Doc for FM? I also have herniated disks... was just wondering what your experience was. I am sort of afraid he won't help me either, but giving it a shot......
  2. barbarak

    barbarak New Member

    I was sent to pain management last week. I had 2 herniated disks and recieved a cortizone shot to the spine area. I forgot what it was like not to be in excruciating pain. It's great. I will have to go back every 3 months but it's worth it.
  3. bigmh

    bigmh New Member

    Hi Kimba...My GP referred me to a pain doctor because he no longer prescribes narcotics. I see the pain doctor every month or two, depending on what she prescribes. I am on methadone for pain and also am trying Celebrex.

    Seeing her has been a good thing as she focuses on the pain and how to control it. I hope that you have a good experience, too.

    Blessings, Ann
  4. gidgetsmom

    gidgetsmom New Member

    I've been going to pain management since October 2005. They were extremely thorough. I've never filled out such a history!! The nurse and the doctor both went over it with me, made notes along the way, and proceeded with a physical exam. They recommended cervical facet joint nerve blocks and trigger point injections.

    Had to make another appointment for those (have to have a driver with you). They gave me Lortab and flexeril to take in the meantime. The injections didn't help, so they put me on a 3 month schedule of the lortab, flexeril, and amitriptyline. Recommended gentle stretches and counseling because of the stress that comes with the FM!!

    They were very efficient and sincerely cared about my pain. It is a very rounded program that combines the skills of nurses, doctors, psychologists, and physiotherapy. I would definitely give it a try!!!
  5. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    Thaks for your reply everyone.... I had to wait in his office for 2 hours as he had an emergency and all I kept thinking is that I would not be helped after all of this. He was very nice and caring and prescribed a strong pain med to help me "live" again and did an injection in my lower back. The injection has not worked too much yet, maybe it will let up a little later.

    With the medication, I do feel like I am alive again - already. No, It does not take it all away, nore does it stop these awful spasms, but I will take this any day over how I was feeling. I am surprised that he could help, I was ready to give up.

    Just wanted to give you the update. It is a start.
    Hugs :) Kim
  6. ThinkPostive

    ThinkPostive New Member

    I am thrilled that they were able to help you. I have an appointment with a Pain Management Doc on June 22nd and I like you are Or were worried about if they would help or not!

    Keep up the good work and don't forget about pacing your new self!

    Keep your chin up,
    Cheri
  7. msmac

    msmac New Member

    since last october. This one is very into nerve injuries, and found after MRIs that I have degenerations in spine, lower and neck, and a herniated disc probably from a fracture a few years back. I also am getting some scoliosis, probably from fracture.

    In any case, his injections, starting for the sacroiliac pain which was the worst, helped and no more pain. The last times I had injections there they lasted about 5 years.

    The cervical epidurals were the most "painful" to have, but not bad, and the headache and neck pain relief is finally kicking in after 2 injections.

    I still take Lyrica and one vicodin if I need it, and if I get spasms in muscles I have Soma to take.

    Pain centers are the best. For whatever, where ever your pain is. Mine did procedures right in his office where nothing but a little lidocaine was needed for anesthesia. I was unsure about this, but believe me they know where body parts are and will target what needs to be anesthetized. GOOD Luck to all!
  8. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    He diagnosed me. I get epidurals which give me a little relief in my back and neck for a while. Believe me, relief for even a day is a Godsend. He also is trying to help me sleep. We've been going through the meds for a long time now.