PLEASE HELP......WHAT DOES A PAIN SPECIALIST DO--???

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by catgal, Dec 11, 2002.

  1. catgal

    catgal New Member

    After being on narcotic pain management for 17 months for degenerative disc disease (I also have FM/CFS, IBS, osteo & rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma/allergies) my physician is referring me to a pain specialist, and I don't understand why.

    The way he presented this "referral" to me this week at my monthly med refill appointment was more of a "demand" than a referral. It made me feel as though he was questioning whether or not to continue my pain medication. And, he is setting up the appointment with the Pain Specialist prior to my next med refill in January. I have the feeling that my continued narcotic pain management is going to be determined by whatever the Pain Specialist says.

    So, what does a Pain Specialist do? What kind of questions do they ask you? And besides being honest, how should I best approach this appointment? What is best to say--what is best NOT to say. PLEASE HELP ME, as I believe that my present pain management hangs in the balance of whatever this Pain Specialist tells my physician.

    I would appreciate any help, suggestions, or the benefit of your experiences with a Pain Specialist. Thanks for your time and help. Carol....
  2. catgal

    catgal New Member

    After being on narcotic pain management for 17 months for degenerative disc disease (I also have FM/CFS, IBS, osteo & rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma/allergies) my physician is referring me to a pain specialist, and I don't understand why.

    The way he presented this "referral" to me this week at my monthly med refill appointment was more of a "demand" than a referral. It made me feel as though he was questioning whether or not to continue my pain medication. And, he is setting up the appointment with the Pain Specialist prior to my next med refill in January. I have the feeling that my continued narcotic pain management is going to be determined by whatever the Pain Specialist says.

    So, what does a Pain Specialist do? What kind of questions do they ask you? And besides being honest, how should I best approach this appointment? What is best to say--what is best NOT to say. PLEASE HELP ME, as I believe that my present pain management hangs in the balance of whatever this Pain Specialist tells my physician.

    I would appreciate any help, suggestions, or the benefit of your experiences with a Pain Specialist. Thanks for your time and help. Carol....
  3. BonBons

    BonBons New Member

    My neuro wanted me to see one, too, mostly for nerve blocks in my neck and spine, which have worked for me in the past. However, I called a new guy in town who works in a team fashion with a therapist. I like that. I'll be seeing him Saturday. I still have to beg for narcotics and my new doc took me off everything, which scares me no end. I'll try and remember to let you know how it went. BonBon
  4. kalynn1

    kalynn1 New Member

    I see a pain specialist and I've never had a better doctor. I used to see a regular doctor which didn't help me so much. Then I switched to a pain specialist. He has helped me quite a bit! And he's not afraid to prescribe pain medication. He takes me seriously. He did a bunch of blood work and found out other things wrong with my health that the other doc should be put to shame for not finding. My pain specialist is somewhat conservative about anything that's addictive on a regular basis. Won't give me Ambien all the time, but gives me other things he thinks are not addictive that work for me most of the time. And he still gives me things that can be addictive to use for the times nothing else works (like Ambien and Actiq). He just monitors it so it doesn't get out of control (so far it hasn't and I hope it never does.) I wouldn't trade him for any other doctor right now. I hope you're experience is as good as mine was. All doctor's are different though, pain specialist or not. Good Luck!
  5. epicurean

    epicurean New Member

    I have been going to a pain managment spec. since April.He has made a tremendous difference in how I feel.I have FM,MPS,and costochronditis.He has me on vicoprofen,zanaflex,celebrex amoung others,pluss giving me ides how to otherwise deal with pain.The first visit I had lasted two hours long!!There was nothing he din't ask,or cover.
    Hope you have as much luck as I did.Don't go in feeling like you are being punished by seeing him-could be the best Dr. for you-Who knows-it was for me!!
  6. seaview

    seaview New Member

    ias lised under "help I need a hug writton on the 11th.The specialist I had to see does not believe in the use of narcotic meds. To me ,this is crazy....then what are paain meds for ? It was an awful experience. I suggest you write down all your symptoms,what meds and how much you have ever used,be prepared to be drilled and not validated,what you espext from him,and if you can bring someone with you. Call the office and ask if he uses narcotics. I personallly believe that there is a time that they need to be used and if you end up with a doc like I had you will be very upset. His recommendation to me was to go to an inpatient clinic(at least 5 hours away) that does psych testing and then teaches you how to cope with the pain. Well, if you are like me you alreaady have been coping with the pain and want something that with give you a break from the having to cope. Frankly, mine believed that it stems from mental issues and not physical. Another uneducated doc. His visit only left me in a flare. So, do your questions about what this doctor believes(his nurses will tell you trust me)and then come ready and prepared. If he turns out to be a good one then wonderful for you but if he is anything like the j*rk I saw then blow him off as I was told by many here to do that day when I was so upset. Keep us posted to how you are ok? Blessings to you.....Kathleen