Sick and tired of pain and DOCTORS

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by texangal81, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. texangal81

    texangal81 New Member

    I have been trying to get into a second pain mgmt specialist but my PCP has taken a WEEK to get my records over there and they still aren't there. He will give me Vicodin, but he only gives me 20 pills for a month. That carries me a week and he won't refill. I called my Rheumatologist who said I have to come in and see her - next week! I asked for an earlier appointment and the receptionist said "we are booked". I said "so I'm just supposed to suffer this week and she said "yes ma'am". So I told her "I'll have to find another doctor if she isn't interested in taking care of her patients on a timely basis".

    The first pain med doctor only gave me Neurotin which spaced me out and put 5 lbs on in 6 days. It went down the toilet. He also told me to "avoid all narcotics and pain injections, including Ultram and keep an upbeat attitude and don't let it get you down". Gee, thanks!

    Now I'm feeling pain in my sternum and I'm not sure if it is a new fibro symptom or from the lap band surgery. But it doesn't seem to matter which doctor I call, they are all pushing me off on someone else. Maybe I'll just go to the ER and say screw it except I don't want to wait for hours, especially with a tropical storm on the way.

    I'm going to start searching for a pill mill. I am SO damn sick of this.

    thanks for letting me vent.

  2. wildflowers2

    wildflowers2 New Member

    DO yourself a favor and get copies of ALL your records. Than way you can hand carry them to a new doctor!

    ANd in the event you need to file ssdi down the road you have all your records now.

    I get all my records sent to me after each doctors visit.

  3. texasrose204

    texasrose204 New Member

    I am sorry that you are having this issue with meds. My rhuem. is very with not wanting me to have pain. Has me on ultram er which is once a day pill. more expensive than regular but i have alot of break through pain and this seems to help with that. I also take skelaxin muscle rel. and vicodin. He will increase or change with a phone call that i having problems.

    He gives me 120 pills a mth. increased that mths ago i have some left over i take only what i need. some days it just takes the edge off and hurt badly all day. other days i can do without not very many of those but i really hate taking more pills.

    i didn't know where you live? this rhuem is in longview. i have been going to him over a year. The last dr wouldn't give a pain meds. i was miserable! i feel for you, this is hard enough to deal with let alone being in constant pain!sorry you are hurting!
  4. lynn3811

    lynn3811 New Member

    I have VA which in my opinion is sometimes like not having a doctor at all! I waited a year to get approved for Lyrica, and it says on the bottle take two (75mgs) if tolerated. But there is not enough for 60 days. I tried to tell the doc this, but nothing gets done about it, Same thing with the vicodine he FINIALLY prescribed. I had been asking for pain relief for a year, and on lastvisit I asked again, and he looked so shocked that no one had given me a script for any. He was the one I had been begging to (practially on my knees).
  5. texangal81

    texangal81 New Member

    So my family doc FINALLY faxed my medical records and the doc's office said "we need your MRI". And I said "I can send it, but I'm coming in for FM pain so the MRI isn't going to show anything". You know what she said???? "We don't treat fibromyalgia". Can you believe it?????? For the second time in two days I was just basically dismissed.

    Out of desperation I called my family doc (who sent me to the first worthless pain mgmt place) and I'm going to talk to him today. But I don't know why I'm wasting the money. He is the one who gave me the 20 vicodin to last for a month. I'm sure he'll try to ply me with anti-depressants, etc. I still don't understandy WHY they want me on 5-6 different pills that have all sorts of awful side effects when a simply Vicodin takes care of my pain and perks me up enough to work. Someone said it and I agree. Every doctor out there should spend a week on our shoes.
  6. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    Tell the pain mgmt that you are willing to work on it but it will take more than 20 pills a month - figure how many you will need and ask for it (then figure a compromise). Or maybe another med not as strong as Percocet to go along with it. You need some relief but sounds like they are the ones who control the pain meds.
  7. texangal81

    texangal81 New Member

    My family doctor turned out to be a man of great compassion. I told him my pain doc horror stories and how I can't get into the rheumatologist for a week and she won't prescribe anything until I see her. He asked how often I need both the Vicodin and the Darvocet and I described a typical 'bad' day (which is what I've been having since the surgery) as well as a 'good' day and that I only needed the stronger stuff when I was having a flare.

    He prescribed 60 Vicodin and 60 Darvocet and told me to continue to work with the rheumatologist as well. I have to admit I was speechless. I have read here on the boards how people have been honest with their doctors about what they need, but wow, I never thought it would work for me!

    When I go to the rheumy on Monday, I am going to tell her I didn't appreciate the lack of compassion from her receptionist who merely replied "yes ma'am" when I asked "so I'm going to have to suffer for a week"!!!! she could have at least said "I'm so sorry, I'll call you right away if we have an earlier opening". I do know this rheumy is opposed to pain meds for FM, so we'll see if I decide to continue going to her or find someone else who is willing to acknowledge and manage my pain.
  8. Janalynn

    Janalynn New Member

    Gosh I feel so lucky, my doctor writes me refills every single month with no questions.
    I too am wondering why you're going to this rheumatologist?

    One thing I have done, I have seen a couple of doctors and told them (truthfully) that I am on pain medication. Although they may not 'believe in pain meds' or FM, they are willing to continue to prescribe because I came to them on them. Don't know if that will help anyone at all. They are more reluctant to take you off of them.

    Thank goodness your doctor helped you out. I'd fight tooth and nail to get some relief.
  9. bre_ann

    bre_ann New Member

    I got a GOOD impression my rheumy won't rx pain meds either when he had a fit my g.p. rx'd ZANAX! Oh my gosh!! Zanax! There is no way in heck I'm even remotely "addicted" to that. Then, once I told him I had taken a pain pill that my dr. had rx'd for a foot surgery and I thought it really helped me feel better the following day. NOPE. That's addictive. So...loser dr. won't rx ANYTHING for my pain. It makes me sooo angry. I don't even get the benefit of TRYING a small rx! it's just NO from the get go. Now, I'm having so much foot pain that I'm seeing the foot dr. and he can't find anything wrong so it must be the fibro but I'm going to ask HIM to give me something for the pain and see what his reaction will be. Probably another NO. I haven't had a good experience with ONE single dr. No wonder I have a PHOBIA with them.