I have looked at some threads that we have about going to the doctors and especially . I wonder if others have seen the difference in their own life as the battle has gone on. When I started this unexpected journey, I was looking for a cure or fix. Actually thought a visit to the doctor would be the place where pills were prescribed, procedure ordered or a plan put in place to make it all better. Someone mentioned in another thread recently that they hesitate going to the doctor as they don't want to be told there is nothing that could be done.
Isn't that a progression. We start out actually thinking the PT or the drugs would help. Then as we started going to more doctors and going through more x-rays, mris, scans etc we hope that each time they will find the problem and now it can be fixed. When that does not work we begin getting hesitant. Maybe we are are told that sugery is the possible thing that will work. We do that and then we are back at the same place. Now I know that some people find answers all the way through these processes and actually get the relief they need and wanted as I luckly did.
A change starts to take place and now we go to the doctor with the hope that a new script will be given that will not necessarily fix us or give us the cure but make life livable. Somehow nolonger seeking a cure but rather a means to survival. "There is nothing more we can do for you." "We really don't know where to go from here." Then comes the direction of the pain management specialist. You know they are not called the pain disppearance specialist. After awhile, we are more excited about going to the doctor not to get healed or fixed but the script hoping it will help us learn to live with the pain. There is still hope but even I question what that hope is at times. It is not that we are addicts but our whole focus seems to have changed. I know that this picture does not fit all but I know several of us find ourselves here. When and how that change takes place is dependent on many factors but we do end up moving from pain cures to pain management and for some. even possible another step.