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First time with pain management tomorrow

I have my first appointment with pain management tomorrow, not getting my hopes up, but happy it's finally here. My PT said she thinks he's great, that he doesn't like to prescribe opiates often (which is fine with me, I would love to be pain free without them) and most of her patients really like him, the ones that don't are the ones looking for opiates....lol. Is there anything I should do to prepare? Any questions I should be asking?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    I assume you have had your appointment. How did it go? Did he establish any action plan? Many pain management doctors like to use Spinal Injections as a course of action to address problems.

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • jennafjjennaf Posts: 42
    edited 03/07/2013 - 1:38 PM
    The appointment went ok, but I'm getting different answers from different Dr's and it just makes me want to stop seeing all of them and give up. The pain Dr thinks it's muscular and not spine related (though the pain from the herniation and me guarding my right side so much caused the muscle issues), referred me for ASTYM therapy and possibly acupuncture and switched my ibuprofen to meloxicam. Told me if the meloxicam doesn't work to switch back to the ibuprofen. Will see him again in 2 months. PT also told me today that 1. she still has no idea what's wrong with me and 2. I could be seeing her for at least the next 6 months. Something's gotta give! I sure hope the meloxicam works so I can at least be pain free for a bit. Thank you for asking!

    ETA: I forgot, pain Dr also told me today (after looking at the mri and xrays) that I had arthritis is my neck....I had no idea! Just confuses me even more!
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