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My first visit with a Pain Management Clinic

Bud420BBud420 Posts: 1
edited 07/23/2015 - 9:36 PM in Pain Medications
My name is Bud, (nickname).. On the 13th of last month I had about 7 hardcore seizures in a row, while laying in bed, thank god that my wife was there, otherwise I'd have probably died. Before that, I thought I was a normal completely healthy 32 yr old man. Anyways, I was rushed to the ER, thank my wife again because I was out of it and could not have called 911 myself. They did MRI and CT scan and found a 4 1/2 cm menengioma on my left frontal lobe. 2 days later 6/15/15, I was undergoing emergency surgery to remove it. Which was succesful thank god, and non cancerous, thank god.. Did I mention I'm poor and have no insurance at all, I've applied for govt assistance but cannot get help. I just went to my second follow up with my neurosurgeon yesterday. In which he refused to prescribe any pain meds to me even though I am in complete and utter misery right now as we speak. My life has been hell since the surgery, 4 days out, my right arm shut down lost all strength, it came back a few days later. A week and half out of surgery is when my face started randomly swelling, I went to ER, they say its normal reaction to a major surgery.. It swole again yesterday before my Dr visit.. My surgeon did prescribe Norco 10 mg 60 of them upon release from surgery, then 2 weeks out of surgery, another 50.. Of which I am out of now, Even when I had them it felt like they werent really strong enough, because sometimes I'd have to take 2 instead of the suggested 1 to feel any relief whatsoever. Yesterday during my follow up he refused to prescribe anything else for pain. He suggested I find a PCP and have him address my pain and daily panic attacks.. And sent me home with my head swole up like a pumpkin and feeling like I've been shot in the head with a shotgun.. So this morning I managed to get my surgeon to send a referal to a pain clinic I researched and found.. I'm sooo nervous that I will again be dismissed as a "drug seeker" or whatever.. Which I assure everyone I'm not.. I just NEED HELP, I can't sleep longer than 2 hrs EVER.. I am in constant pain, and I feel like during my seizures I've fractured a few ribs because they constantly kill me.. So my constant pain which is sometimes only like a 4 out of 10, then sometimes is a 10 which will almost make me want to cry, between that and my daily panic attacks which sometimes I have because I'm scared of getting one so I have one being scared I'll get one.. Crazy man, all I can say is that if you'd have asked me in the begining of june if I thought Id be here id have called you crazy.. Anyways, any suggestions for me for tomorrow, so as NOT to come off as a drug seeker and just someone who genuinely needs relief.. Thats all I want is relief.. God I hope I don't get dismissed as a drug seeker.. I only worry cuz I'm covered in tattoos and can see how someone would look at me and think that..


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  • Is to only take them EXACTLY as prescribed. It is NEVER okay to take more than prescribed, no matter what your reasons are, without getting permission from your prescribing doctor BEFORE taking more.
    Use ice to reduce swelling, and ease pain first.
    Anxiety is not helped by taking pain medications and is not a justifiable reason to take opiates.
    There are many ways to manage anxiety, deep breathing, distraction, relaxation etc.
    The rib pain brought on by the seizure activity is likely muscular in nature and should improve over time.
    Perhaps some muscle creams and pain relieving ointments available over the counter and some motrin might help to ease the pain.
    Most pm doctors do not prescribe on the first visit so be prepared and be willing to try suggested treatment options.
    Make sure you bring the operative reports, progress notes from the surgeon and any test results or have your surgeon fax them to the pm doctor so he can review your records and discuss treatment options. Since you are recovering from surgery, hopefully you will continue to make steady progress in recovery and won't need ongoing treatment for long.

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