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Wonderful Dr Appt!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Pain Medications
So, I saw my GP today, and I finally feel as though I am being listened to and taken seriously. :) I brought my list with me and we went over my concerns. I began to cry as I told her how I was feeling, and she stopped and gave me a hug, she was almost crying herself. It was just good to be comforted. She tells me she will back me up with whatever I decide. She then gives me a quick exam, reflexes and walking and such. My reflexes are hyper-extended, which she said many times that shows signs of muscle degeneration or nerve damage, which she said will definitely help make me a candidate for surgery,depending of course what the surgeon thinks. Going through my GP, If I get referred, I get a discount on any outside procedures because this is for low-cost or free health care clinic. So, a surgery that costs $16,000 would cost around $600-$1000. :O Im also going to see an acupuncturist(sp) sometime next week to give it a try, and she thinks I may be able to qualify for temporary disability as well so I can have help with my medical bills. She is extending my pain contract. So, Im now taking 20mg oxycodone 3x a day, 500mg Naproxen 2x a day, Zoloft 100mg 1x a day, and PT and core exercises as well as this acupuncture. Thank you all for helping me with speaking up to my Dr. It gave me tremendous courage and I am finally getting somewhere after 4 years of chronic pain!
God Bless! O:)


  • I am so glad to hear that your appointment today went well. For my first appointment with the PM, I had typed out everything that had been done and tried for my neck problems over the past 7 years. He was AMAZED and uses it as a reference when I go in for my appointments. When you become an active participant in your own healthcare, it amazing how things will change and the doctors respect you and will work with you. Good job today.
  • I am so glad that you are finally getting some help! And also glad that we were able to help you to have the courage to stand up for yourself! Sometimes when we think that we are really communicating to our docs how we feel, the message just does not get across. I am so happy for you and hope that all works out well for you! Please keep us posted.
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  • I just posted to your "pre-appt" thread asking you to let us know what happened, and now I see that you have! lol Sorry about that!

    I'm so glad that you feel like you're finally being heard. It certainly is frustrating when it feels like nobody is listening, especially when we have all the evidence to back up our claims. I hope this means you're now on the road to recovery! Good for you! =D>

    Thanks for letting us know! :)
  • Good for you hon!! =D> I'm seeing a new Primary today, I am praying it will go as well for me! I'm glad to know you are getting the help you need and deserve!
  • for you!!
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  • :) nothing could be better than to find a doctor who cares and will listen! <:P Jenny :)
  • for the wonderful replies! =D> It's amazing how just having the feeling of someone believing you and knowing that your pain is real (to Drs.) My husband noticed a complete attitude change in me yesterday. I told him it had been forever since I felt this positive about myself and my condition in who knows who long! #:S Between the support I receive here and at home from family, I couldnt ask for anything better. I told my Dr about this forum a little bit. She thought it was a wonderful idea. She said there are so many people out there suffering from back pain who are misdiagnosed or written off because many Drs are afraid of prescribing certain medications or using pain contracts. She then told me that 90% of patients at her clinic are on pain contracts. :jawdrop: Because this is a state funded clinic, she sees homeless patients as well as inmates from our local jail. She said so many come in and enter these pain contracts, complaining to be in legitimate pain, and either police or jail workers will call the clinic and ask about the meds later because they were not found on the patient, but sold to someone else! X( That makes me so angry. She agreed with me when I said that the people who are in REAL pain tend to get passed aside. Sorry for me rambling again. Just wanted to let you know there are some Drs out there that believe you, like most of you said, you just have to become your own advocate! :)
  • I am so glad you apt finally, or should I say FINALLY, went so well for you! I had an L5-S1 fusion 4 yrs ago (when I was 28) and about 1yr ago the pain started again with full force. Me personally, I think that there is somethign wrong with the hardware that is still in. I have been to a PM, back to my NS (that did the surgery) and yesterday I went to a spine specialist/ortho. Man did they do a bunch of bending, moving type tests. More than anyone else has done. I have had 5 different injections all that have failed. Anyway, he is going to do more blood work, and EMG (again), and an injection in a spot that hasn't been done yet. I hope that the injection works this time but I have my doubts. He asked me if I said that you needed surgery what do you think? I told him if it took away 10% of my pain I would do it.He said it is that bad huh?!?! :jawdrop: I basically told him that if I don't get fixed in a way to take away SOME of the pain at least, that I am going to go into a state of depression cuz I am not leading a normal life as a wife and mother. When my kids look at me in shock on my good days and I am able to play with them on the floor for 5 minutes it is not good. I feel like less of a mom! I make up for it in doing things htat dont bother me as much i.e. swim center, coloring, going for a walk while they ride their bikes, taking them to the park and I will walk around the playground and on the toys in the playground. But that is about it. I miss the whole wrestling on the ground, the tickle fights, laying on the ground eating popcorn and watching a movie. While everyone else in the family gets to lay on the ground under 1 blanket watching a moving and I have to sit on the couch or go to my room (depending how much I hurt that day)it gets depressing. I am only 32 and over it! I know you can understand all of that being that you too are a young mother.
    Anyway sorry to get off subject there. But I do share the joy that you had yesterday. I feel like they are actually going to do something instead of pills. My old PM wanted me to get the SCS and until I got it he felt I needed 280 10/325 Norco per month. LMFAO!!! I filled it but NEVER took that many. ITs like geeze, I have enough problems without my stomach or GI going to s**t! LOL It is such a wonderful feeling to have a doc listen to you and what you go through and not throw a bunch a pills at you. YES this doc prescribed me Norco again but FAR FAR less. I just hope that we figure out what all is going on before too long.
    I am also glad that you were able to find a place that goes off of your income. Here in the area of Nevada that I am in we do not have anything like that! WE used to have a family doc that did that but they shut down. It sucks so if anyone around here that doesn't have insur. and can't afford to pay the normal PCP prices they have to go to Reno and try to find one. I have awesome insurance which I am thankful for. However, for preventative care, they dont cover. So I go to the health nurse here in town to get the kids' immunizations. They are 5 bucks a shot up to what you can afford versus 200+ at the PCP. I think that more states and areas need more places that go off of your income. I am so so happy and excited for you that IF you do need surgery that it will be on a sliding scale.
    I am so glad that you have a much better outlook on things. I know that feeling! I am glad taht someone actually listened to you! Usually they hear us but dont listen then everything gets done that we dont need or want. so CONGRATS to you and keep us posted :D >:D<
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