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  • I'm glad your PCP was able to give you enough meds until Wed. Did you ask your PCP if there was another pain mgmt doc they could refer you too? I wouldn't want to go back to that place as they don't seem to care about the patient at all.

    Keep us posted on the results of your tests.
  • what a few people have already said here, definitely look into getting a new PM doc. Some of them have a "here's your pill, here's my bill" attitude about them. Until someone lives with chronic pain, they have no clue what it is like to just make it through each day. We are treated as just another number to process in 10 minutes and get on to the next patient. My PM is just OK, but very conservative and refuses to prescribe anything stronger than what he's already given me for the past 2 years. I'm stongly considering cutting ties with him and seeing someone new.

    Good luck. I hope you have success with getting your pain under control.
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  • It is never easy living with pain and we all what adequate quality of life improvement, most of those who have gone down the increased medication route find that living in this zone of fog more problematic that the pain we endure every day. No amount of meds will relieve an underlying condition that may be best suited to a more invasive process, only mask the symptoms rather than the cause.

    I do understand Maddys sentiment of just providing the basics and in that we should expect more and request appropriate provision to the management of the pain that we have, this is an ongoing trial and error process and even after 20 years my GP is looking to seek an improving strategy for the pain that I endure all the time.

    Maddys perhaps you could ask why stronger medication is not suitable, conservative maybe another word for ineffectual and a more varied approach to any alternative medication available more suitable. Many decisions are made for our well being that we feel excludes us from knowledge of why this is preferable, one side communication is frustrating, we are all entitled to be informed of how and why these decision are made.

    Take care and good luck.

    John
  • I so feel your pain!!! I have been through 2 PM doctors in the course of 5 years, the first one because I never saw the same doctor twice and the second doctor, well I screwed up but he was treating my pain so inadequately I did something dumb- smoked pot! I was not eating or sleeping, all of which was documented in my files for months!! I was eating one carton of yogurt a day, lost 20 pounds in one month! I would go in and my blood pressure would be 170/100, all due to distress from pain. I called in crying and wanting to kill myself and they said they could do nothing for me. They kept my meds at 4 percocet a day, no matter how much pain I was in. If I was placed on an ER med, they gave me additional muscle relaxers for breakthrough pain. He watched my reflexes in my arms fade to nonexistent but he said they were good enough for him. I never threw hissy fits or got upset with them, never showed drug seeking behavior which all of my doctors testified to at trial. I was stuck in a vicious pain cycle I could not break- I was even sent to a mental hospital for wanting to kill myself because the pain was so bad!! And the doctor did NOTHING! Because I was in a car accident, my choices were and are very limited. I have no health insurance, need a 3 level fusion but cannot afford one- I went to trial last year and won. I still have not seen a penny from the insurance company as they are appealing an 11-1 jury verdict and it is likely I will not have surgery for a few more years despite the fact that my discs are dying and turning black.

    But the point is losing my PM doctor has turned out to be a blessing in disguise! I went back to my pcp with my records and was up front and honest with him, something my old doctor never gave me a chance to do! My pcp was absolutely disgusted with my old PM doctor; my pcp was the first to treat me after the accident and was able to tell immediately how much I have deteriorated. R takes a whole body approach prescribing medicine but also encouraging vitamins and healthy lifestyle. Now I have my pain under much better control!! No more cycles and I feel more like a human again! I have signed a contract with him and am happy to do so. He actually listens to me and adjusts things accordingly- we have 30 minute talks whereas before I would have to grab the PM doc to get him to talk to me!! Yes, I am on stronger meds but I don't feel hazy at all- I am far less able to function when my pain levels are high than now!

    Anyways, sorry for the lengthy post but sweetie, please get yourself better care ASAP!! Find out about other PM doctors in your area, I believe there is a website that helps you to find doctors and some have even been rated by their patients!! I hope you find what you need!! Don't be like me and wind up in a 3 year cycle of hell!! Sending prayers your way!! Get the medical treatment you need and deserve!! You should not be treated like that by any physician!! Good luck!!
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