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When I went to the pain clinic for the first time...I was asked numerous questions, such as: Can you describe what it feels like? What do you do to help alleviate the pain? What makes it worse/better? Sitting/standing/laying down help? Does rest make it better/worse?
When I tried to explain that nothing seems to make it better- whether resting/walking/sitting, it hurts all day....from the time I open my eyes until I can FINALLY get to sleep...nothing makes it better...it hurts no matter what I do!! Some days are worse than others and some are better than others....she seemed confused?! She asked me the same type of question different times, in different ways....and all my answers were always the same....she seemed genuinely concerned, but confused....and jumped right on the ESI...which, the doc she works for, is his "thing"....which, btw- didn't do anything but make things worse...

I was wondering if anyone else here is the same? Nothing (sitting/laying down, etc..) you try seems to make it any better?
-Susan
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  • sometimes when new patients say they have pain on a level of 10 all day without relief even with meds, it sends up a major red flag. most pain has ups and downs and rarely at least for me at the level of 10. my doctor asks me also when i see him and i say it ranges from 7-8 depending on if i stand or walk. rarely does my pain get to a level 10. i take meds, but even with mine one can have a 10. that is what breakthrough pain meds are for. i think the part about having the same amount of pain all day probably concerned her. she was probably asking you like a cop does, the same questions differently to see if you change your answer. new patients usually go through this because pain doctors want to make sure a new patient is on the up and up. this happens to most new patients. be as honest as you can. don't exaggerate your responses. there is a post on ron and sandi's site that explains all of this. i would read it before you go to your next appointment.
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I didn't say my pain level was a 10....all I was saying is that nothing I can do makes it better...and I'm not on any meds...and no, I wasn't asking about them asking...I was asking if other people have the same issue....not being able to get comfortable....
    -Susan
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  • to repharse, yes i can get comfortable. i was not accusing, i was just mentioning what not to say and do when you go to a pain doctor's office if you are new. they are constantly monitored by the dea so one has to be careful. they are always on the lookout all of the time. i hate to say, but they are overly cautious when seeing new patients. one has to be careful by how you come across. also once again, read the posts by ron and sandi about going to a pain doctor and do's and don'ts. the best thing to do is always be honest with them about everything.
    jon
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • The pain clinic I go to, actually cannot prescribe anything....since they work out of several area hospitals, up and down this state.....for anything medicine related, I will see my FNP/MD/PA....which I am VERY confused about...?! I have read the post(s)...and they had previously tried me on all different Nsaids (several different ones and strengths), and a couple refills of Tramadol...and now I have to wait to see the MD before going any further....especially since my ESI...
    -Susan
  • usually it is the other way around. the pain doctors are usually the ones that prescribe the pain meds wether they be naisd's or narcotics or whatever. my pain doctor prescribes all of my pain meds. my neurosurgeon just does the surgery and relies on the pain doctor if i needs meds or i am in the hospital. the pain doctor is totally in charge of any meds, pain of course. maybe you should see a pain doctor and not go to a clinic. some clinics just do injections or acupuncture or other things. see if you can find a pain doctor.i don't know if your insurance will allow it, but try
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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