The next step

Later today, I am visiting a pain management doctor.

I’m not exactly sure what to expect. My regular doctor can only do so much for me, so she gave me a referral. Dr. G doesn’t have much knowledge of fibro, she just refills my vicodin and muscle relaxers. I suppose crying in her office helped her make the decision to send me off to someone who specializes in pain.

From Wiki:

“Pain management (also called pain medicine or algiatry) is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of those living with pain.”

Eh?

I almost expected to wake up today feeling fucking fantastic, like when you take your car to the shop, and the problem magically resolves itself.

But I swear, it was making this click clack sound just this morning!

“But I swear, it was making this clicky clack sound just this morning!”

But, no such luck. I will be in full limp mode, and unless I take a half of vicodin, in great discomfort. Which I suppose is the reason I am going to a pain doctor.

Duh.

Has anyone else been to one of these specialists, and if so, what did you experience? Did it help, or was it just another dead end?

47 comments

  1. I haven’t been to one of these though one of my good friends has. It seemed to help her a bit with her fibro

    I hope you can find some solutions today, or a plan to get to them soon. Fingers crossed and ((hugs))

      1. I wish I had thought to ask her about her experience before your appointment. If you have any questions after you go that they can’t answer, I can follow up with her then.

        Sending you strength and peace…

  2. I don’t know about the pain management doctors where you’re at, but the ones in Florida just love to pass out Oxycodone like it’s candy. That’s why we have so many blues heads down here. I really hope the pain management doctors in your area are nothing like the ones here and that they actually do find better solutions for you. {{hugs}}

    1. Wowza. I had a friend who was addicted to Oxycodone, and it wasn’t pleasant. I do hope they don’t give me any, because I have a huge fear of becoming addicted myself. Thank you, Sarah. (hugs)

  3. My uncle visits an algiatrist since last year (Ménières disease), it helps him to live with it and to handle it better. For me it seems that he feels better … hope I’m right. Good luck to you and maybe it really helps you a little too.

  4. Not all pain management docs are pill pushers. Like any discipline, there are bound to be some who are better than others. Give it a shot, see how it works, and if you’re not satisfied, find another. I’ve been to two different accupuncturists, one sucked, the other was great. Good luck, we’re rooting for you.

  5. They’re all different. Like I said, if they want to ply you with epidurals and injections, think about it or run like hell. Take notes, and don’t agree to anything you aren’t 100% comfortable with.

      1. I know my Mum has been given a TENS machine in the past which zaps little bits of electricity to help with pain. I don’t know if it’s the same thing you have but I hope it helps.

  6. I always get my blog updates out of sync so you might have been but I think a pain management clinic is a wonderful idea. I worked as an RN in chronic illness management for many years and I have seen first hand the difference in people when their pain is managed. Everyone’s pain management is different so don’t confuse yourself by comparing your individual plan with anyone elses but in particular NEVER worry about being addicted. Addiction is when people without a physical illness take pain killers. I am so pleased you are giving this a try and I have my fingers crossed for you (even though it makes crochet difficult) :-)

    1. Then I shall not worry about becoming an addict, although my doctors are not very generous about pain meds. I get an allotment of them per month, and need to make them last. Though the doc gave me a TENS machine, and so far, it has helped somewhat. You may now uncross your fingers! :)

  7. Loved my pain management doc…he actually worked with me (at my request) to reduce my meds after I fired a rheumy who told me that if I didn’t take the ever increasing doses he was prescribing I would feel worse. Hope you’ve found a good one!

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