Post Edited (moondancer) : 10/28/2008 11:35:00 AM (GMT-6)
Thank You so much momto3,for the kind words. I assure you I WILL find a different Dr. as soon as my lap band surgery takes place.it has taken me almost 8 months and I just finished up all the pretesting procedures and 6 months of weight ins with this DR.
Let me ask you a question. Will a Pain Managment MD give me what ever it takes to ease the pain, should I not be afraid to ask for what it is I need? and exactly what do I say when they ask me what kind of pain pills I want? I did not know which ones to request when he asked me/
What are my options besides vicadin? that might work better?
I don't know if a pain management doc will give you whatever you ask for, but I do think if you go see one you need to be honest and upfront about the level of pain you are in and what you are currently taking and that it just isn't working. I've taken a lot of pain meds over the years due to surgeries and some for the RA and vicodin/darvon are fairly weak pain medications. Yes, it is okay to ask for a certain medication. This is the issue today, so many fear they will look like an addict if they are in pain and ask for pain medication. While it can be easy to cross the line of needing the pills when you are no longer in pain, I think there is such a stigma in society that it prevents some patients from getting the pain management they require. I have a prescription for darvon and a couple of months back I had it filled. Well a couple of weeks ago I was having terrible joint pain so I called in a request to have it refilled but I waited as long as I could because I was afraid it would look like I was just wanting pain pills, even though it had been a couple of months, I worried that it wasn't long enough and that someone would think, she just had a script for those a couple months back!
I understand sticking it out with the one doctor until you get your surgery and hopefully that will ease some of your joint pain. I would see a pain specialist, you have had a lot of surgeries! Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself
Oy, I hear you! I'm 38 and wonder what the future holds for me and my mobility as well. I had such excruciating pain at 25 that I could barely walk for years. I spent 6 months going from specialist to specialist trying to figure out what what was wrong, tons of tests, x-rays, and bone scans, a variety of cocktails to try for the pain...all to be told by each and every specialist that I must need to see a shrink since they can't find the problem. Talk about a deep depression after being in so much pain and told I was crazy!
Patty, I suggest you see your dentist about the jaw as well. A good dentist should be able to take care of TMJ. Wearing the splint/nightguard will help the popping. They can be expensive if not covered on your insurance.
I agree with Mom that you need a new primary. The biologicals are for RA, but if they don't think that your problem may be stemmed from a form of RA, they may not do anything for you. You may have to try a variety of pain meds before you find the right one/mixture that help you best.
Don't let their negativity get to you - when they have no idea what's wrong, it's the patient that is always crazy. Be persistent, stay aware, do your research, and ask questions. We're here for you any time you need to vent. Keep us up to date on your situation.