So I am going to call my PM dr. today

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mama2654
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   Posted 1/2/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
What should I say over the phone, they are so mean. No nurse to talk to either!!

hopeisreal
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   Posted 1/2/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have any advice as to what to say---just good luck---I hate mean Medical Staff---I mean, what the heck are ya' in the field for---if you can't be nice to people who are in pain, and have problems! Geez!

I guess---what are you calling them for? Maybe write out what you want to say beforehand---that helps me so I don't forget why I am calling/visiting-------:)

Laurel

mama2654
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   Posted 1/2/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I did call and he said the Dr. wants me to come in tomorrow, I was ableto find a ride. So thats good. But the person on the phone said the dr said he us unsue why the meds he gave me isnt working for me. How do you respond to that?!! So I guess tomorrow I will just go in and say what?

mrsm123
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   Posted 1/2/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
The simple answer to why they don't work is that pain medication effects each patient differently. What works for one, may not work or not work as well for another.
Good luck tomorrow.
Sandi
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straydog
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   Posted 1/2/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Tell him exactly wht you have told us, the medication is not working. Good luck tomorrow. Susie


mama2654
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   Posted 1/2/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks all, I just downloaded a pain diary to fill out and take along as well. Thanks.

Mochiah
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   Posted 1/2/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Mama- where did you find the pain diary to download???? I just keep a little notebook, but it sounds like the thing you found might cover more bases.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").


ryand
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   Posted 1/2/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
The American Pain Foundation has a really good "pain notebook" that allows you to collect quite a bit of related information such as doctor's names, med lists, and even questions/concerns you wish to ask the doc about during a visit. The pain diary pages have an hourly graph and also the diagram most doctor's offices have you complete when you visit. I've pasted the link below. There is also a link for extra daily pain diary pages.

http://www.painfoundation.org/Publications/Notebook.pdf
http://www.painfoundation.org/Publications/NotebookExtra.pdf

mama2654
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   Posted 1/2/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I used the same. Hope the dr. doesnt laugh at me..lol.

shortcake_727
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   Posted 1/3/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi There!

Just wanted to wish you the best today at your PM appointment. I truly hope everything works out for you. Please post an update when you can, as I am sure there are a lot of us here waiting to hear the outcome to your appointment.

Hope you get the much needed relief you are needing. I have been keeping you in my thoughts and prayers :)

Take care,
Shortcake_727

Mochiah
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   Posted 1/3/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
So, Mama, how did the appointment go today??? Please let us know what the outcome was. I am truly hoping he/she finds something that works for you, and in a quantity sufficient to last an entire month!
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").


mama2654
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   Posted 1/3/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I posted mt outcome on my recap topic. Thanks everyone for your help. I go back in 2 weeks to reevaluate. I think the diary helped too, but I only started that yesterday!! Have a goodnight!
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