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TDoern
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 1/12/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I've been seeing a doctor here in town for about six months now. After firing my previous doctor who told me he was taking me off of narcotic pain meds when I questioned the amount he was prescribing me. He told me that if I was questioning the amount of medication then I didn't need to be on it. (He had me on MS Contin 30g three times a day, Percocet 5/325 4 a day, and Oxycodone 10mg 4 a day) I was worried about the fact that I felt like I was walking around in a daze, and was constantly forgetting things....

Anyways... the point is I realized yesterday just how lucky I am to have the doctor I do now. I explained to her what happened with my first doctor on my first visit and she said that I was right to have gotten away from him. She also didn't do what I expected which was to send me to a pain doctor right away and make me deal until I got in to see him. She had no problem giving me the Percocets, muscle relaxer and even put me on amitriptylene which has helped immensely. I would go in and see her every month, she'd ask me about my pain, make sure I had enough medication to last, and it was working well enough. She referred me to a pain doctor who only did shots - that didn't work.. and when I went back in had no problems with helping me again. She also told me that if the new pain doctor isn't helpful to just let her know and she'll continue my pain treatment, or find another pain specialist.

Well, about two weeks ago, I started noticing my day to day pain rising. Instead of taking 1 maybe two perc's a day I was taking all three. I figured it was from the weather front that moved through, until after the front had passed I was still getting worse. Wednesday night I was in so much pain even using my walker to get to bed had me in tears and after taking a trip to the bathroom my legs, even with the walker wouldn't support me. I was throwing up, shaking, and getting chills I was hurting so bad. I managed to get some pain meds in - but threw up the water I took with them. But that with some sleeping meds managed to get me to sleep a bit. (My doctor has already told me it's okay to take the sleeping meds if I can't sleep, but only take half). Wednesday night my husband was on the verge of calling 911 it was so bad. Well Thursday was another very very bad day. Except due to my diet restriction from my gastric bypass nothing I was allowed to eat or drink helped me keep the pills in. I went through 4 pills trying to get them to stay down. Finally I had potato's and they kept it down (pre-surgery if I was throwing up it was the only thing that would hold a pill in). It worked... but I called and my doctor's nurse said even though she was booked to come in and she'd get me in.

I went in - had to wait about an hour to get seen (unheard of for my doctor) but when I was seen my doctor - she knew right away I was in bad shape. Without asking me anything. She asked what was going on - I told her, and she actually apologized for me being in so much pain. She did a quick exam - because along the area where I get the nerve pain in my left leg had started going numb and tingly all the time - then told me what she was going to do - she said she could see the muscles in my lower back spasming - she didn't even have to touch me to see it. She also said my nerves were in bad shape based on the exam - she said that there were times she was touching my leg that I wasn't aware of it... and at times she was poking me with a sharp end and I thought it was soft. So she gave me a pain shot, muscle relaxer shot, and a anti-inflammatory shot. She also put me back on the MS Contin. My blood pressure was at 150/100 when I went in, and she had a nurse sit with me the whole time, monitoring my BP - as the shots worked the BP went back down to 120/90 still high for me, I'm usually at 110/80 - but better. She also gave me a piece of paper to use if I ever get that bad again to take with me to the ER stating I'm under her care and have pain that at times is uncontrolled, and to call her at home if necessary to treat my pain.

I just wanted to post that there are doctors out there who care! I know after being treated so poorly by the previous doctor I'm amazed at this one's compassion! She looked genuinely concerned I was in so much pain, and took the time to squeeze me in against her schedule - and gave up her lunch break to help take care of me. I know that so often we only read about the crappy doctors, so I wanted to post that there are some good ones left. To keep searching till you find a good one.
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
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Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)


Mochiah
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 450
   Posted 1/12/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I am absolutely thrilled that you have found the best doctor you have seen in a long time! Right now I am lucky and have that kind of doctor for myself. She knows me well enough to know if I even call that something is drastically wrong and usually will have something better waiting at the front desk for one of my family members to pick up and fill.

Unfortunately, I am also going through an unknown soon. My doctor is getting out of pain management and has sent me on to a PM doctor. I was supposed to see him this month but they didn't review my records in time, so I have to wait until February. When I stopped in at the new doctor's office to make an appointment, the place was PACKED. I am hoping that translates into meaning the doctor is excellent and not that the doctor will shuffle through patients too quickly trying to get them out the door.

She (my regular doctor) did tell me which of the 2 to see in this new practice because one will basically continue what we have been doing and the other newer guy will try and reinvent the wheel by sending me back for all the shots that didn't work, PT, etc.

Anyway, good for you. It is the most amazing feeling when you know you are being listened to and truly cared about.
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, trazodone, and Parafon Forte
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me.


Chutz
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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 9090
   Posted 1/12/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
That's great news! Your doc sounds similar to mine and I thank the Lord for him every day. Without good care I'd be sunk.

Hugs,
Chutzie
Co-Mod Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Forums
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Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin dependent diabetic, collapsed disk, dermatitis herpetiformus, osteo arthritis in spine and other locations.
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The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it's limits. Albert Einstein: (1879-1955)


TDoern
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 495
   Posted 1/18/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad for my doctor now! The pain doctor I had been waiting 3 months to get seen by, and was supposed to see on monday, had their secretary call on tuesday to let me know that they are no longer accepting new patients. I've waited 3 freaking months for this doctor and just now they made the decision? I was so ticked.

Good news is that I may just ask my primary doctor if she feels comfortable managing my pain, if so just stick with her.
"When we come to the edge of the light we know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, of one thing we can be sure; either God will provide something solid to stand on... or we will be taught to fly.'"

"Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you're made of, You might bend, till you break Cause its all you can take; On your knees you look up Decide you've had enough, You get mad you get strong Wipe your hands shake it off, Then you Stand" From "Stand" by Rascal Flatts
_____________________________________________________________________________
Dx.: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ulcerlative Colitis, Chronic Inflammation of the Colon, Ruptured & Fused L4-L5-S1 w/pinched nerves, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Costochondritis, Back Muscle Spasms, Asthma, Benign Tremmors (hands)

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