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ekkorose
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   Posted 9/16/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
For the past two days my pain level has been off the charts and I think I am starting to lose it. Right now I am debating having my doc admit me for pain control (an option she and I discussed) but don't want to put that stress on my family.
 
I have an appt with a PM doc on Thursday to see what can be done but since it is my first visit I don't know what to expect.
 
What are some tips and tricks you use to get you through the really bad days?

Hysterectomy at 25

4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

 

Meds - vicodin : nexium : skelaxin : klonopin

 

Supplements : calcium : magenesium :potassium : milk thistle : fish oil : B complex : vit E


In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz 


d2parrotperson
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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ekkorose. On the really bad ones I take an extra hot bath and try to stay in bed as much as possible, with my heating pad (of course). Not that I can do this very often, as I work 5 days a week. I take extra pain pills & use a lidocaine patch(es) too. I also take my full dose of muscle relaxers. Not much for it but to find the most effective way to deal!
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PAlady
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   Posted 9/16/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Ekkorose,
I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. Probably what helps varies with each of us, and sometimes we just suffer through the times.

I don't want this to sound like I WANT you to suffer, but since you'll be going for an initial appointment with a PM specialist in two days, it may turn out to be a "good" thing (please don't misinterpret this!) that your pain levels are up right now, as you can describe them clearly and the PM doc will have a better idea what he/she has to help you with. Chutzie has a link to a pain journal, but since you've only got two days, I'd suggest making sure you're writing down all your symptoms ( do NOT sugar coat anything) and all the activities those symptoms interfere with. Home life, work, etc. Sometimes I think we try to appear stronger to our docs when we go infor appointments, which doesn't help them see the worst of it.

In the meantime, try to do as little as possible re: activities. And if heat or ice help in small doses, that's great. Anything that helps even an ounce we use. I don't know what meds. you have prescribed, but use whatever has been given to you, including for "prn" (as needed) use. But do NOT use anything that hasn't been prescribed, or take any extra meds, especially with your appointment so close. You may likely be given a urine screen, and if there's anything that shows up that shouldn't be there (your medicines, as they are prescribed aer EXPECTED to show up - so don't stop taking them) the PM doc may not take you on. And be sure to take a list of all the meds you take, along with over the counter meds, and the meds you've taken in the 24 hrs. prior to the appointment just in case you are given a urine screen. I don't want to scare you about this, just prepare you. And again, anything that's prescribed is expected to be in your system, so don't stop taking prescribed meds!

Don't know if any of this helps, but try to take it easy and hopefully some relief is in sight in a couple of days.

PaLady

ekkorose
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   Posted 9/16/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLady,

Thanks for the info and ideas and I agree, the pain being so bad right now will help me describe it better. I have kept a pain journal for a few weeks and I will be taking that with me. I work full time and have taken so much time off this year I cannot really miss anymore so I suffer through with my heating pad and my StopPain roll-on that I live off of.

Hysterectomy at 25

4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

 

Meds - vicodin : nexium : skelaxin : klonopin

 

Supplements : calcium : magenesium :potassium : milk thistle : fish oil : B complex : vit E


In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz 


Lindaloo
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   Posted 9/16/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Ekkorose,

I am so sorry you are suffering so much, but glad you have an appointment soon with the pain doctor. I am sure you will get good treatment It may take a while to get the right med at the right doseage, but you have to start somewhere, right??

I will definitely pray for you and I hope that all goes well for you. Please post on here and tell us how your appointment went and what your impression was of the doctor. I have a pain management physician and she is wonderful. She really listens to me. I have been seeing her once a month for almost two years now and she manages my pain quite well, considering. I have fibromyalgia and it is bad at times and I can't even move, walk or stand.

Well again good luck and God bless you

Lindaloo
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
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And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
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straydog
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   Posted 9/17/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Ekk so glad you are seeing your dr on Thursday. I think this may play favorable for you being in such bad pain with the new dr. He/she can see you during one of your worst times and it may well give them a better idea as to what is going on with you. Usually on the 1st appt after an exam the dr will make a game plan. If you are on pain meds he should ask how well its covering your pain. If it does not work all that well for you, please let the dr know. I always told my pain dr if a med did not work, but I also said I did not want to be put on a pain med that knocked me out, or made me feel like I was in a fog. Susie

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