Pysiatrists are useless

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   Posted 11/18/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Last time I saw this guy he injected my knee and it didn't work. It still hurts like crazy and all he can do is order an MRI. Why? he's already said all he'll do is inject it. I don't see what difference an MRI would make.

I just saw my Physiatrist or so-called pain doctor today. My back kills me My knee kills me. My legs hurt like I have sciatia. Fortunatwly, I don't have that diagnosis. anyway He said he could do injections on my spine. What good is that going to do? according to my MRI my back is normal! Besides, injections didn't work on my knee and doing that all along my spine is going to hurt like crazy.

I asked emphatically for something stronger than Lortab. I already take the 10s and the just don't help any more. He responded by saying all he'll ever do for anyone is injections. I asked about a referral to an orthopedic doc. He said because my MRI looks normal I wouldn't get the time of day from one. sometimes my back hurts so much it's hard to breath. Now what do I do? My primary doc once said he'd give me something stronger than lortab but he's only willing to go so far.

so, now what?

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   Posted 11/18/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   

I hear ya about being so frustrated with this dr. It happens more than you realize. It sounds to me like you have a pain mgt dr that is in to injections only and some of them are that way and either prescribe no medication or give little.

What about about getting a second opinion with another pain mgt but make sure this one does give medication. This is something you can handle with a phone call and ask before scheduling an appt. Hate to say it, but he is probably right about seeing an orthopedic for your back. If your MRI is totally normal an ortho sure isn't going to give meds, they don't usually write nothing but Lortab anyway and nothing else. They don't want to get caught up into writing strong meds to patients and have to deal with the DEA ooking over their shoulder. These guys rather spend their time in the operating room than messing with the DEA.

I would say this but its your choice. Get the MRI done on your knee. You can have all sorts of things wrong with that knee that will show up on the MRI. It can be anything from a tear of the meniscus to ACL problems, so get him to at least do that. If you have some problems going on in there then no, injections will not help, could be a problem that requires arthroscopic surgery. ometimes, drs will go in & scope a knee to take a look to see whats going on even if nothing is showing on the MRI.

As for your back problems, if its an actual sprain they can be boogers to recover from. Each person is so different when it comes to pain problems. What kind of injections excatly ids he proposing on your back? There ane many different ones. Sorry I am not of much help but I did want to respond to your post. Susie

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   Posted 11/19/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply, Susie.

He was talking about steroid injections along my spine. I would imagine that's gonig to hurt A LOT based on my previous experience with injections. I have the knee MRI scheduled. Guess we'll see.

I'm also going to contact my neuro and see if he has anything to say.

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 11/19/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to a pain clinic. The doctor there prescribed a small amount of
Methadone. The deal in this clinic was that I go to 1) A pain psychologist
2) Physical Therapy 3) Biofeedback 4) and, of course, the pain doctor.
After I'd seen all 4 doctors they would have a conference with me present
and they'd all decide what my treatment plan would be.
The pain psychologist looked like he'd stepped out of the 80's. The biofeedback
chick was so awful i wrote a letter of complaint to the clinic. 4) The Physical
therapy guy was pleasant but he was unsure what to do to help me. Of, I've
I wasn't there long because we moved to another town (and another set of
What I've heard is 1) Clinics can be good 2) Clinics can be teribubble. Mine was terribly
Have I helped?

Osteoarthritis all levels of spine right down to Coccyx,Spondilytis,Myofascial Pain
Fibromyalgia,Bulging Discs,Spinal Stenosis,Scoliosis,Osteopenia,Chronic Constipation
Carpel Tunel Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder,
Depression & Anxiety

Methadone for Pain, Xanax for Anxiety, and more, of course.

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