Baystate pain clinic - Western Mass

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TheFutureCentury
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/5/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone been to this particular pain management center? I've heard it's the best in western mass and am considering getting a referral from my doctor because vicodin is simply not strong enough to manage severe low back pain, which I have. Severe to the point of nearly being crippling. I'm 22 so I imagine a lot of doctors would simply dismiss me - so I'd like to know if anyone else has been there. Would like opinions, etc. Thanks in advance.

Danimal
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   Posted 5/5/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi FutureCentury:

I can't comment on how good that pain management center is because I've never been but I did want to comment on the fact that you are so young and in pain. I started having back pain when I was 16 and had my first surgery at 18 and my second surgery at 21. I've been on all sorts of pain meds. but, for most of my 20s, have been on morphine and methadone. Don't worry that just because of your age, doctors will dismiss you. I've found that, if anything, being young has helped me get attention from doctors because it's a little more unusual for doctors to see someone our age in so much pain (my problem didn't stem from any accident or anything like that).

Are you in pain management right now? Who is prescribing the vicodin to you? Can that doctor try something else for you?

How did your back pain start? Does it travel into your legs??

Danimal
Author of Chronic Stimulation- a blog about being young and in pain and living with a newly implanted neurostimulator

http://www.chronicstimulation.blogspot.com/

skeye
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   Posted 5/5/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Future,

I can't offer you any help re: the clinic, but I did want to welcome you to HW. My best advice for finding a good pain management doctor would be to first talk to your doctor. The doctor that is caring for you now should be able to (and will more than likely have to) refer you to a clinic in your area. You can always look up this clinic on the internet as well. There are many websites now-a-days that offer feedback regarding doctors and clinics. As for your age, yes it may make getting adequate care harder, but not impossible. You may have to go through several doctors before you find one that you are satisfied with, but from what I have learned, this is quite common for CP patients of any age. But there certainly are some wonderful doctors out there!

Pain management doesn't just consist of pain medication. In fact, pain medication is usually used as a last resort (and some pain management doctors do not even prescribe it - you may want to look into this ahead of time). Pain management consists of a variety of different modalities, which may include physical therapy, non-narcotic medications such as muscle relaxers, antidepressants & anticonvulsants, all of which are commonly used to treat pain - especially neurologic pain, pain relieving injections and nerve blocks, acupuncture, pain psychology, and others, depending on your individual case.

I hope you find some relief. Feel free to continue posting here. Although we are not doctors, together, we are a knowledgeable and supportive group.

Skeye

SuzyMCMONT
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   Posted 5/7/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have been a patient at BSMC Interventional and non-interventional pain management since 1994.  I have found the center to be kind, compassionate, understanding.  They are a comprehensive center meaning they offer all aspects of pain managemt including, which is vitally necessary, psychological support.  After almost  year of searching for answers, finally getting an accurate diagnosis, they came to my rescue and treated me until I was stable and my pain, livable.  Most of the MD's who were there when I was getting nerve blocks are no longer in the facility.  never the less, I would not hesitate trusting any anesthesiologist there to treat me and my pain.
they explain everything, they tell you what they believe your outcome is likely to be, I had my hand held, I cried, I was given the most compassionate care I'd ever hoped for.  Trust them, they are the best.  When all failed I went for a spinal stimulator.  Six months post implant the leads failed, yet they still didn't give up on me.  I went on to non-interventional (nerve blocks) medicine and am still in treatment today.  Thank-god for Baystate.  Without them, I may not be here to tell my story.  Good luck, God Bless.

SuzyMCMONT
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   Posted 5/7/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Educate yourself on your pain condition. If you educate yourself, you will know what questions to ask, don't be afraid to put Dr's on the spot. I went to far as to ask "If I were yor wife, what would you recommend her to do." I received an honest answer with warmth and understanding.

TheFutureCentury
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   Posted 5/7/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I am actually doing physical therapy - I work VERY hard at it. I do stretches and strengthening exercises daily. about two weeks ago when I went home to visit my parents my mother immediately noticed I was standing up straighter as well as looking fitter. I was pretty happy about that. It seems though that the stronger my abdominal muscles get, and the more they push my spine straighter, the worse the pain gets. My primary care doctor is very nice and I had my prescription increased to 4 10/325 Norco's a day - up from 3. This definitely helps although they don't relieve all of the pain - they definitely help keep the worst of it away. If I don't take my medicine the pain is literally crippling, as in I could hardly even walk let alone do any kind of activity - it also completely destroys my concentration and seeing as how I have ADD this is certainly problematic. The pain will go down into my legs, it reaches down to the knee if I'm not taking any meds. I used to have really bad nerve pain as well which produced a noticeable limp - Gabapentin is a miraculous drug that blocks my nerve pain completely as well as acting as an excellent secondary mood stabiliser to the lamictal. 6 months ago my left leg was really weak - I couldn't even push back when my doctor would do the strength tests on it. That is completely fixed now, again because I work very hard at my physical therapy. My PCP gave me a referral to a doctor much closer who's practise is based in Northampton. Much closer than Springfield - I really hope this one works out because I almost got killed in Springfield by a mugger a couple of years ago.
Thanks for all the responses - I do appreciate it. I have to admit that having an intolerable level of pain at this makes me very angry at times, especially if I feel I haven't been prescribed an adequate dosage of my pain meds.

Peace.
Conditions:

Severe lower back pain - lumbar area.

Bipolar Type 2

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