Went to see my PM dr.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/26/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah  Hello again....went to my pm yesterday. Actually I seen his pa. He was very nice as well. They were very concerned about my bp. It was really high(can't remeber the numbers) It seems like my bp goes up when I am in alot of pain. He was going to prescribe me something for bt pain, but since my body is not absorbing my meds...putting something in my stomach may work and it may not work. So what was decided was to increase the patch. I was on 12 now I am on 25. It feels like night and day. Even though I feel better, I am going to take it easy today and not overdo it like last week. Anyway, he wants to see me on the 9th to see how things are going. I am so glad I called him. I am just so afraid of being judged....don't want to be labled a druggie. Last pm doctor I had pretty much treated me that way. Kept trying to explain that somedays the Darvocet didnt work for my pain. He always made me feel like there was something wrong with me. Anyway, just want to let everyone know. Hope everyone is doing well today.


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   Posted 6/26/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tonya,

I'm very happy to hear your visit went well.  Its sad that we need validation that our pain is real simply because of the Dr's out there who have no clue what chronic pain feels like!  In addition to not understanding what its like they are so ready to label us!  It makes all the difference when we find someone who cares and IS concerned that we get relief, like you say its the difference between night and day!

Enjoy your day!


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   Posted 6/26/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Tonya,

Glad the higher dose is helping. Try not to feel like you are a "druggie". Believe me, if you doctor though you were just there for the scripts, he'd run an "INSPECT"on you. That a report that goes through all the pharmacy computers looking for narcotic scripts under your SS number. In fact, it's not unusual for PM doctors to run one on all new patients when they first see them.

But, please, don't ever feel that way. I don't allow my self to. I did some at first, but not any more. I realized that I needed that medication to get out of bed and be able to half function every day. I don't take it because I want it, and tried everything under the sun to not need it, so it's just part of my life now.

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   Posted 6/26/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tonya,

Its very good to hear your patch was increased and is working. That makes all the difference in the world when we take something that really helps. It sounds like you have a good dr and a good PA.

You know, I think when we all first start the narcotics routine we feel exactly as what you are feeling. None of us what to be labeled or judged by anyone. But ignorance is a big problem among people when it comes to chronic pain. But, do not worry about it, this is what you need to have quality life and thats very important. Also, keep it limited on who knows that you need medication. I have found the fewer that know the better. It is my business no one elses. Just be honest with your dr and let him know what is working and what is not working.

Its so sad that so many drs have the attitude of your prior dr. Those are the ones that do not need to taking care of chronic pain patients no doubt. The good news is you are done with him and no longer have that to deal with. it is very hard finding a good pain dr. I have one and I let her know on every appt how much I appreciate what she does for me.

Take care and have a good weekend.

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   Posted 6/26/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Just curious...I tried the patches before..I had been on Methadone for about 6 months and told them that I didn't feel like they were helping as much as they had at first...Then my Dr. gave me a script for Duragesic Patches. I'm not sure of the amount, but I had such a hard time with them...They wouldn't stay on and they gave me a rash... Were you on anything before the patch? How well do you like the patch?

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   Posted 6/27/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
My father was on 100 mg patch for years, changing up from 100 and 150 I believe. He entered the program for studies on a new adhesive. It worked. I wonder if they ever changed over to that adhesive??

But I'm glad your PM appointment went well.

Also WELCOME to the family

39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all

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