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!
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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Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 20 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen