going to an anesthesiologist for pain relief?

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cbear
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   Posted 7/29/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
hi. i have fibro, chronic pain and fatigue, severe restless legs syndrome, among others. i went to dr. recently practically begging for some kind of relief for the over-whelming pain i have been having for the last few weeks. i already take 3 hydrocodone every day, mostly for my restless legs. its the only thing that works for that. obviously it usually helps with the pain, too. that is not the case now. i asked her about several pain meds. that i have read about from some of u on-line. she said they couldnt prescribe "those kinds of meds". so, shes sending me to an anesthesiologist. has that ever happened to any of you? i was very surprised. the reason i didnt ask her about it is that she had told me she was going to set up an appt. for me with a psychiatrist. i also didnt understand that. i would have asked more, but she basically told me she didnt have any more time for me! i dont know what to do. i need to tell you that i didnt actually get to see my dr. i saw one of her pas. i really like my dr. and she is supposed to be one of the best in this area for treating fibro. i left that appt with the pa, angry frustrated, and confused. have any of u with chronic pain/fibro ever been sent to an anesthisiologist? if so, what were ur results? i need a lifeline. im hanging on but im in so much pain. ive been crying every day from the pain. i have to wait about 2 weeks for the visit, so i dont know what ill do til then.

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   Posted 7/29/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
You need to see a board certified Physiatrist, not Psychiatrist. They have taken the lead from Anesthesiologists in the realm of pain medicine. Some are attached to physical rehab centers.
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 7/29/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Cbear,
 
     Good afternoon. *huggs* It is so nice to see you today. *huggs!
 
     There are doctors that work at the same area of the hospital as my spine specialist and they have "anesthesiology" on thier list of specialties. I think that part is normal, okay? So no worries! And WooOOT! I hope you get to see a pain psychologist! I loved Miss Mary, she was awesome. smilewinkgrin   It is very normal for you to be referred to a pain psychologist and pain management specialist at the same time. Saves alot of time and hassle to do it that way.
 
*huggs*
   dani
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White Beard
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   Posted 7/29/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   

cbear

It has been awhile since I seen you post, I am glad to see you back! It is to bad that you were treated that way at your Doctors. Some Anesthesiologist are into pain management, and have have extra training in that area. So I would not be overly concerned about that.  Some Doctors are not that well versed in pain management, and just don't want to deal with it, and so they will send you to someone they feel is more qualified and able to treat you. You mentioned you have Restless Leg Syndrome, (RLS) what have they given you for that? You mentioned you were taking Hydrocodone that is for pain not for RLS. Usually RLS is treated with Requip or Mirapex which is quite effective for most people. You might want to check out  www dot rls dot org as they have allot of information concerning restless legs. Of course there is also the Fibro forum here at HealingWell that you can go to.

cbear I don't know if you can call us a "life line" but we are here for you! To listen and support you! I do wish you were not in so much pain, have you tried calling your Doctor and try to just talk to your Doctor not the nurses or PA's or what ever, but your actual Doctor? You might want to give that a try, and explain your situation maybe  just maybe your Doctor could do something till your other appointment!

I wish you well!

White Beard


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I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Chartreux
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   Posted 7/29/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
My Pain Management Doctor is an Anesthesiologist and I believe most are, like what WhiteBeard posted..mine had extra training
for pain and it's management...my first pain management doctor was a joke though and I fired him, so I'm on Doctor number 2, with
some better results...
On the other hand a good pain management psychologist can help as well and I see one about every three weeks or so...
and WhiteBeard is right on about that yo should call your doctor and talk to just him/her...
Good Luck and well wishes
and lots and lots of soft hugz...
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Stella Marie
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   Posted 7/29/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
If I am not mistaken, first you must be a Board Certified in Anesth. and then you go on for an additional three years of Fellowshio training in Pain Management. At that point you can sit for your board certification in Pain Management. Many doctors collect a few other specialties along the way. I would make sure the Anethest. she is sending you to is a trained Pain Management Specialist.

Good Luck

Stella Marie

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Rare neurodegenerative /movement disorder called “Multiple System Atrophy”.  Mobility issues,, neuropathic pain,  spasticity, central apnea, collagenous colitis, pain, swallowing and respitory  involvement,  Implants: intrathecal pump  & neurostimulator.  Extra features: O2 & wheelchair

 


anice
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   Posted 7/29/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
cbear, I think everyone has pretty much covered the information here. I agree with what has been said. I just wanted you to know that I will be thinking about you. I hope that you are able to get some releif soon. You shouldn't have to hurt like this.
((((((((((cbear))))))))))))
Anice

Jim1969
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   Posted 7/29/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Just my two cents of course, but the ones that I would be most leary of are the ones who spend 50% or more of their time working as an anesthesiologist and the pain management is more of a side job for them when they are not working in the OR.

Granted, I may be a bit prejudiced on this since that is what the pain doc at our local pain clinic does and he isn't worth a darn as a pain management doc.
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cbear
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   Posted 7/29/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
god bless you ALL for your responses. it helps to know there r so many people who not only care but genuinely want to help. to resond to my use of hydrocodone for restless legs syndrome, i go to a top notch neufologist who is the BEST at treating rls. i have been his patient for several yrs. i have tried every known meds. for rls. klonopin, requip, neurontin, gabapentin, mirapex, and the list goes on. hydrocodone was a last resort, but it does work! i have not had to increase my dosage since i started it. i actually have restless "body" syndrome. at times it affects everything. hydrocodone is my miracle drug! it has made rls, must improved, but obviously not cured.im not saying its for everyone, but it has tremendously helped me. since you all posted i feel better about my upcoming drs. appts. i did call my reg. dr. today to ask for some relief until my new dr. appt. but she was out today. so another day of suffering. i know many of you r suffering, too and my heart goes out to u. i will keep u up to date on my condition. thanks for taking time to talk to me. i really appreciate it!

White Beard
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   Posted 7/29/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
cbear

You have taught me something, I had never heard of hydrocodone being used for treating RLS or in your case RBS ( restless body syndrome) but if it works for you then you can't argue with success! Actually I believe the correct term is PLMD Periodic Limb Movement Disorder. They talk about that allot on the Sleep Apnea forum! Anyway everyone is so different and responds so differently to everything. Just as an example Hydrocodone wires me and keeps me awake, when I was given it for pain, if I took it at bedtime I would be awake all night, yet for most people it makes them sleepy! I am glad that it works for you! I know RLS and PLMD is terrible thing to have! RLS runs in my "outlaws" family and I know what they go through with it. I would not wish that on anybody well... at least most people I wouldn't!! my wife or soon to be ex already has it so it would do no good wishing it on her anyway!!! devil
Just remember cbear we are all here for you!

White Beard


Moderator Chronic Pain
 
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


straydog
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   Posted 7/30/2009 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
CBear I don't have much to add either since everyone else has pretty much covered everything. Just try to hang in there till you get your appt and see how things go. I had never heard of hydro for RLS either, but that is further proof of you never know till you try it and we all do react differently with medications.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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