Referral to pain mgt. Now What??

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   Posted 12/16/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My PCP has referred me to a pain mgt. Dr. for Crohns, Kidney stones, and arthritis.  What can they do for me??  How do they treat these conditions?  What should I expect?  I have never taken this route.
Thank you!

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   Posted 12/16/2007 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I havent been but I think they are just more capable/free to prescribe pain meds for pain management. The meds other docs are afraid to prescribe.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 12/16/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a difficult time understanding why some doctors are afraid to prescribe pain medicine - when I was in the hospital last year I was on a morphine drip the pain was so bad.  When I switched drs it was like pulling teeth to get him to prescribe a low dose of codeine!!  This is not complaining about a random headache, this is my insides are literally falling apart.  THAT is painful.

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   Posted 12/16/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been going to a pain specialist for the past two years. mine prescribes pain meds and I've gotten epidural injections. Before I went to him I was under the impression he would explain different methods of working through the pain, but i was wrong. They actually try to make you more comfortable.
39, Married
Had problems (pain, bleeding, nausea) since age 13.

Dx'd with Crohn's in Spring of 1991.

Resection that December

Broke the L1(mid back) in 1999

went on Remicade in early 2004.

Pain Doc believes the LLQ pain are pinched nerves

Electrical spinal cord stimulator implant july 3, 17, Aug 27
on the third try now.. :( ..

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   Posted 12/16/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been going to a pain clinic for two years now.I am so glade that my PCP referred me because my pain is under better control and while I still have my day's it's nothing like it was before going.I think the reason a lot of doctors not wanting to script pain meds is because they are scared of a law suit,and the fact that the FDA is getting tuff and buckling down on doctors.Good luck and please let us know how it goes.

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   Posted 12/17/2007 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, this may sound like a silly question, but, we tried to get pain management for hubby but at that time we did not have a dx.  The place told us that without a DX they would not even see him.
OK, so now we have a Dx and what would I tell them when I call?  His pain is not necessarily in the intestines: it is from our best guess in the region of his coccyx bone.  It is definately bone; he has been on oxycodone for months, and recently tried to start weaning off and this bone pain has come back.
He is scheduled for a complete nuclear bone scan on December 27.
Learning can only happen when a child is interested.  If he's not interested, it's like throwing marshmallows at his head and calling it eating.  Make him interested!

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   Posted 12/17/2007 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Please let me know how this bone scan goes. I was ordered to have one last month- but I did not go and the reason I didn't is b/c my GI looked at cat scan results and told me it was severe inflammation in my tail bone and pelvis what ever that means.
Good luck!!

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   Posted 12/17/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My pain doc does painkillers, epidural injections, medications that help the pain killers, various physical therapies, & PT devices. Best move I ever made!

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