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Piercings
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   Posted 8/19/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,

I've been lurking the boards here for a couple of weeks and have liked what I've seen. You all seem to actually practice what you preach regarding being a family here.

During the couple of weeks I've been lurking I've been waiting for an appt with the doc the first dx'd me as being Fibro. For the most part I've been pretty healthy. No major ailments other than some arthritic changes in the lower spine and hips.

My nerves are on end due to a recent incident with a surgeon. I recently (middle of June) had to have an emergency appendectomy. My belly pain had been so bad I had no idea what to do. Went to the ER and they couldn't find anything other than an elevated white count. When I went for the er followup with my regular doc they at that time told me that the reason for the level of extreme pain was because the appendix had already ruptured. They hospitalized me that night and cleaned me out. Then kept me for a about a week so that they could pump antibiotics via IV. about a month after the surgery I had an abscess in the backside of the incision that was slightly smaller than a tennis ball. They again opened me and cleaned me out.

Since the 1st surgery that whole section of my abdomen has been tender. All along I've complained of this to the surgeon on the followup visits. It has been sometimes to the point where even the pressure of my clothes while sitting down has been enough to drive me batty. The surgeon decided that I had been on any sort of pain meds for too long now (since the 1st surgery) and has prescribed neurontin. He pushed me from 300mg to 900 mg per day within a 4 day span. They have done absolutely nothing for the pain in that area. When I asked him whether it could be that I'm still senstive due to the Fibro he looked at me like I had 3 heads and said that "that kind of thing should have nothing to do with this." To boot, I believe the surgery sent me into a flare. Ever since I have been extremely sore in a lot of areas again. It's kinda like when it's winter and I hurt all the time.

I'm nervous about the meeting with the doc that originally diagnosed me since as I said earlier I haven't seen him since he originally diagnosed me approx a 18 months ago, and I'm at the point where I'm ready to ask to be put back onto a pain medication regimen. At the time that he diagnosed me I was also seeing a rheumatologist who is no longer is available. The Rheumy had had me on long release meds with a script for breakthrough. When he was no longer here it was becoming spring and I was hurting less, so I wasn't in as much need of higher medication than OTC.

I know that I'm probably somewhat oversensitive due to the years of "it's all in your head" behavior, but I'm feeling really awkward about walking into this doc's office tomorrow and saying that I want him to write me for opiates. I'm more than willing to go into pain management, or anything else that I need to, to make this happen. But I'm at the point where something's gotta give. I'm in borderline tears all the time and I'm just grateful that my bosses at work are the understanding people that they are.

Really all I'm looking for is a pat on the head and to be told that no, it's fine to be nervous about this and some reassurance that this is not an unreasonable request that I'm wanting to make of him.

And...btw...thank you all for listening/reading. Sorry I dragged it all out and showed it all off, but I felt that just walking in and saying in a forum...."I wanna know how to make my doc give me drugs" was inappropriate. lol

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   Posted 8/19/2008 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Piercings,

There seems to be a fear of this going around lately. All we want is what we need to be able to function. Yet we feel guilty to ask for it because we don't want it to look like we are seeking drugs. To me this is so sad. Because we wouldn't be asking for drugs if we didn't have pain. But the truth is the doctors are scared to write prescriptions for narcotics anymore. I don't understand it. Everybody wants us to go to pain clinics. But that is another topic.

I honestly don't know how I would go about asking for pain medications. Maybe just tell the doctor what your pain is on a painscale, let them know how frequently you are experiencing the pain. If it is 24/7, tell them that. Sometimes we seem to minumize our pain for some reason when we are in the doctor's office, that one I don't understand either, and I do the same thing. We have to be assertive and tell them, yes I am in pain, severe chronic pain.

Good luck at your doctor's visit, let us know how it goes on.

Hugs, Karen
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Piercings
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   Posted 8/19/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the reply, and yes, just knowing that there are others that are as afraid of this situation as I am, helps. You are totally right in that we don't speak up often enough and we do have a tendency to minimize. The one thing that I try to keep in mind about this appt tomorrow is that this is the doctor that first diagnosed me. That this was the first person that truly seemed to hear what I was saying without my having to shout it. The nervousness is making me anxious and weirded out so....but for the grace of Ambien go I for tonight. lol

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   Posted 8/20/2008 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Piercings and welcome-

You have been through the mill this summer! My gosh!

Good luck with your Dr. appt. today and try not to be too nervous about it. Your seeing your Dr. because the pain is out of control- your not there to just have a nice chat. You need some relief!

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papasgirl
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   Posted 8/20/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
hi there
 
 First i want to say welcome to healingwell and im glad u decided to join. I can totally relate to your problem. Last year i had emergency surgery and i was in the hospital for a week and it put my fibro into a major flare. After i got out i went to my dr for pain controll and she was not very willing to help me. After awhile i took a friend of mine with me to speak in my behalf on how she has known me for along time and we work together and she could see how my pain was effecting me. She also called out the dr on a couple things because she doesnt seem to be totally convinced that fibro exsists. Well after my friend got done telling her what she thought about the whole thing the dr gave me pain meds and scheduled an mri which told me that i had other problems than just the fibro which is also what i had been trying to tell that dr. My suggestion to you is to take someone with you that would be willing to speak for you if u cant or dont feel like you can even if the person just sits there it can work wonders. Dont let the drs bully you because your the one who pays there salary and they are supposed to be there to listen. :-) Let us know how it goes and i wish you lots of luck tongue smurf     have a good day   blush smilewinkgrin   papasgirl
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Marlee2
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   Posted 8/20/2008 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Piercings and welcome to our Fingertip family. Your right we are family. There goes that song in my head again. tongue
 
Wow, you have had a bad summer. I've been through the ruptured appendix thing way back in my early 20s wasn't fun. I'm sure that did send you into a fibro flare. I also believe from personal experience that fibro loves any weak area of our bodies. It really hasn't been that long and as many times as they opened you up I can see where you would still be tender. It takes time for you to heal inside and out.
 
Okay about the narcotics, I personally only take tramadol and tylenol for pain and use my TENS unit that is my choice and don't want to go to narcotics at this time. However, if you feel you really need them don't go to your doc feeling guilty to begin with. Keep a pain journal and write down where your having pain and when and to what degree and what the pain is keeping you from doing in your life. If you needed thyroid medication, insulin or blood pressure med you wouldn't feel guilty asking for it, right??? You know there use to be a stigma attached to taking anti-depressants and meds for any mental health problem and that is so far gone now cause there are so many people on these meds it's become a common thing in this country. We have to do, what we have to do to be comfy and be able to function with this DD. I take xanax, there are a lot of people hooked on xanax but it sure doesn't stop me from taking them cause I need them. I'm not addicted but I depend on them.
 
I'm glad you have been reading post and getting to know us.
 
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Piercings
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   Posted 8/20/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Again, thank you all for the replies. It's nice to know that yes, there are people that are in the same boat with the same fears. I am grateful for the advice on how to talk to him in the sense of explaining what it is that this has taken from me. Like the fact that I've been having to have my bf hook and unhook my bra cause the shoulder doesn't wanna move. The fact that I've been sleeping any time that I'm not at work because I want to escape the pain - which really doesn't help the relationship situation. Etc, etc.

Thankfully the doc I'm going to see today is the one that originally diagnosed me and I think it will be a more positive thing. I am going to be honest with him about the fact that the surgeon decided that I should be healed already, and that I don't think I am. I think the fact that I'm willing to go into pain management if asked is also something that will show that I'm genuinely asking for help and not a high.

Like I said earlier, I think I'm working myself up for something that's not gonna be nearly as drastic as it is in my head. But lets face it, there's a lot of those out there that have screwed it up for those of us that actually use (instead of abuse) our pain meds. The only thing that makes me still nervous is that I know one person that was/is a pain med abuser and she went to this same doctor and he flat out told her that he didn't think that she needed to be on pain meds and refused to see her again. Aargh. I'm gonna make myself nuts with this till it's over. lol.

And yes, I promise to report back my experiences today whether they be good or bad. I'm sure that with hearing me work myself up about this you're gonna want to know what happened.

Sherrine
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Piercings, and welcome to the fibromyalgia forum.  I'm so glad you joined us.  We do have a lot of newbies and that's wonderful.
 
I'm probably too late with a response to your question but, just in case...I never suggest that anyone ask their doctor for pain medication.  That sends red flags up for them.  I suggest that you tell the doctor the pain you are having, on a scale of 1-10, and how it prevents you from quality of life.  Tell them you need suggestions to help you manage the pain.  Then it puts the ball in their court.  I did this with my doctor because I felt I needed something for breakthrough pain and he wrote me a script for Vicodin.  I hope you do get some relief.
 
I had major surgery after developing fibro and I healed with a keloidal scar.  It bothered me for years.  Is your pain where the incision is?  If so, it could be the scarring and fibro causing the problem.  If it turns out that is the case, probably once the incision is really totally healed the discomfort will ease too.
 
Ahhh, the bra....I hook my bra in the front of me, spin it around and lift it up.  I, too, can't reach in the back of me.  This is pretty easy to do. 
 
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread.  It's the second thread at the top of the forum.  There is some good information there.
 
Good luck today at your doctor's appointment.  I hope to hear more from you soon!
 
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Piercings
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   Posted 8/20/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I was able to hook and unhook myself 3 months ago before the surgery, which is another reason why it is that I think that I'm a flare. The girls are a bit big to be doing the hook in front and spin it around routine. I'm not necessarily gonna mention a cup size but there is no walking into a store and buying one of the rack. If I were to do the spin it around thing I'd probably end up giving myself a black eye and taking out a cat.

Pain meds are not the only thing that I intended to ask him for while I was in there. I want to go back to physical therapy and see if I can get more of my flexibility back. Such as being able to put on ALL my clothes by myself. Admittedly it's nice to have someone undress you, but it's another thing when you have to have them undress you. But yes, just asking for pain meds alone I'm sure would set off some red flags.

The weird part about the pain from surgery is that it's not right at the incision. Just before they had to open me the second time the pain wasn't where I thought it should be. It was actually at the bottom of the belly instead of on my right side where they went in. The CT they ran before opening me up the second time showed that the abscess was right behind the incision, but the pain was dead center from left to right and halfway between the naughty bits and the bellybutton. Even after the surgery it has continued. Some days it's better, some days it's worse. Which is why it is that I'm suspecting that it's moreso fibro related.

The appt isn't til this afternoon. I deliberately scheduled it late in the day as I'm going to be headed for work after I'm done.

kelly71
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   Posted 8/20/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Piercings,
 
I know I said hello to you in another thread I babbled through, but I thought I'd say "hi" again.  So, hey! LOL wink
If you've been lurking, you probably know that over the last week there has been a lot of discussion about pain management (narcotics vs other drugs and how some people need more pain meds than others).  I feel like I am repeating myself for the 100th time-but I don't care, LOL.  Everyone's pain is different and only YOU know how you feel, so don't dismiss what you feel. shakehead
 
I totally hear you on the continued pain after surgery.  Last year, I broke my leg at work (a stress fracture) and I was told that it should heal within 6 weeks and I'd have no problems.  BTW-I hadn't been dxd with fibro, yet.  Well, I continued having intense pain at the fracture site-long after the bone had healed.  I was sent to 2 different neurologists (one told me that I was fat and just needed to lose weight mad ), and visited an orthopedic surgeon every month-but I was still having really bad pain.  He finally Rxd me Vicodin-and that helped a little but not much.  I was sent to a pain doc who Rxd a really low dose of Neurontin and Lidocaine patches.  BTW-during all this time, I was out on Workman's Comp.
 
So, while I was away from work, I decided to see my personal GP and explained to him about the leg and my other symptoms that sounded like fibro.  Also, I found out that my sister had just been dxd with fibro.  I had some bloodwork, done and it pointed to lupus-which I may or may not have (I'm still in limbo).  He sent me to a rheumy who told me (and I quote), "You have one of the worst cases of fibro that I've ever seen!"  I know it sounds crazy, but I was so happy to have some sort of answer to this mystery I had been trying to solve since I was 15 years old. cry
 
Oh, I totally can relate to the bra thing, too.  I have to buy the ones that hook in the front, because they are the only ones that give me any support.  I won't mention cup size either, but I'll just say that if I walked around without a bra, I could seriously injure someone or myself. tongue   BTW-why can't they make pretty bras for the big chested women?
 
Alrighty, I guess I should shut up now.  I am the #1 babbler of the family, and sometimes I just can't stop talking. blush   Anyway, welcome and I really hope you feel better, soon. :-)
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
 
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Piercings
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   Posted 8/20/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Kelly, you're so totally right about them not making pretty bras in these sizes. For years I have complained that they're only made out of industrial strength spandex and bridge cable. And that if I were to ever pop a strap someone surely would end up impaled - or lose an eye at bare minimum.

And thank you to all of you that has answered and supported and advised. I'm getting down to about 2 hours before time to go in and I'm grateful for all the responses that I've gotten. My bf has been reading over my shoulder occasionally since I registered last night and made my first post. He's happy to see that other people are telling me the same things as he's been. Even though he's annoyed that I seemed to listen to all here instead of to him. But he loves me and will always be trying to look out for my best interests...shhh.....he's a little biased about me. blush

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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Piercings- I'll bet you are at the doc now and I'll bet again that you are doing just fine! You know what you need, and now you know how to approach the doc. I was worrying about the exact same thing about 2 weeks ago and I now have the courage to go deal with my less than warm and fuzzy GP. I mostly wanted to say that WOW its amazing how many of us kicked off an eventual DX of FMS with an emergency appendectomy. The way you discussed your pain not being at the original wound site is familiar, too. I have been reading about "referred pain", and it could be that you are experiencing this in your abdomen. Another thing you may consider is something I experienced with my hysterectomy and cesearean [sp] was abdominal nerves were bothered by stitches or staples and would jolt me like a zing of electricity. It would literally take my breath away after I screeched outloud when it would hit. BAD pain! Maybe we should do a poll on if an appendectomy was the surgical beginning of others' DX of FMS.
Peace! And good luck with the doc, and I hope and pray that you receive from him just what you need without any more stress.
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Piercings
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   Posted 8/20/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I have good news. I got the relief that I was looking for. The doc looked at my history of what my winter regimen was for pain meds and agreed that yes, I probably am in a flare due to the trauma to the body with surgeries. He agreed to give me the referral for the PT that I was asking for since I've lost some mobility in my right shoulder and in the hips. He agreed to get me in touch with a PM doc, and provided a referral, and put me back to what I was for winter which is 20 mg oxycontin 2Xday and up to 3 of the 5 mg percocets per day for breakthrough.

I am so relieved. And I'm so happy that I can call for the phys therapy appt as early as tomorrow. It's already something that is approved via my insurance for this.


To have my suspicions about being in flare confirmed, by itself, was a huge relief. To have someone that didn't look at me like I had 3 heads when I said, "I still hurt" was almost indescribable. He even said that it's not surprising that I was still experiencing pain there due to the brain basically still saying that there's still trauma.

With going back onto pain meds I am looking forward to at least having a good night at work tonight. I'm not gonna be fighting to make it all the way though my shift. It's still not going to be 100% of pain relief, but at least I will be able to move again and not cry and take ambien too often so that I can sleep to escape the pain. And at least I'll have more productive hours again.

Again, thank you everyone that responded. I truly do appreciate the help and the advice that I got. It was a nice reassurance to know that there are people as scared and nervous as I was. And please, I hope that my good results from today's visit serve as hope for someone else that's nervous/scared about having to bring this issue up with any provider. I flatly laid it out on the table that I wanted the PT for the loss of mobility, a pain management doc cause I doubted that he'd be willing to write scripts for me on a monthly basis, and some sort of pain relief. He flat out asked me what it was that I wanted for pain while he was looking at the screen with my medication history. I asked if he'd be willing to put me back onto what I had been on for winter, and he was more than willing.

kelly71
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Piercings,
 
OMG-can I have the name of your doctor? shocked   I don't care what state you are in-I'll fly there if I have to.  While I like my GP and rhuemy, I have never had a doctor who just said, "OK" to everything I asked.  I'm on a special county progam/insurance, so it took me 4 (yes, FOUR) months to get a PT appointment (I go tomorrow, too-and I love it cause I do really think it helps).
 
I hope you realize how truly blessed you really are to have found this doctor.  I still want his name... smilewinkgrin
FINALLY dxd on 06/13/08
Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
Chantix to try to quit smoking (started 08/20/08)
 
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   Posted 8/20/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi piercings! I just wanted to welcome you to the boards. You really have found a great place to be for support, information and sharing. I am so glad that your appointment went well! Can I have the name of your doctor too? lol. Mine won't even let me try the malic acid/magnesium combo until he checks out my vitamin levels, but he sure is taking his sweet time about it! Looking forward to hearing more from you.
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Don't know what's wrong, can't fix it, doctors are so sloooow!!!


Piercings
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   Posted 8/20/2008 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Kelly & mamanan if you two seriously want information on how to contact him I'm more than willing to provide it to you. I'd say pm me but I don't really see how to do so here. Either I'm missing it or my status is too new to be able to pm (I know some forums do that). I am just hesitant to throw his name out into a public space.

Originally one of the reasons why it was that I was nervous was that this man was the same one that denied any sort of pain meds and refused to ever see again a woman that I know who abuses (very badly abuses) her pain medications. I was afraid that I'd hear the same thing that he told her. But apparently my very blunt and straightforward personality came across as genuine. I believe/suspect the other thing that helped was the fact that it was not only pain meds that I was trying to get, and that I was wanting other things (such as the PT) to help myself.

All I know is that I'm at work, I'm almost 2 hours into my shift and I'm not wanting to scream yet. And that makes me very happy. I don't like to miss work cause I like what I do and I adore my bosses - as well as the financial aspect. I'm not wealthy (I don't think any of us here really are) and missing days really cuts into the pocket book.

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   Posted 8/20/2008 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum. I'm so glad you found us. Listen just a thought. Are you sure you are over the abscess point? Sometimes you can have a residual abscess that causes you pain. Do you have a temperature at all. Just a thought, as I have seen this happen time and time again.

So glad the doctor came through for you and gave you the pain meds you needed. God bless you.

Lindaloo
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Piercings
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   Posted 8/20/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Lindaloo. Yes, I've been running a low grade fever still, but I tend to run them when I'm in a flare. The infection question was answered today as well as my other issues. I recently, just a fraction over a week ago, had another CT done. There's nothing showing on it and I just completed another run of antibiotics (Augmentin). Both the surgeon and my GP doc today work through the same healthcare network and the GP took a look at it today as well. So with two different sets of eyes not seeing anything, it was a reassurance. So, I'm feeling pretty confident about the absence of an abscess. Heh. Try saying that 3 times fast.

But seriously, it was something that I had in the back of my mind a couple of weeks ago and that's why I pushed with the surgeon that if he had any doubts that I would be willing to do one more run of the antibiotics. I really hate them and having to take them since I know that unnecessary antibiotics can sometimes hurt more than help. But with the odds of a second abscess being approx 50%, I really didn't want to gamble.

Marlee2
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   Posted 8/21/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so glad you got all you asked for at the doc.
 
I have so much soreness and pain around my ribs I'm so glad I do not have large breast. It causes me pain thinking about it. I wear a bra when I have to and it comes off as soon as I can take it off. I buy them two sizes bigger around than I need and they still bother me. So I do sympathize with all of you with large breast.
 
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   Posted 8/21/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah    I'm doing a happy dance!  yeah  
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/21/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Wanted to welcome you and offer a suggestion. After kidney surgery many years ago I had pain away from the incision on my abdomen. The sensitivity was beyond pain. One thing that helped me was to wear an old fashioned girdle during the day. It seemed to act as armor over the spot and prevent my clothes and movements from sending more pain. Just a thought...
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Speppy
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   Posted 8/21/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Piercings!

I am so happy to hear that everything went so well with your Dr. I have what I used to think was a great rheumy and at my last appt he started in with "you're really too young to be on all these meds, I am not comfortable refilling your vicodin and xanax. I think you should see a psychologist." I see him again on Tuesday and am not looking forward to it. He has been my savior for almost 5 years and now he's decided I shouldn't need pain meds anymore? I use the xanax to sleep (I don't sleep at night at all really) and the vicodin for breakthough/flare pain. Daily I take ultram and advil. But for him to turn on me like that from one appt. to the next was a shock. He has always been such a great doc.
Anyhow, enough about me. LOL! I am happy for you. tongue

HUGS
Speppy

Fibromyalgia since 1995 (dx 1998)
Chronic Fatigue, Migraines, TMJ, Carpal Tunnel, Insomnia, IBS, Neck Injury C5/C6, allergies etc etc etc...
Ultram, Vicodin, Ambien, Zanaflex, Xanax, Advil (and they don't work for me...), Zyrtec-D

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Piercings
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   Posted 8/21/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Speppy I'm so sorry that you're going through that. It was enough to have the surgeon do that, but to have been going to the same doc for that long and then having that happen. I'd be devastated. That's almost worse than suddenly being asked for divorce due to your partner finding someone younger, prettier, thinner, etc.

I will keep you in my thoughts and hope for you to be able to find a new Rheumy that will meet your needs. We all know it can take a while to find someone new to settle with, but remember that you have people here that care and will listen. I found an interesting site that has listings for rheumatologists by city and state so this may help. http://www.rheumatology.org/directory/geo.asp

Sorry if that doesn't come through as a link. I seem to have forgotten how to insert links. Maybe someone will jog my brain?

Take care...

Piercings
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   Posted 8/21/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I almost forgot....Jeannie thank you for the suggestion about the girdle. That idea had never occurred to me.
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