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colabear2890
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   Posted 1/21/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
my doctor had talked to me about maybe going to a pain center. what exactly is one? do they give you the meds there?

my doctor also said if i went on meds for the pain, i would have to be monitored by a psychiatrist. do you go to one in addition to the pain center?

also, do you have a rheumatologist in addition to the pain center or do you usually go to one there?

sorry for all of the questions.
thanks so much

-Aliza
"never regret something that made you smile"


K9
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   Posted 1/21/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been referred to a "Pain Clinic" in a local hospital. The waitlist is about 6 months or up to a year long, though. I kind of have the same question - what do they do there?

My dr. referred me to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and prescribed meds.
I have Fibromyalgia, and nothing else!
I take Lyrica 225 mg/day and Tramadol (150mg time-released)


colabear2890
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   Posted 1/21/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks. i already have a rheumatologist, but i will need a new one soon (in about 2 years), since then i'll be 21, and i'll need an adult one. she also thinks i should get an adult one soon, since she mostly does arthritis and doesn't know so much about fibro and an adult one probably has more fibro cases then a pediatric one does.

-Aliza
"never regret something that made you smile"


telula68
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   Posted 1/21/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I go to a pain clinic and they don't really do anything for me. they give me pain meds but I have to take random urine tests. I feel like a criminal when I go. Maybe you will have a better time of it.

There have been times when I have waited in the little room for over an hour and still didn't leave there til 2 hours after I got there.

Don't let my experience kill it for you. Try it because they may be able to help you.

JCgurl
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   Posted 1/21/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have decided that I am going to find a Pain Specialist instead of go to my rheumy, my rheumy doesn't know much at all about Fibro (though she would never admit it like yours did). I have an appt with the rheumy tomorrow, which hopefully will be my last one with her.. and I am only going because I need to ask her about me getting tested for Sjogren's Syndrome.
 
Idk what to tell you except for try it out. And PLEASE let me know how it goes because I am kind of stuck in a rut.
 
Take care, good luck :-)
 
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colabear2890
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   Posted 1/21/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks. it took my rheumy almost 8 years to admit it.
i'll definitely keep you updated and let you know. the pain centers sound interesting to try and i would like to, but now i just have to convince my parents to let me do it. if i did, i would go to one in philly, which is like an hour from my college, but like a few hours from my house. my parents want me to go somewhere close to my house, but it's easier for me to get to philly, and i would like to go to the doctor without my parents there.

sorry to go on like this, but i just needed to get it out, i just fought with my mom about it (on the phone) cause this doctor i saw (a pain specialist), but i can't keep seeing him cause he's moving to seattle to become the head of the pain center there. anyways, so he said that most of the children/teens he saw with fibro were able to get rid of their fibro permanently with just some exercise. ive had fibro for so long, i have trouble believing this, but my mom is convinced that this is true. but it's hard for me to exercise so much cause it hurts and it doesn't seem worth it to me for the pain to be worse for like 6 months before it gets better. i try to walk with a friend at school, but that's all i do really. it just seems impossible for me for it to go away totally on it's own.
thanks. i actually feel better now!!

-Aliza
"never regret something that made you smile"


Sue2z
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   Posted 1/21/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   

I am lucky as I see a pain spec who specialises in rheumy  so I get two in one. I see a phyc also but just because doc wants me  The first pain spec and first rheumy I saw were not even interested but for a rheumy to send you away saying they dont treat fibro puts doubt in my mind.  I think a pain spec is better I was put on proper meds but that is just me and the way it worked out.


Fibromyalgia, ulcerative colonitus, arthritus, bi-polar
norspan patch, valium, prothiedon, lyrica

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