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DonniesGirl
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   Posted 3/2/2010 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a question for others who have gone to a pain clinic.  Did it seem like a normal doctor's office, legitimately run, or did you feel as if you were in a place that at any minute could be shut down??  The pain clinic I visited, along with the nurses, and physician made me feel very uncomfortable, along with about 90% of the clientele.  The facility itself was fine, but there was definitely a feeling that it was just a place to come and get a prescription.  Actually, it was kind of a traumatic experience for me.  And...I have to go back in a month, then every 2 months.  I've finally got the pain meds I've been searching for that make my day's work so much more bearable, but now I feel guilty, or "wrong"...going to this place to get them.  I hope you can understand what I'm trying to say, I feel like I'm rambling.  Just wondering if anyone has faced a similar situation since most doctors aren't willing to offer pain meds for fibro. 
 
Thanks in advance for your response,
Sincerely,
DonniesGirl 
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   Posted 3/3/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
The pain clinic I went to mainly only takes patients that are referred by a primary physician. And it was very legit. Instead of just throwing pain killers my way (which I can't take anyway) they tried to find the root cause of my pain and then refer me to the appropriate doctor. The patients that were there seemed legit as well. You could tell that there were things wrong with them.
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kathydownunder
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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I went too a pain clinic here in Queensland here in Queensland here in Australia. And I would never go back, even my Dcotors would never send me. It would off worked if they had under stood what was wrong with me, they treat all sorts off pain and some stayed but others like me also walked out. One thing I really learnt was never let anyone talk you into talking meds up are allergic too.
I was disappointed in oyther things too, one off there big ones was eating the right foods. Well I was asked if I was a dietionismin [sorry I can't spell too night] in my other life. No I just remember what I learnt in school. Another thing was how to get past the pain] I can not for the life off me think of the word I hate the fog] any how I was able to teach the Doctors something new mine worked better then thers so they decided to try mine. One thing that got too me was the way they acted with me once they learnt I had done training to become a Pastor it was like anything I said after reveling that had more weight too it. i was the same person as before and in some ways I was sorry I had told them. Pain clicics work just not for me.
 
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DMarie
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   Posted 3/3/2010 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I go to a pain management doctor and have been going for almost a year now. I understand what you're saying about how you feel like its shadey and they have ALOT of patients in the waiting room who are all in pain, on disability, etc, etc.... At my first appt with this doctor, one of the patients came out of the back screaming at the nurse, was screaming at the front office ladies and screamed all the way out of the office!! I about fainted right there. He has several offices in the area, so I just switched offices and things are much more calm!!


Remember, pain meds are highly regulated by the FDA. I know my doc and the nurses take pages of notes every time I go see them. I believe this is for their benefit as well as mine IF I needed to file for disability benefits. Why don't you try it for a few months and see if you start to feel better?

Dana

Marlee2
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   Posted 3/3/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have gone to one pain doc that was referred by my primary and it took forever to get in to see him. I sensed right away he didn't believe in fibro and when he made the comment "if you do have fibro" huh??? I had been dxd by his own brother and had it confirmed by a rheumy, I knew I wouldn't  be going back. He wouldn't even talk about pain meds even though part of the reason I went to see him was the terrible pain I have from osteo arthritis in my hands, not fibro. But he sure was pushing me to take cymbalta like he was certain this was all in my head and all I needed was a third anti-depressant.
 
You know if you go to a doc that doesn't ask what other methods you have used for pain and grills you about your pain and how bad it is but writes you a rx for whatever you want I would be suspicious. Especially, if there is a waiting room full of people that don't fit the profile of people in pain.
 
Does your primary know you went to see this doc???
 
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DonniesGirl
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   Posted 3/3/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
This office...even though not at all what I am used to...had me fill out a bunch of paperwork concerning all of my ailments, past pain therapies, medical history, etc. They were very thorough in that sense. Also, I did go there through a referral from my primary care physician. It was just soooooo different. Dana...it sounds like you were in a similar situation. Maybe it was just a shock to my system. :)

Thanks all for your input, I appreciate it! :)
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Rx:  Lyrica 100mg 2x, Prilosec OTC, Paxil, Xanax
 
 
 
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Chutz
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   Posted 3/3/2010 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi DG...

Good to see you again. Haven't chatted in ages. One thing we all should remember is...if you are not comfortable with a new doctor, referral or not, you are free to leave and not return. Especially if you did get the medications that you needed, it would show any doctor from then on that you aren't a drug seeker. If you were you would have stayed there. But if your gut says get out...you might want to listen and give some consideration.

I had an experience similar to Marlee. Was sent to a pain specialist and when he was about 3/4 done with his "exam" I was in tears from pain. It took about 2 weeks to get back to my 'normal' from him slamming and shoving my body around. I was done right then and there. His smart alec comment was...there's no need for tears. I was going to offer up some pain so he could see what tears were all about but I wasn't about to lower myself to his slimy existence. He also wasn't some who felt fibro was much more than something in your head.

We live in enough misery, don't need any more.
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