Wow, it sure doesn't sound very encouraging that you're getting good medical care. There are many doctors who are just afraid to do the right thing and prescribe what you need. I'm not advocating dumping jars of pills down everyone who's in pain. But if you need some pain relief then he should at least discuss it thoroughly and offer you something. Giving you unclear directions to take Pepsid and tons of advil is NOT compassionate medical care. IMHO it's a chicken way to care for patients. There are a lot of good types of pain medication and it's not like you were begging for narcotics. Sorry, but so many of these doctors frustrate the dickens out of me over pain relief. They have no idea what it's like to live in this kind of misery.
When you do get into the rheumatologist I would suggest that YOU interview him instead of the other way around. You are the one hiring the doctor. Ask what his philosophy is on pain management. If it doesn't agree with yours that thank him and interview another one. No different that getting bids on building a house or installing a new garage. You are the one in charge but the doctors often forget it.
One last thing I would suggest. Keep a pain journal starting today and for several months. It's quick and easy each day. Here's a link to a free pain journal page to download. Just print a page for each day and fill it out. www.painfoundation.org/learn/publications/files/TargetDailyLog.pdf
I usually did mine at the end of the day. Then when you've accumulated a stack of pages make sure to take them along with you to any and all doctor appointments. Take them every time you go back to the doctor also. During your appointment had the journal pages to your doctor and ask him to look over them while you wait. Don't let him brush you off. A pain journal not only shows the doctor what your pain is like day to day and even hour to hour but he will see that you are very serious about
getting some help with pain management since you've take the time to record it every day. This has worked for many people who are not being treated with respect.
Keep in touch and we'll be here for you always!
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