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Melissa D.
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 1/22/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
 
Well, my GP placed a request for me to be seen by the local pain clinic back in November, they called me in early December I think to get a bit of info and told me not to get my hopes up that the docs weren't taking to many new patients, but the nurse would place my file in for review and it would probably be Spring before I heard anything. I thought, my goodness that is simply crazy, I mean, "hello, pain clinic= people needing help, can't they speed things up?" but I didn't say anything.
 
Well, to my surprise I received a call from the clinic today advising the doctor has accepted my case if I am still interested! Am I still interested...uhhhh...YES! My appointment is not until March 10th, but it's at least within sight, so I am excited to get that under way.
 
I have never been to a pain doctor, so I have no clue what to expect. My reasoning for applying is that I currently take 6 to 8 Norco a day, my GP thought that was way too many, especially given the state of my GI tract which is not the best. I am hoping they can give me something that will bypass the GI tract, possibly a pain pump or something I guess is what I am hoping for.
 
If anyone has any experience or input I would appreciate the info.
 
Thanks,
 
Melissa
Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
Plaquenil, Imuran, Prednisone, Synthroid, Topomax, Effexor, Norco, Prilsec, Xanex, Elidel, Restasis


puccini914
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 363
   Posted 1/23/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I live up in the mountains of NW GA, the closest pain clininc is an hour away. I called and the nurse told they wouldn't even see me since I don't have insurance. I couldn't even pay cash for the appointment. My DH was furious and couldn't believe they were allowed that kind of practice. Anyway, best of luck to you and let us know how it goes.

Jennifer

PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


Melissa D.
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 342
   Posted 1/23/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Jennifer,

I am so sorry to hear that! Since when in the American dollar not accepted? That is just ridiculous! I was amazed at the process to get accepted, so I guess I'm not too surprised. I just can't imagine that people that are in so much pain can be treated this way and are put off for so long!

I know you have been suffering so much lately. I hope you got some relief from the prednisone burst.

Melissa
Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
Plaquenil, Imuran, Prednisone, Synthroid, Topomax, Effexor, Norco, Prilsec, Xanex, Elidel, Restasis


PattyLatty
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   Posted 1/23/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
That's good news Melissa. We had a chronic pain specialist in our town until he had to close his clinic because of the economy, but he was fabulous. He is an internal medicine doctor but also uses alternative medicine such as cold lazer treatments (which took care of my sciatica), accupuncture (which stopped a migraine mid-stream) and other kinds of treatments. I'll be anxious to know what your doctor suggests for you. I have heard of biofeedback but don't have any experience with you. We should all know more about pain management since we all suffer from chronic pain.

Let us know how it goes.

Pat
SLE, osteoarthritis, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis, gluten intolerance.

prednisone, plaquenil, arava, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, tri-est, imitrex (for rare migraines), cymbalta, tricor, acifex, multivitamin, calcium w vit D, fish oil, aspirin


Melissa D.
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 342
   Posted 1/23/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Pat, I'm looking forward to my first appt. I suffer quite often from migraines, what you've written about accupunture is great, I hope this doc offers that as well. I've never tried it, but have always been curious and wanted to try it.

I have heard of biofeedback as well, but know nothing about it either. Seems there are a lot of options out there that could possibly help those of us with chronic pain. I am for anything that helps and does not require popping more pills.

I will certainly keep you all posted.

Melissa
Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
Plaquenil, Imuran, Prednisone, Synthroid, Topomax, Effexor, Norco, Prilsec, Xanex, Elidel, Restasis

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