CaMama, Thanks for responding. I did go see a Rheumatolist for the first time this past week. and in answer to some of your questions. My Family Dr is very young and new, and I am new in town as well. I have only been going to Ortho Drs when the pain became so overwhelming and I needed another joint replaced. The reason it took me so long to go to a Rheumy is because ( and this sounds stupid & silly) but I thought a rheumy was just for RA. None of my docs over the years have ever even suggested it. My family Dr is very young and new as an MD, he seemed offended when I told him I was going to a Ortho Dr for the pain in both rotator cuffs recently, and gave me a shot of cortizone on his own.(didn't work) I did go to a Ortho, and of course now I am scheduled for 1st surgery on the 13th of Nov, for yet another degenerated joint, My family Dr just looked at me when I told him about
the jaw and both rotator cuffs hurting and popping, and asked me if I had ever been to a phsyc dr and if he had ever diagnosed me with a "Personality Disorder"??? what that has to do with pain I am not sure, but of course I told him I had been for counseling way back in '90's and was diagnosed with DEPRESSION because of pain. and thats why I was taking prozac 80 mgs. (duh)
Now I am pleased with the Rheumy I went to, as he made me feel human and not crazy. He said NO ONE should live with the pain, and even though there was no medicine to cure or treat me, like he could if I had RA, I would be more comfortable on pain meds and gave me PLENTY of Vicadin without making me feel like a drug addict that was asking for pain meds. He gave me a referral to an excellent Pain Management MD and I AM GOING TO GO TO HER! I am sick of Doctors, but I am sicker of the pain.
Do I get enough sleep? Oh heck NO. I have had insomnia for so many years! the family Dr gave me Benadryl to help sleep. (not working) I was in the hospital for 4 months last year for a hip replacement revision and infection and was given Ambien, but my insurance won't cover that now(medicare).(I sit on computer most nights and play games). years ago I was taking Clonazapam for the anxiety. but I have not brought myself to go see a Phsyc Dr since moving, for that medicine (too many Drs already) I have severe Muscle spasms that start at the bottom of my spine and in waves go to the neck. It takes my breath away. BUT again my Dr thinks I just want drugs, or I am crazy. I can not stand long enough to wash the dishes or cook. Hoping the pain management Dr treats me for all of this!
I have also finished all the necessary procedures to have lap band surgery to take some weight off my joints. waiting for insurance to approve it.
TMJ thing. No I don't have a night guard. It mostly just bothers me when I chew or talk. It pops so much. I contacted a maxiofacial Dr. and they wanted my Family Dr to order an MRI of the jaw.(to save me a copay for him to write a prescript
ion) and when I asked him to do that, he got furious and told me he couldn't do that for ANOTHER DR. So I just left that in Limbo for now. I am too overwhelmed to even try to deal with that at the moment.
I know I need to change Drs, But he has all my entire workup papers for my lap band surgery and I need his referral letters for that. So I am stuck for now
What Bilogical drugs can I try? I will try anything that works right about
now. The pain meds have been working, but they make me so sensitive and emotional and even sometimes nervous and mean to my husband.
OK I will stop rambling on and on. I just needed to vent all of this as I have never had someone to talk to, that understood PAIN. I thank God I found this Forum because just reading about
other people with the same thing as me is comforting to know I am not a freak! Even my Rheumy has not had a patient with ALL joints replaced, especially for a 57 yr iold woman
I appreciate all the advice and suggestions I can get here and THANK YOU so much for responding.
I am sure I won't be posting this long of a post again. (sorry) Thanks for listening or reading (ha). sorry if I sound like I am feeling sorry for myself!! I just feel so overwhelmed lately.
God Bless, and hope you have a pain FREE day.
Degernative Joint disease, Depression from pain, Hypertension, Ulcers_____________________________
Prozac 80 mgs, Synthroid, Ultram, Metroprolol, Lipitor, Norvasc, Vicadin, Benadryl (for sleep)__Vitamin D&K
Bilaterla hip replacements, Bilateral knee replacements, Titanium Spine Fusion (L4-5)(4 spine surgeries)Angiogram, Oblation for SVT(supra ventricular tachycardia) Biopsy of left Optic Nerve, left shoulder surgery
The hardest lesson in life to learn...Is which Bridge to cross and which one to burn.