Posted 1/12/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -6)
Well, I've been seeing a doctor here in town for about six months now. After firing my previous doctor who told me he was taking me off of narcotic pain meds when I questioned the amount he was prescribing me. He told me that if I was questioning the amount of medication then I didn't need to be on it. (He had me on MS Contin 30g three times a day, Percocet 5/325 4 a day, and Oxycodone 10mg 4 a day) I was worried about the fact that I felt like I was walking around in a daze, and was constantly forgetting things....
Anyways... the point is I realized yesterday just how lucky I am to have the doctor I do now. I explained to her what happened with my first doctor on my first visit and she said that I was right to have gotten away from him. She also didn't do what I expected which was to send me to a pain doctor right away and make me deal until I got in to see him. She had no problem giving me the Percocets, muscle relaxer and even put me on amitriptylene which has helped immensely. I would go in and see her every month, she'd ask me about my pain, make sure I had enough medication to last, and it was working well enough. She referred me to a pain doctor who only did shots - that didn't work.. and when I went back in had no problems with helping me again. She also told me that if the new pain doctor isn't helpful to just let her know and she'll continue my pain treatment, or find another pain specialist.
Well, about two weeks ago, I started noticing my day to day pain rising. Instead of taking 1 maybe two perc's a day I was taking all three. I figured it was from the weather front that moved through, until after the front had passed I was still getting worse. Wednesday night I was in so much pain even using my walker to get to bed had me in tears and after taking a trip to the bathroom my legs, even with the walker wouldn't support me. I was throwing up, shaking, and getting chills I was hurting so bad. I managed to get some pain meds in - but threw up the water I took with them. But that with some sleeping meds managed to get me to sleep a bit. (My doctor has already told me it's okay to take the sleeping meds if I can't sleep, but only take half). Wednesday night my husband was on the verge of calling 911 it was so bad. Well Thursday was another very very bad day. Except due to my diet restriction from my gastric bypass nothing I was allowed to eat or drink helped me keep the pills in. I went through 4 pills trying to get them to stay down. Finally I had potato's and they kept it down (pre-surgery if I was throwing up it was the only thing that would hold a pill in). It worked... but I called and my doctor's nurse said even though she was booked to come in and she'd get me in.
I went in - had to wait about an hour to get seen (unheard of for my doctor) but when I was seen my doctor - she knew right away I was in bad shape. Without asking me anything. She asked what was going on - I told her, and she actually apologized for me being in so much pain. She did a quick exam - because along the area where I get the nerve pain in my left leg had started going numb and tingly all the time - then told me what she was going to do - she said she could see the muscles in my lower back spasming - she didn't even have to touch me to see it. She also said my nerves were in bad shape based on the exam - she said that there were times she was touching my leg that I wasn't aware of it... and at times she was poking me with a sharp end and I thought it was soft. So she gave me a pain shot, muscle relaxer shot, and a anti-inflammatory shot. She also put me back on the MS Contin. My blood pressure was at 150/100 when I went in, and she had a nurse sit with me the whole time, monitoring my BP - as the shots worked the BP went back down to 120/90 still high for me, I'm usually at 110/80 - but better. She also gave me a piece of paper to use if I ever get that bad again to take with me to the ER stating I'm under her care and have pain that at times is uncontrolled, and to call her at home if necessary to treat my pain.
I just wanted to post that there are doctors out there who care! I know after being treated so poorly by the previous doctor I'm amazed at this one's compassion! She looked genuinely concerned I was in so much pain, and took the time to squeeze me in against her schedule - and gave up her lunch break to help take care of me. I know that so often we only read about the crappy doctors, so I wanted to post that there are some good ones left. To keep searching till you find a good one.