Mochiah, the journal kept be from looking like a bumbling idiot! With the brain fog I have some days whether it be from the pain or the meds or just me getting old
I could not for the life of me remember what I wanted to tell him of course until I was out of the office and back to the car!
I know for a fact as well alot of Docs take your bumbling and thinking for pondering his question re:pain as maybe half truths or they look at you like your maybe exaggerating the numbers a bit?
With the journal in hand I could actuall go in there and look like I meant business.
My Attorney's also submitted it the ALJ at my hearing and he looked it for quite awhile.
D.R, I got the impression this was a new relationship with you and I assumed this is where your reluctance was in asking for more meds, rule number one with Docs if at all possible you have to let them think the med increase is THEIR idea! So at times you just have to use certain tactics to get what they want you to have. Hehe!
As for the thing that blocks pain,it would be nice wouldnt it? He most likely is referring to a TENS unit and alot of spineys have them but alot dont find they do much either except cost money out of pocket for alot of folks.
As for the adjustments? Be extremely careful here and I mean extremely. Make sure whatever adjustments they are doing and that who is doing them are aware of your diagnosis and even then I would be reluctant. Adjusting pines that already have degenerative damage can and quite often does cause disks to bulge,nerves to be infringed upon by collapsing disks and if you dont have sciatica? Then you darn sure dont want it!
Not that C.O.s cant be of some help some of the time,they are not medical Docs therefore their knowledge of diseases and conditions are not as extensive as a PHD. They know their bones but pathology and physiology just are not being learning tools in those schools they go to.
I dont know what kind of bed you have but this might also be something you can look into help with your sleeping at night better. I know when I got my memory foam bed it made a 50 percent difference in my sleeping comfortably. Before that I usually slept sitting in the recliner and have not done so since buying the mattress. They have come down considerably since I got mine and are not so outrageous. I would not let mine go for nothing. Some folks tend to do better with a good firm ortho p's bed but I cant even get out of my daughters in the morning if I sleep in hers!
Each to his own and we all have to find those things that work for us.
I certainly am glad that you finally found a Doc that to some extent was willing to work with you and hope that you continue to build a good relationship with him.