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   Posted 4/3/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
OK this is my issue I have had back pain since 2000. I have been diagnosed with a slipped disc in lumbar and bulging disc in cerival spine, narrowing C4-C6? also have degenerative disc disease in both cervical and Lumbar. I have been in constant pain for about a year now. No one wants to give me pain meds. Should I see a pain med doc? I take skelatin and ultram 4 times a day and I get absolutly no relief. any advice would be great also any advice on how to talk to my docs about pain.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/4/2008 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Kasey,
  After being a patient at a pain clinic with the same dr. for over a decade my little bit of advice is this, go to a pain clinic, find a dr. that you not only like but that you can talk to and feel like he or she believes you. This could take some time, building up a trust with anyone takes some time. If you do not like the first dr. ask to see someone else. Keep trying because the dr./patient relationship is so very important. Be honest. Thats a good thing in all parts of your life but definitely when it comes down to your dr. When your dr.s ask you about your pain level be honest. I go monthly and I've finally figured out that if I gauge my pain levels on average over the last month it is more definitive. I mean after all if your at your dr.s and have to wait your pain level is bound to be higher than on a normal day of your month right? Also it is hard for your dr. to feel like your being truthfull if your pain level is always up there in the 9s and 10s every time you come in, inspite of them raising your meds everytime.
I've been lucky with my dr. in that over the years she has got to know and trust me when I walk in her office. Now I feel free to suggest what I feel will be of the most benefit and she is open to that.
Not sure if it was this thread or not but someone mentioned getting a buzz off your meds.I've never had that happen and I'm not looking for that either but someone else always is. If your getting a buzz off of your meds your taking too much or the wrong kind and that won't help you in the long run.
I just want to share one more thing about pain clinics. When I first went to the PC I had to fill out a lot of forms and sign a lot of promises, which I happily did, but one thing that I read was a bit startling. It said that I must realize that from this point on I would be addicted to drugs. I thought about that for a while and then decided I would rather be addicted to legal medications that are helping me than being addicted to pain.
Good luck in your future dealings with your dr.s Kasey and I hope something I've said helps you even just a little. 
                     yeah toritoo
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