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   Posted 4/28/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I am currently going to one of the major university hospitals in Chicago, I have been seeing a pain mangement Dr.there for just about 4 years. Things at first were going ok, and we (me and the Dr.) were adjusting meds as needed and even trying a newer meds as my symptoms changed, from time to time we made adjustments as needed. Now at my last office visit I was told that I am on too many medications and increasing the dosage is not going to happen, also that I should consider seeing a surgeon. Yes I do agree that it's in my best interest to use less not more, given that I do understand, but I feel the Dr. has given up on me. I have always suggested trying new treatments or medicatons to replace the narcotic mix I am taking now, I know there are other treatments or medications out there that we have not even came close to running out of things to try. I have made it a point to suggest fixing the cause of my ills, not treating the symptoms, I feel abandoned at this juncture. I have started to make arrangements to see another Dr. this morning. So what is going on with the Dr. I am seeing now, am I just to complicated of a paitiant or unprofitable because I am on medicaid? it is plastered everywhere on my paperwork, Also my GI Dr. seems to be doing the same as he refused to see me while I stressed I was having serious issues with the crohn's and my treatment, I had to wait 1 week till he will see me, I go tuesday. to the GI Dr. and a follow up for the pain management Dr. next month, any advice?

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 4/28/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   

just to expand on what gramps said, it could also be another threatened "purge" by this administration's "war on drugs:" we can't beat them at the borders (might upset the Mexican President) or on the streets (they donate too much money to our campaigns(, so we'll attack legitimate drs and helpless CP patients and tell the gullible people in this country that we arrested and prosecuted 15 medical doctors drug pushers.

am i cynical? darned straight.

good luck in finding a "mench" [MAN] of a pmdoc who can and will stand up for his/her patients.

best of luck.

That light at the end of he tunnel?  It's an on-coming train.

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   Posted 4/28/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Crohnie1985,
It is so tiring and frustrating to be at the point you are. I know as I am too. I also have Crohn's(27 years) and CP and am really struggling right now. My GI says I have IBS in addition to the Crohn's and has pretty much given up on me. I don't believe I have IBS. So I am seeing a new GI next week. I have seen 4 different PM doctors in the last 7 years and they don't seem to know what to do with me either. It's seems to be a constant battle to get them to figure out what is wrong as opposed to just treating the symptoms.
But what else can we do. I still want a quality of life and will keep fighting to get it. I hope you can do the same by continuing to seek out other doctors who will do what they are suppose to do and help us. Good luck and keep fighting the fight!

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Crohnie, I live in the same area as you do and If you are really in need of a good physician, I can refer you to one or two to try and get in to. When you first try and get back out there to find a new PM doc, it can be very, very trying. Otherwise, I really hope your seach goes well.

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