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   Posted 5/12/2008 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok so this is how it is .. im 19yrs old and im 6'6 Tall and i am in a lot of pain in the lower back and knees and sometimes back of my neck and this is all day everyday most days are about a 6 and on occasion i will have a bad day or a few in a row and it is a 8.I Have always had have pain in the back and knees due to curvature of the spine but now after a recent beating by police (lawsuit pending) it has greatly increased in the lower back also two ribs were fractured in this police beating. I went to physical therapy for about 3 months and was given flexeril and ibuprofen (which doesnt even touch my pain) and the physical therapy did not help anything.Now I Have recently received medical insurance and i can afford to see a Primary Care Provider and i have a appointment with my doctor this is my first time seeing him and obviously i am gonna ask him for pain medication.My mother says because of my age this doctor will not want to give me decent pain medication and will want to try other routes but i already have and they do not help at all with my pain. Now my question is how do i get the point across to this new doctor that i am in real pain all the time and sometimes can not even get out of bed without him thinking I am some young drug addict trying to get narcotics out of him? Anyone able to help me with information on what i should say to let him know i am real pain and not looking to "score" drugs. also any ideas what kind of medication will he start me off with and will it be effective for my chronic pain.

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   Posted 5/13/2008 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
First of all, I am very sorry to hear you are in so much pain.  It can be very difficult indeed. 
Be as honest with your doctor as possible.  It is more likely that if you are honest with your history, and describe that you understand he may be reluctant to prescribe pain medication to a new patient, you are however, in a great deal of pain.  He may very well prescribe some vicodin or percocet but not give you a  large quantity.  Make sure you keep all appointments and be open to physical therapy or other modalities he may suggest.
There are other muscle relaxers other than flexeral also, that you may respond to.  Keep an open mind.  He may want to try you on one of those.
After seeing your primary care doctor for a while, if he is not getting good results with controlling your pain, know that he may refer you to a pain specialist or pain clinic.  They specialize in chronic pain and often help people who are like yourself and can't get adequate relief.
But definitely try this new doctor this appointment, be honest and cooperative and place your cards on the table.  Be respectful and develop a relationship with your doctor.  Chances are you will be successful in your quest to overcome your pain and suffering from your condition.
Hope this has helped.

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   Posted 5/13/2008 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lindaloo for your insight i will definitely take your advice into consideration.. Anyone else with something else feel free to add your knowledge

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   Posted 5/13/2008 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jroc88

Sorry to hear your having such a hard time with pain. I know it can be very frustartaing.
Lindaloohas some great advice.
But also I dont think anyone can tell you how to successfully get pain medication out of a doctor. Every doctor is different in how they feel about prescribing stronger pain medications.
All you can do is be 100% honest and hope he will help you.

Good Luck
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   Posted 5/13/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jroc!

Glad you have joined us. One way to get the doc to 'get it' is to keep a pain journal. Each day, several times during the day, write down your pain level, what you were doing at the time, if you took something and if/how it worked, your sleep habit for that night...etc. Then when you go for visits to your PCP or specialist take it along. They will not only see a clear vision of your daily life with pain, they will also see that you are serious about needing help. Not many people who are 'drug seekers' would go to this extent.

Good luck and keep in touch,
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New Member

Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/13/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for your help and i hope this works out i cant deal with this pain anymore.

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   Posted 5/13/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
As you have had this problem and this pain all or most of your life, you should seriously consider learning to live with it. You can take pain medication to take the edge of the pain thus allowing you to function on a daily basis. But don't expect miracles from painkillers. If taken for longer periods (especially high dosages), they will make your life more miserable than it is now. I know, alas, from personal experience. Finding the ideal medication for you as a person and your type of pain may very well be a long road, but good pain management (in a pain clinic for example) and good coaching from trusted doctors will make it worthwhile. Trust your doctors and be completely honest to them, otherwise they can't help you. Go through all the additional procedures they suggest so they can get a clearer picture of what is exactly wrong and what is the best way to treat. Whatever you do, don't ever believe that in the long run pain medication makes your life easier, it just doesn't. Alas, sometimes a certain amount of pain is the least of two evils.

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   Posted 5/13/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Gramps is right of cource. Do not go in asking for specific meds. Do be respectful and polite-and prepared to explain to your doctor your complete medical history. Tell him what you have taken for pain and how much relief you got from that. Do not become beligerent or upset if he does not offer strong pain meds during your first visit. If he offers a NSAID or a muscle relaxant take it and then give him feedback as to how it worked for you let him bring up stronger meds which might be at a second visit rather than a first.
Good pain management starts with a good relationship with your doctor and that usually takes some time. On the otherhand you should not have to suffer for too long.

New Member

Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/15/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
i did not have my appointment yet but i will let you guys know how its goes.
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