Hi Ms Kitty,
I am glad to see that you have found something that gives you some relief. It would be a lot better though if it helped all the time, not just some days. Its a rough life living with pain, but no one needs to remind you of that considering your past medical history, you have been there and done that before.
I agree with you on how many of these so called clinics are nothing more than masking the symptoms than trying to find out why a person is in pain. There are too many tests available today that can be performed on a patient to give a proper diagnosis. Alot of these guys are in it for a fast easy way to make a lot of bucks. Its a great money making scheme. I think these are the very ones the DEA is going to eventually weed out. From what I have been reading at the FDA site and the guidelines being set up on treating a patient with chronic pain it may very well stop this walking in once a month and getting a script without a real diagnosis or any kind of treatment to validate the need for the medication.
I know when I first started having pain over twenty years ago the drs just said oh you have strained this or that. I walked out with a handful of scripts but had no clue other than a strain or something. Then as time went by and nothing changed except the meds, we sometimes reach a point where we think well maybe it is in my head, maybe there isn't anything wrong me.But, once my new dr started ordering different tests and could show or tell me what the test revealed I could ease my mind about things. As patients we deserve to have appropriate testing done to find out why things are happening.
I have always been leery of these clinics that have the drs all in one little box. I always said it was like that game show that for the life of me I cannot remember the name of lol. But, its kind of like behind door #1 is the chiropractor, door #2 th physical therapist, door # 3 pain mgt guy and the list of drs continue right on down the line to the surgeon. Just never cared for these places at all. I am sure maybe some where there are some good legitmate ones but they are few and far in between. The biggest problem is these drs know how to target the public when opening up these clinics.
When I worked, I saw so many new drs hit town and they knocked on every plaintiff lawyers door in town begging for business. You guys have no idea the length some of these guys went to for business. It was scary knowing that some of these people were actually drs. It gave me a real education in the medical field believe me. I am not saying that all drs are like that thanks goodness. Its just so hard finding a good dr that is for sure.
I hope Ms Kitty that you can get some longer lasting relief as time goes by.....Susie