Welcome to Healing Well. Wow, I read your story and can certainly understand every word you wrote. I have been in that same boat only in a different way. I am absolutely thrilled to read that you have found a dr that is willing to listen to you, willing to help you and believes in you. Three key ingredients needed so desperately when seeking medical care regardless of the reason. Why drs want to make it so hard for us is totally beyond anything I can comprehend. You know I am so sick of hearing about how they are afraid of the DEA, quite frankly I think they use that as a cop out. If a dr is running his practice the way it should be ran, then he should have no fear of the DEA. The DEA is after the drs doing illegal things, not the drs that are being professional and legal, whats the big hype. Chicken little the sky is falling. All the DEA does is an audit of records big deal.
I too have a new dr and this dr had made such an impact on my life. I have a pain pump that the prior dr recommended be put in. This was done in 05. It was a very long journey getting increases in the pump to get my pain level down. Then my pain dr decided I was at my limit on increases in the pump, said no more, had me on a pain pill equivelent to a tylenol for BT pain. By the time he decided to stop practicing pain mgt in Nov of 08, I was walking hunched over with a cane in severe pain. It was a blessing in disguise when he left pain mgt.
My new pump dr is totally awesome. She does not believe patients should suffer in pain. She wants her patients to have a life. The DEA, she could are less about. They are welcome to her office any time. She is not afraid of them.
Please keep posting so we know how you are doing.
Moderator Chronic Pain
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.