My question is similar to that of Praying for Real Relief's quesstion about talking to PM drs without sounding like you are seeking. Ive been dealing with DDD and RA for 8 years now. I have been on so many meds over the years I probably cant even remember them all. I already know what works and what doesnt, and some drs seem to get offended if you try to talk to them...intelligently. Even my PCP seemed to get offended when I told her what meds work for me for acid reflux when medicaid didnt cover nexium. She gave me the typical dose of prevacid, and she knows that doesnt work for me bc she gave it to me b4 and had to switch it to nexium. Rediculous. Anyway, I shouldnt have to start over just because I couldnt afford a dr for 2 years, should I? I feel like that is what is going to happen.
Maybe it doesnt matter anyway. As I read through all of your posts and see the pain you guys are in with all your meds and PTs and such, and I remember that when I had all of those things, I still had incredible amounts of pain. It seems like the best you can hope for is to be able to sit comfortably, and god forbid you ever want to do anything that requires standing or walking - or anything besides reclining in the easy chair. I dont know, I guess I just have a bad attitude. I dont have the strength or the energy to get my hopes up that things can be better...WAIT! Thats exactly it... I am tired of sitting comfortably. I want the magic whatever-it-takes to make this gone and thats just not going to happen. So it is very hard for me to get excited about once again going on the rollercoaster of meds=more pain=more meds.
Sorry this post is so scattered, Im just tired and dont know how much longer I can do this. I have to pick a plan with medicaid, and I will do this on monday and as soon as this Medi-pass takes effect (Ive gotten different reports of how long this takes) I will call the neuro/PM dr. Hopefully this will be really soon bc my PCP only gave me 25mg of Elavil to get through until then. WEAK!!!
Hope everyone is doing OK, and thanks in advance for your responses. By the way, what exactly is Dr shopping?
Degenerative Disk Disease, 3 deteriorated and 2 of those are also herniated in lumbar spine, also 2 herniated in C-spine. Psoriatic Arthritis, with the sholders, hands, left hip, and knees affected the most. Major anxiety and depression issues. Wishing I could learn to live with this.
Currently on Elavil 25mg... what a joke!!!
Post Edited (pixie6976) : 10/25/2009 10:14:10 AM (GMT-6)