I do agree that some pm doctors treat patients like junkies. I have not had this happen to me, but I have heard another doctor in the group talking to another patient like this. I was in my exam room waiting for my doctor. In the room next door (walls must be thin, I could here everything without trying to listen) Doctor was telling the guy that he was taking t many pills, and that this was the last month that he would refill them. I thought for sure that this guys was a addicted the way the doctor was talking. We both happend to exit our exam rooms at the same time. The poor guy was using a walker and was having a hard time walking with it. You could tell he was in so much pain. I felt so sorry for him.
I do think that it is up to us to let our doctors know how much pain we are having. I actually started to use a pain diary. I would write down how mush pain I had everyday, my activity level and my meds I used. So that I could talk to the doctor about
it. I found that if I just complained that i was not getting any relief with out any evidence he did not listen as closely. Also if I had to take anymore pain meds. than presribed in 24 hours I called the nurse and asked them to please put it in my chart, so that when I needed a refill the doctor knew why.
Just a suggestion, but it worked for me. I also tried to bring my spouse with me so that he could talk about
my pain level and how it effected our lives.
Diagnosed crohns Disease 07,
Three Herniated disc; stenosis, facet arthritis,degenerative disc , severe siatica
3 laparoscopies, hysterectomy
p.t. and trigger point injections for severe pelvic pain.
Spinal epidurals for herniated discs and siatica
meds: lyrica, vicodine, amrix