Rushed visit with Rhuemy....

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   Posted 8/25/2010 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
So I was in ER yesterday and they chalked it up to deep tissue spasms, right above my back side on the right hand side. I was concerned it was a kidney stone, but the urine tests said no.
Anyway, when I went to see my rhuemy today (I've been having more pain) I had my list of things to go over and I was thinking she would spend a little time with me.
Its such a hit or miss with her, today she was in rush mode, she basically said that she is increasing my oxy from 15mg to 20 mg. In hopes that this will be a good amount and that I will not need break thru meds. She wants to try this, if it doesn't cut it, she will increase it one more time, and then send me to a new pain mgmt doctor.
She is also filling out the FMLA paperwork for me for my intermittenent time off from work, so I decided that I would not leave and go to the pain mgmt person right now at least until my paperwork is done. She said this PM doctor is a anesthesiologist, and he would be much better than the rude one she sent me to before. I feel like I prolly should be seeing this PM. I guess at this point, I will try the increased amt of oxy.
I don't know what exactly I was expecting. Just feels like she was quick to write out a script for more meds and see ya later......I'm just feeling shakehead

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   Posted 8/25/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry that you were rushed today. It sounds like she was busy, and that's no reason to rush you out of there. I think that doctors should have less patients. It makes more sense to me, but I guess that they wouldn't be pulling in the money if they did that. What a shame.

I hope that this new dose works well for you. Do you still have breakthrough medication to take if you need it?

Also, it seems like she doesn't really feel like she can manage your medication--she has a cutoff dose for you which seems strange to me because everyone is so different in regards to what dose works for them. I don't know what happened before, but I hope that she sends you to a good PM doctor if you need it.

I have never been to a rheumy before, so I don't know much about them.



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   Posted 8/25/2010 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You!!!
I was sent to a PM, I went thru everything ran down all my meds, and I was told that I needed to come off all narcotic medication and I should try bio-feedback. I sat there with tears streaming down my face, I told him that I have to work, I don't have a choice right now, and without pain medication, I would NOT be able to work or have any quality of life. I got up, left and didn't even bother to look back. It was really bad.

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   Posted 8/25/2010 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hopegirl,

I'm sorry to hear about your increased pain & rotten doctor's appointment. I've certainly had my fair share of those myself & they are awful. That's actually part of why I left me PM a couple years ago. After he ran out of procedures to do on me, I felt like he never listened to me, because essentially as soon as he came in the room, he had his hand on the door handle, ready to leave. My PCP offered to take over my pain management & he is fantastic. He always listens to me and never rushes me (he even spent up to an hour & a half with me in what was supposed to be a 20 min appointment slot one time when I was having a particularly rough time).

Hopefully the increase in pain meds makes a difference for you!


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   Posted 8/25/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Hopegirl,

I'm sorry to hear you felt your rheumy wasn't really there for sounds like maybe she's starting to "divorce" herself from your care because she's running out of ideas. A new doctor might not be a bad idea.

Here's hoping the increased dosage on the Oxy helps you.

DX: Fibro, Severe Myofascial Pain, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Surgical Adhesions, IBS, IC-PBS, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), FAI, Reynauds, Opthalmic Migraines, Drug Related Hot Flashes, Physically Unable to Vomit due to Nissen Surgery, Extremely tiny and scarred veins (hard start for IV's)

Meds: Oxycontin, Tramacet, Cymbalta, Cesamet, Flexeril, Clonidine plus Vitamin D + Multi daily

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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Yah, today is a good day...I've noticed the increase of meds seems to be helping. Just pray that it works for a long time!!!! :-)

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   Posted 8/26/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh I hope the meds do work well for you. That way you can keep the Dr willing to help and not have to go through the trials of a new Dr. Perhaps she was just having one of those bad overbooked days and was frustrated. It's certainly no excuse, but if you're feeling better with the increased meds then I say fantastic!

All my best!
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   Posted 8/26/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with the new dose hopegirl. I hope they work for ya. I had my first experience with a PM doc this week and I really liked him. He seems like he is open to really trying things to see what works best. I hope the new PM doc your rhemy is talking about is much better then your last one.
I am a 29 yo female, Dx with UC in 97, hospital stays monthly, tons of blood transfusion, bowel rest on TPN, prednisone, asacol, sulfa, imuran, VSP
99- multiple failed remicade treatments, more hospital stays
finally in 2001 had enough and had total colectomy (j-pouch) surgery, 1st step was good, then the reversal was not such a breeze, got peritinitis which was awful!!
the rest of 2001-2006 were amazing!
now having problems again- they are thinking Crohns.- have been on Humira with no luck
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