Thank you, ALL of you. The support means so much, and I suppose that's one major reason we're all here.
Distraction is always a good thing, when you can actually make it work. Weekends are the worst for me. Too much time to consider the possibilities. I sit here contemplating which of these possible diseases or disorders I would "rather" have if I am faced with having one, and that seems like a sure sign that I need to start occupying myself in a healthier way!
I wasn't really aware of the distinction between types of pain docs, but I realized upon my first appointment back in 2009 that the entire pain clinic that I've been going to takes a very conservative approach to pain, especially where medications are concerned. I don't disagree with that, necessarily, but my feeling is that they have been really slow in responding to whatever is going on with me. They don't seem to have much respect for the severity of the pain and how debilitating it has become over the last couple of months. They wanted to try an NSAID with me, but I take Lithium and it doesn't mix with NSAIDS - even my GP appreciates that.
How does a person go about
finding a pain doctor who works more with medication management? Or, one who is at least accepting of people taking pain medication?