So sorry you are in pain, Sad. It's not fun waiting 2 hours when you're hurting. But do understand that's not unusual for Rheumatologists. I once waited 3 for mine. I hope you are seeing a rheumy! They are the best with fibro, although some pain docs know a bit about
it. It seems teaching hospital clinics make you wait longest and then you see the doc for 2 minutes because they have way too many patients scheduled. Rheumatologists in smaller hospitals may be a little less overworked. There are very few rheumatologists because they have to take 2 residencies and the field pays very little.
I found it helps to have a list of meds I have tried and their effects typed up. I've tried so many meds I forget which did what.
I also have my medical history typed up chronoligically for the first visit.
For my fibro I've only had good relief from tramadol. But don't take it at bedtime or in the night. It gives me insomnia then! I get to sleep with Ambien. The instant release generic only lasts 4 hours or so, and then I sometimes need another or a diazepam.
Vicodin doesn't help much with fibro muscle pain after a couple of months. It's good for post-operative or bone pain though. Muscle relaxants don't help my fibro, but diazepam (works as good muscle relaxant) does help with my back muscle spasms - when I have to sit in a straight chair or have done too much lifting. I got no fibro pain help with antidepressants, neurontin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, or Savella - just side effects.
I'm still looking for a pain reliever for the middle of the night when the fibro gets bad. Can't take codeine or fentanyl because they give me vomiting.
For my bursitis and tendonitis I'm taking Advil. 3 at a time works. Yes, it's too much, but Mobic, flexeril, Robaxin, etc just don't work for that.
I'm looking for another rheumatologist since my good one is very ill and his staff keep pushing my appointments ahead. I haven't been able to see him for a year and a half. My pain doc has been working with me all this time.
Pain docs are pretty good for testing to help you find out if you have pain from spine or bursitis or tendonitis or arthritis. Mine has had me get MRIs of my whole spine and recently, my shoulder. He doesn't inject shoulders, but has done my lumbar spine, which helped for a long time with the sciatica.
Don't demand a specific med, because it makes you look like a drug seeker. Take your list and try everything the doc gives you. I've been looking for relief for 2 years, still trying. Probably no single med will do everything. Good luck!