I agree with the general consensus. Beyond pain, I've noticed that doctors aren't terribly interested in symptoms of any sort. They don't even nod their heads and pretend to listen, they just tune you out and go on staring at their laptops or strike up a completely new and off the subject topic. (Jim1969-- only two doc.s?? Lucky you! I've been through more than I can count.)
I think doctors in general have a little switch in their heads that goes off the minute the word "pain" is mentioned. They each have their pet drugs (antidepressants, souped-up-aspirin like Ultram, or if they're generous, Darvocette or Tylenol w/ Codeine) and I've actually had more than one reply to me, after I've I've told them it didn't make a difference with the pain, 'It works for the rest of my patients.' I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be jealous, cheer these other patients on for their success and hope it somehow rubs off on me, or punish myself for not responding the way he wanted me to. When you think about it, it's really a sort of mean thing thing to say. Not one of them ever followed such a statement with any sort of address as to what that means for me, the one it didn't work for. Not surprisingly, other aspects of their practice with this patient were equally lacking in imagination and good sense, and I ultimately fired them.
I have actually in the past got angry enough to ask them why pain meds were even created in the first place. I was told "to treat acute, short-term pain." I reminded the doc. that that is exactly what I was suffering- an acute flare in a chronic situation. No one said the prescription had to go one for months or even weeks, just something to get through the peak of the excrutiating pain of a fibro flare up. I said I was amazed; without a pill ever crossing my tongue, he's got me already addicted, in advance, just through sheer verbal explanation of how someone, anyone, might become addicted. Truly amazing. I countered that it wasn't possible to become addicted in such a way, that I would have to actually first TAKE the drug, and do so over a period of time , not just over a few days. The doctor looked kind of cowed and sheepish, but stuck to guns by golly and refused to treat me.
So, no, it's not just Illinois. A rare few of us are actually able to break down the wall and eventually get something that works, but most of us are left to our massive doses of Ibuprofen or to explore alternative avenues. Hope you find a good doc. soon, and please don't let this one off the hook if you can mange it!
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I have edited your reply.) Thanks! SE
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