Getting used to pain meds

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Lasardo
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   Posted 4/27/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
 I have been on pain meds since 2002 and my recent pain doctor has had me on the same dose, without change, for over a year now.  He intends to lower my dosage gradually because he thinks the recent hystorectomy I had helped, unfortunalty it did not.  I stay awake at night  and just can not seem to control my pain.  I take breakthru medicine that feels like i am taking nothing, there is no improvement.  My doctor is very stubborn and I really have no idea what to say to him to make him understand me.  I am a bit intimidated by him which does not help.  I do not want to switch doctors because he is in the same office as my phych dr.  Any advise on how I may approach him?

Crohns dx
Pelvic adhesions
Pelvic Floor tension
Interstioal Cystitis
colostomy'
recent hystorectomy
Severe Scoliosis
Arthritis
Depression
Anxiety

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/27/2011 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Lasrado!

I cannot tell you how many times we have heard this same complaint from several of our members.

If I understan you correctly, you're Dr has not reduced the pain med's yet, but has stated that he intends too...and this is based on the recent hysterectomy.

As I read through your Post here, your fear is that he will follow through with out listening and taking into account that you are indeed still in quite a bit of pain.

One thing you might try, is to keep a Pain Journal and take it with you to you're next appointment. The fact that he seems very stubborn to you, might indicate that no matter what you present him with, he is set in his ways.
If that is the case, and he insist on reducing your pain med's while your still suffering, then I'm afraid I would be seeking another PM in the near future. Many of the members here, have advised others with similar situations, to be honest with your PM and not tip toe around the issue, and then ask him what he can do for your pain. If he then refuses to treat you properly, then by all means seek another PM.

Now he may surprise you, because I'm guessing that at this time, he has no clue that the hysterectomy was not successful in reducing you're pain, or did I misunderstand you? Nobody knows your pain better than you, not even you're PM! Don't ever let another tell you what you're pain level is. That would be totally senseless.

Just be forthright and honest with him, and tell him you are still in pain, and give him a rating from 1-10. Let him suggest the course of action. Also, by all means take a family member with you who is familiar with your daily struggle with the pain issues you're having.

Good luck to you, and please do keep us updated. (Note) It appears that you double posted this Topic, so I deleted the second copy of it for you. Its a common mistake. wink



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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/27/2011 11:48:01 PM (GMT-6)


Lasardo
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Date Joined Jan 2011
Total Posts : 373
   Posted 4/28/2011 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou se/moderstor appreciate advice, was really good advise..have a pain journal that I do not use so will use it this time wth the hopes of more understanding. Thanks again, Lasardo
Crohns dx
Pelvic adhesions
Pelvic Floor tension
Interstioal Cystitis
colostomy'
recent hystorectomy
Severe Scoliosis
Arthritis
Depression
Anxiety
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