Love you Mikey.... but I disagree, but I ALWAYS
put the disclaimer that these are my own
personal experiences. Period. I think there are too many people that go in - freaked out to speak up - and doctors DO sense that. I mean no disrespect.
I've had all those horrendous experience that have been listed here on the board. So it's not that I don't get it. I've had PM doctors HATE me and refuse to treat me appropriately. I really do speak from experience and I DO know the climate out there surrounding PM, the DEA and so forth. I've lived in two different states w/ vastly different approaches.
But once I stood up, educated myself.... things turned around for me. I KNOW fully well that's not going to happen for all. But I think it's completely appropriate to go in and let a PM doc know what has worked, what hasn't and so forth. Again, I even stated that I don't think anyone (me included, of course!) should go in w/ their "medication order".... we do go to a doctor for their "expertise" and should listen to what they suggest for us. But - even though this is not the PC way of thinking - our doctors work for us. If she/he is prescribing something that doesn't work/we've used before w/ no success and so forth - what good is that going to do?? You have to speak up!!
I guess I just don't believe in being ruled by fear - even despite the current climate of pain management out there. Doctors feel that and pick up on it. I've said it before - I can be a shy person that will go just along w/ the crowd. But, IMHO, that just doesn't work w/ PM. Too many go in...to afraid to share all their symptoms and ask specifically about using particular medications. (Side note - there are always going to be drug seekers....but we can't let that get in the way of advocating for our PM needs!)
It's ok that we differ in opinions (any of us) - I still love ya - and, again, mean no disrespect w/ my differing opinions :) And to everyone - these are just my own thoughts and experiences...not medical advice - just my opinions! Please follow what you think is best for you and your own situation.
In love, of course!! --Tina
Dx: Disabled due to many, many health/pain issues
Meds: Heart meds, Effexor, various Pain Meds (I've literally been on them all)...and on the list goes; intrathecal pain pump candidate
Personal: Christian wife and mom; I have six sons...and two "surprise" blessings - identical twin daughters (born 9/2010)