I've written really lengthy posts, too - so no worries :) I know you were just venting but I had a couple of thoughts after reading...
Re: the fibro diagnosis - yeah, I don't know why it's viewed the way it is..... and I know exactly what you are saying. I DO have fibro and I have other pain issues (DDD, migraines, carpal tunnel, tendonitis and on the list goes). Whenever I see a "non-regular" doctor - I hate when they say "Oh, you have fibro" - I feel like that it consistently gets "downplayed" - or that I have to say the 100 "other" things I have (as if having fibro is not enough).
Re: your doctor situation - yes, I definitely think you need to be seeing another doctor for your fibro/medication needs. It's hard to convey tone here on the computer - but did I read that right - that you are on 270mg of oxycontin a day plus another 240mg as needed? That's a pretty high dose. (I say this with no judgment at all.... I've been on the equivalent of that dose....that's what I meant about "tone"). But I am surprised a GI would prescribe that high of a dose. As my meds got higher and higher, nobody would touch me at all except my PM doc - and I've got some pretty liberal doctors.
Having a PM doctor who handles all my issues is important for me. I've got a ton of other medical problems that involve a cardiologist, endocrinologist, pulmonologist, psych and so forth - but all my pain needs are handled through my PM. This way - he knows my history; what's worked/hasn't worked/etc.
Is there another PM doc in your area? I agree, having to spend that much time at a doctor's office is ridiculous. I get uptight if I'm in mine more than an hour!! So I can't imagine.
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)