Recent PM apt update

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Retired Mom
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   Posted 12/21/2011 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
 
I wanted to give an update on recent PM apt.  As many of you know I was very concerned about meeting the new PA and what my "on again/off again" PM might do with my meds.  Of course, they did an immediate drug screen and made some notes about my antibiotics that I have been taking. Then the PA came in, introduced herself, and started asking me about my condition.  After a lengthy discussion, she did some physical tests about my hand and arm strenth and determined that my right side has less strenth than my left.  I had never realized that....anyway.... she asked me more questions about my neck and then asked if I was interested in injections (to prepare for RFA) in my neck.  Of course I am, so she left the office, reviewed my file info again, spoke with the primary PM, and scheduled my first one for next month!  She had no problems with my meds and made notes about the Soma having given me some relief from spasms (it was a new med at my last PM apt).  We then discussed the sleepiness and how I monitor my meds (I use my phone with a program called RemindmeRX)  It's a free app and they now want a few of their patients to try it.
 
I was so afraid of meeting this lady because I had received a call from another
relatively new patient who is using the same practice and had what he considered problems with her.  He made the fatal mistake of asking for more meds by name and she wouldn't hear of it.  He has only been on that med for a little while and had taken some meds from another DR (which showed up in the drug screen).  He said she had Ok'd him taking them, but then she had a fit about him taking meds from somewhere else.  I imagine this is fairly accurate, but something doesn't ring true because that med (dilaudid) doesn't stay in your system very long and should have been gone unless he is taking it on a regular basis.  I can't understand why he would have done that before he went in for an appointment.  Who knows????

Anyway, I wanted to report that all went well and I am very satisfied with the new PA.  At least I can stay with this PM for a while longer and postphone the transition to a new practice.  There are so few here that I want to postphone the change as long as possible (unless something else crazy happens).  I want to keep using the RFA's every six months and in several areas rather than just the small area we have been doing for a while.  I'm also going to skip the SCS trial for now and stay with what works for me.  She was actually very supportive of that by saying that so many Dr's recommend SCS, but so many patients still have to take pain meds on a regular basis after the implant and that adding anything into the body is risky for someone who has so much difficulty with surgery success.
 
All in all, it was a positive experience and I have to say I was very impressed when she said she thought they could help me. :-)
 
All my best to all of you!!!!!  Your support has been wonderful for me during my time with HW.  I don't always check in as much as I used to, but I think about you guys often and always keep you in my thoughts and prayers!
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (surgery related trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendionitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet, Vision Issues & much more.....

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/21/2011 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
 
      Good morning Retiredmom!
 
          Just wanted to say..glad your pleased with the PM so far...and that I use the same RX app...you recommended to me. It works great! wink
 
    SE
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 12/21/2011 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Retired mom

It is nice to hear from ppl that they like their PM practice. I like my PM ppl.

It feels good to let us family members know the latest update on us. I am happy for you.

have a nice holiday

Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of tibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected leg continously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/ metal removed in July//then total knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take oxycontin,flexeril,cymbalta,vicadin for BT

Purgatory
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   Posted 12/21/2011 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy to hear of your good appointment, glad it went that well.

Good luck to you as we near the holidays.

david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10

straydog
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   Posted 12/21/2011 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
RM sounds like you may have hit pay dirt with this new PA. If you can stay under her care and both of you be happy with the outcome of things that would be great. I don't know what the track record is like in that office but lets hope this lady plans on staying around for the long haul. Its never easy looking for new drs and you never know what you will get when they walk through that door.

Sounds like she has paid attention and done some research on the SCS units too which is a plus. Hope you have a great holiday with your family.
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momtofourangels
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   Posted 12/21/2011 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Retired Mom It's wonderful to hear that you had a good PM appointment. I have missed you being around. It's good to hear from you. Take care.

love and hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 12/21/2011 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
RetiredMom,

I am so glad to hear that you are ok with the PM office now. That can make a big difference when you don't have to feel constant anxiety of what they may stop prescribing or demand you try. Its good to hear success for you!

I hope you are having low pain days as the holidays draw near. I have been thinking of you!

Mindy

Retired Mom
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   Posted 12/21/2011 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
You guys are wonderful!! I can always count on you for a kind word and for encouragement and support.

It was wonderful to read responses from so many of my HW friends! I'm also happy the App is working for you SE! It has been a life saver for me with this memory of mine. Now I can honestly tell the Dr exactly what time I took what and I don't forget and miss my meds or forget and take them twice.

Again, you guys are the BEST!
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (surgery related trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendionitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet, Vision Issues & much more.....
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