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   Posted 6/26/2012 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone, Can any one help me please? I've been reading peoples posts but I don't understand the Shorthand words ie: PM, PT, PCP etc.........The only one I know is, CP. The others I haven't got a clue,....TBH I don't really understand what people are saying, I'm getting lost, I'm sorry.
I hope you don't mind me asking?
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   Posted 6/26/2012 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Snorkels...

No problem..... I still have to ask at times, lol...

PM - Pain Management
PMD - PM Doc
PT - Physical Therapy
PCP - Primary Care Provider
BT - Break through (meds for BT pain)
LA - Long Acting (meds)
ER - Extended Release

That's all I can think of right now.... if there are any others that you come across, feel free to ask :)

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   Posted 6/26/2012 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   

That was the same for me too. That is the American abbreviations that we are not used to. We would talk about our pain doctor or consultant, physical therapy is physiotherapy, primary care provider is our GP. Amazing the differences but it keeps us on our toes working out the differences!!! How are you? I hope you are managing a bit better. Have you thought about the counseling or are you finding that the support here has helped. I honestly think that you and I are so alike, I think lack of confidence is a big problem. You sound like a very caring person. Hope to have many more conversations with you.


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   Posted 6/26/2012 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
There are a lot more used than the ones Tina mentioned, but we could probably crash the site if we listed them all.

The ones she mentioned are the most common. A few more I would add though are

IR- Immediate release
IMHO- In my humble opinion
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   Posted 6/27/2012 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your help & I'm sorry to be a pain in the bum......It's kinda hard too to work out what people are saying, Jane hit the nail on the head & help with a few words Thanks hunni. I find myself googling words I don't no to translate them but I can't translate short hand!!..........Thanks again everyone for your help.
Hi Jane, I know you'll probably not get this until after you op, (I pray it was successful & that you get some relief) I just couldn't reply physically nor mentality yesterday, pain was so bad, I was in agony plus had massive spasms/cramp. When I get like that I can't concentrate on what I want to say, Sorry Hun & everyone else too........I still haven't plucked up the courage yet to contact the person my Dr gave me, I have massive anxiety just thinking about it, but I finding here has helped me all the support, help, caring members/mods, Has help so much, all the advice, the feeling I'm not alone has made a big difference too. I feel so at home & comfortable knowing people will never judge me, like I've been judged/bullied all my life. I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, I don't know how to thank each & everyone of you!!!........Aw bless you hun for saying I'm a caring person, you sound caring person too hun, I have moto, "always treat people the way you wanted to treated" I stand by that all the time.......I also want to have many conversations with you hun, I might not be on as much as I like due health hun, but I try & get on as much as poss.
I know you'll have you're op before you read this, you are in my thoughts & prayers sweetie. I hope you have quick recovery, successful & also pray you'll find relief.
Much love & blessings to you & everyone
Snorkels x

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   Posted 6/27/2012 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
      Snorkels, you just gave me an idea...and I think I will see if we can fit many of the common "abbreviations" used here on the CP forum, and stick them in the Chronic Pain 101 located at the top of our home page here. I bet us mods can come up with a good list!
    Thanks for bringing this up to us. I had the same problem when I first joined! rolleyes
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