Hello everyone. I hope this message finds all of you in as little pain as possible. Could I ask for some feedback regarding an upcoming visit with a pain management doctor? I'm getting stressed about this visit and whether or not I should keep it.
I have stage IV endometriosis, which causes crippling pelvic pain for 2 weeks out of every month. I've had seven surgeries for it, yet I remain in severe pain that is only getting worse with time. I have taken Lortab for the pain for quite a while, in addition to Anaprox and Motrin. The pain is now so severe that the Lortab barely controls it anymore, but without it, my pain would totally consume me. It's gotten so bad that I don't know how on earth I'm going to cope with it anymore.
I have a family doctor that is now prescribing the Lortab, but it is very clear that he doesn't want to give it to me anymore. I also take Valium for a severe case of anxiety and PTSD, and he's also acting reluctant to give me refills on that. All of a sudden, he's reducing the amount of meds when I need refills. For example, he only gave me one third of the quantity of Lortab that I regularly get, and he also only gave me a tiny quantity of a med I have to take to prevent diarrhea. (I have a lot of endo in my intestines.) On Friday, I received a certified letter from his office, but the mail man just left a paper slip in my mailbox to pick it up because I have to sign for it. Either he's suing me for an unpaid bill, or he's going to abandon me and tell me to get another doctor. If he does the latter, it's going to hurt like crazy because I have always been responsible with my meds and have never "doctor shopped." But, as probably many of you know, doctors are becoming more leary of prescribing pain meds and other controlled substances now....so this is why I'm worried he's going to give up on me.
A few months ago, I found out that a new pain management doctor is going to start practicing in the city where I live, and I immediately got my family doctor to make the referral for me. My appointment with her is Feb. 19th. This past Friday though, I was told by one of the ER doctors that this pain management doctor "does not prescribe narcotics and instead will control your pain with Neurontin, Lyrica, etc." (I was injured at work, and I had to go see him as part of the workers comp process.) I just told this ER doctor, "Okay," but I instantly began wondering if it's even worth going to see her if she's not going to be willing to prescribe for me the meds that I have proven ineffective in giving me pain relief. Because my insurance is not covering any visits relating to my endometriosis (it's a pre-exisiting condition), I will have to pay this doctor $500, which is definitely money I don't have now.
Have any of you encountered pain docs that refuse to prescribe narcotics, even to patients with valid conditions that cause severe pain?
I've tried Neurontin and Lyrica with no success, and I'm just at the end of my rope with this pain. I don't want the narcotics to get high. I actually can't stand how they make me feel. The pain is just so bad now that I can't tolerate it anymore. I just want relieve from the pain when it hits a 10 out of 10 on the pain scale. It hurts that doctors are seeing many pain patients as drug seekers when, in fact, we're looking for relief from the pain.
Do any of you have any suggestions on whether or not I should attempt to contact this pain management doctor's office and ask what types of pain control modalities she uses? I know that if I call and ask whether or not she prescribes Lortab, they'll instantly think to themselves, "She's a drug seeker." I'm crying as I type this because I'm not a drug seeker. I just can't take this pain anymore.
I truly don't know what to do and feel like I'm at the end of my rope.
Any suggestions/feedback would be appreciated. Let us hope and pray that doctors become more educated about chronic pain and less paranoid about prescribing pain relief in the future.
Take good care, everyone. And thanks again.