it gets tiring trying to explain to people and I usually don't get drawn into going into detail's anymore but I got sucked in by my aunt this time round .
Sookie you would think your sister in law would have more compassion esp working in a pain clinic im sure she see's her fair share of fakers and drug seekers but she would also see people in severe pain I think she might be in the wrong field of medicine to be honest .
not sure how pain clinics work over there but here there dam hard to get into and you usually only get referred into one after you GP has exhausted all means to treat you with what he or she is allowed to prescribe . my GP is fantastic in trying things and I believe he has my best interest at heart but we are almost at the point where he will be referring me to a pain clinic soon .
as I have my own private health insurance I would only have to wait weeks for a appointment without it you go on the public list and could wait yrs to be seen sad but true im afraid .
I have had friends go thru pain clinics some it worked great for others not so good im hoping they will find a combination of drugs that will work as I have a couple of different types of pain I have a lot of nerve pain in my lower legs as well as lower back and neck pain .here the pain clinic can prescribe drugs our normal GP cant until the pain clinics work out a pain management plan then he is givin the authority to prescribe what they recommend .I think you go back to pain clinic every 12 months or so for a review of treatment .....sorry gone a bit off topic ...it's disappointing tho when the people who know you best seem to be the ones that give you the most grief when really they should be the ones supporting you the most . im lucky my wife is very understanding and im blessed to have her
she also runs the medical library at our local hospital and is always doing research for dr's for different things so when articles about
pain management come across her desk she brings them home to read .
ive even taken some to my DR lol for him to read he is amazed at some of the stuff I bring him and reckons im about
clued up on pain management as he is so he dosent try too bluff me now cause he knows I always research what ever treatment he puts me on lol .....last visit he jokingly said he was sitting on the wrong side of the desk when I visit cause im just as clued up as he is .he finally fig out where I was getting my research on as he uses the hospital library and he say my mrs nametag and he put two and two together lol.
cheers dean aka squidley
motor bike accident 1977 almost severed lower left leg. multiple compound fractures . broken ankle /knee/shattered pelvis/spinal injuries/6 months in hosp 2 in a coma/3 yrs to learn how to walk again and over 30 operations since 1977.
meds past and present pethidene morphine. digesic & panidene forte currently on endep & tegredol for nerve damage pain and norspan patches 20 mg & digesic