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   Posted 9/14/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
i was wondering if anyone has a pain management doctor?  I have pain almost every day and unfortuatlly most of it is in my "man region" if you know what i mean.  My surgeon is tired of writing scrips for pain meds for me so I was wondering about the pain management doc.  I have real pain and wish it would all go away!!  I guess i was just wondering what types of experiences people have had with pain mgt. docs.  Thanks for listening!
Good luck to all!
28 yrs old
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Pentasa, Asocol. Prednisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers
Humira for 1 month from July 2008-Aug 2008 then contracted histoplasmosis and was in hospital for 11 days in Aug. 2008

Surgery on March 6th 2009
Surgeon clipped my colon during surgery, in hospital for 14 days.  Fistulas formed with immense pain along scar line. Have ostomey bag for now until I get well enough to reverse the bag. (cannot come soon enough!!! I HATE THE BAG!!!)
Out of work from March 6 2009- Sept. 1 2009.

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   Posted 9/19/2009 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
What kind of pain are you having? What is causing the pain? Has anyone investigated, trying to discover what is causing the issue? I am a pain management candidate because of chronic arthritis problems. However, my access is limited because of insurance issues.

I do know that pain management varies widely among practices. I have a doctor that mahages my spinal pain issues. My spine guy does not prescribe medications, he offers only steroid injections, physical therapy, or manipukation and massage.
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   Posted 9/21/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband has spinal stenosis and his orthopaedic surgeon stopped seeing regular patients so he was trying to get in to see a pain specialist.  He mentioned it to his psychatrist and the psychiatrist told him that he does pain mgmt.  All he really did was prescribe pain meds.  That dr. stopped practicing and my husband was trying to get in to see another pain specialist, but our PC dr. said he preferred to send him to a neuro surgeon.  I know someone else who sees a pain mgmt specialist for his back and he's gone over exercise plans, etc. with him, not just prescribed meds.   

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 9/21/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
My gi referred me to a pain mgt dr as he does not prescribe pain meds. Please know there are two types of pain mgt drs out there. One will do procedures & injections only, the other will do the same and prescribe medications. Do not be shy in asking if a pain mgt dr writes scripts because there is a difference in these guys. Most require a referral from your PCP. I began having terrible joint pain this is why he referred me out.
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I believe that a pain specialist is a GREAT idea...there are a range of treatments that may not be considered by most. And I'd watch out for what straydog said...i've not met the procedures only Pain gal/guy...I've got a pretty decent procedure & script lady. Boy did I luck out and I hope you do to.
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   Posted 10/5/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I love having a pain management Doc, I don't know if anyone else experiences extreme pain after eating or drinking anything, but i do. I am Currently on Oxycotin 40 mg's in the morning and before i go to bed. It's a time release pill and seems to dull the pain, it's there i can still feel it, but it makes it manageable. I also take Dilaudid ( Hydromorphone) 4 mg pills for break through pain. They work great, I did'nt have a normal movement until i was put on Opiate pain control, i was going 10-15 times a day to bathroom and they have slowed it to 4-5.
Beware of any pill that has APAP on it ( Tyenol ) or Ibeprofen , such as Vicadin,Loratap,Percocet they seem to more harm then good, to your stomach and your kidneys. I hope you find a doc soon, being in pain sucks... and most people don't understand the unique pain that crohns brings. Be careful and responsible, addiction to opiates is serious thing. I let myself get out of control on them about 2years ago and lost my pain management doctor and barely got back into a clinic.

24 year old Male, Crohn's Diagnosed at 14
Surgical History/Complications : At 22 Small Intestine Rupture caused by a hernia with small resection to follow ( 6 1/2) feet . At 24 Adhesion and Scar tissue removal .

Medications : Remicade 10mg's per Kilo every 6 weeks, Imuran 50 mgs 3 times daily, B-12 injections every 4 weeks. Oxycotin 40 mg twice a day, Hydromorphone 4mg four times a day for break through pain.
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