Ok so I made an appointment for my annual exam. I left a doctor a message asking her to call me so we could come up with a plan to make the exam less painful for me. I received a call back from my doctor's nurse. She told me the doctor wanted me to take 600mg of ibuprofen before the I came in. Now this made no sense to me and I asked her to explain it. She said it would help prevent the pain and it would help relax me. Ok now I didn't know that ibuprofen could be used preventively but it seemed like something that might be possible. However I highly doubt that ibuprofen would have relaxing properties. As much doubt as I had about
this course of action, I said that I would try it and said goodbye to nurse.
After I got off the phone I looked at the bottle of ibuprofen and saw that 600mg was only 3 pills. Now 3 pills hardly ever gives me any relief when I try taking it for headaches or menstrual cramps so I really don't have any confidence that dosage will provide any help for a pelvic exam. I also know I've never experienced any relaxing effect from that dosage. This seems like a bunch of bs to me like the doctor was hoping I'd just do it and it would have a placebo effect.
I called back and left another message saying that dosage of ibuprofen has little effect on me and that we need to come up with a better plan. If the doctor doesn't have any better suggestions then I'm just going to go ahead and take the left over muscle relaxants the rheumy gave me. They never helped for the fibro pain, but they certainly did relax me and made me feel all wobbly so I assume they must have been loosening my muscles up somewhat.
Edit: Well they called back and my OB-GYN won't proscribe me anything and sticks by her recommendation of 600mg of ibuprofen. She said that if I really need something stronger than that, then I need to talk to my rheumatologist about
it. *sighs* I'd really rather not discuss this with my rheumy, he's a man and how could he understand about
that kind of pain, plus it's just really uncomfortable to discuss this sort of thing with a man. Well I've got an appointment with him on Friday so I guess I'll have to suck it up and discuss it with him.
I don't know if I should find another gyno or not. I'll still keep this appointment with her, but I'm wondering if in the future I should see if I can find another doctor that is more concerned about
my pain and does everything possible to make these pelvic exams as comfortable as possible for me. It just seems kind of ridiculous that I should have to coordinate with another doctor on this.
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Post Edited (Kythe) : 9/16/2008 1:45:20 PM (GMT-6)