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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 7/9/2009 2:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I got very nervous a few months ago because my rheumy told me he didn't think he could help much more until my Vit D deficiency got better. My endocrinologist works with him (around the corner of the same office, sharing staff) and they thought I needed a pain management doc for the fibro and osteomalacia.

I had previously been to a pain doc in my town. He was vicious and told me I was a druggie when I didn't even ASK about pain meds. Every other pain med in my STATE had refused to see me, saying that the 20 years of records I sent wasn't enough. I later learned that one of the biggest practices had split just after that because one doc was turning away to many patients who had real problems. He wouldn't accept a female patient under 60 saying we were ALL fakers and drug abusers.

I got in with the docs who kicked the jerk out. It has been a BLESSING. He is sweet, caring, highly intelligent, and doesn't mess around.

He first kept me at the same level of meds with an increase in one of the long-acting pain meds. It didn't help. At. All.

Then he told me to decrease that one by half and added methadone. A friend had told me to research it, so I wasn't as scared as I would have been. It is very promising. I have had it adjusted up once, and my muscle relaxer switched. In the next few months we will lower the old med until it is gone, and up the methadone until it kicks the pain in the tushie!

It that doesn't work we are doing a pain med pump.

If you can find a GOOD pain doc, it is worth it to try to see him.

So that is where I am.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/9/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Susie, I am glad to hear that things are going well for you! I agree that good doctors are the key to dealing with any health problem. I wish I was as lucky as you though. My doctor has been amazing and has done everything he believes he can, but he refuses to send me to a pain management doctor. He says that they would just put me on the same meds as he has, and that I don't need narcotics or anything of the sort. I understand his concern, I really do, but somedays the pain just overrules me all together. I'm going to be trying that Magnesium/Malic Acid supplement though, hopefully that'll help!

"You were only given this life because you are strong enough to live it."

Dx: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Migraines, Anxiety, Insomnia, Acid Reflux, RLS, Asthma.

Rx: Indomethacin, Buspar, Cymbalta, Lyrica, Requip, Nexium, Advair, Compazine, Lunesta.

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