Going to the Chiropractor tomorrow

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   Posted 5/4/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure what to expect, I went to the doctor today, because I am in a lot of pain and I feared that the chiropractor may make things worse before they are better and over the counter meds are not doing anything for me. The nurse practitioner referred me to a physical therapist and gave me a list of rhuematologists after I insisted we do something about this. Since there is at least a 1 month wait to get into the rhuematologist, she also gave me some samples of cymbalta to start in the mean time. She told me to come back and she'd give me some more if I was going to run out before they could get me in. Still nothing for pain though. I'm supposed to try taking Pepcid to see if I can take enough advil to help, or something like that. I kind of got the impression that since I could still stand, pain was not an issue for them.

So I'm really hoping this chiropractor can help... however, I'm really not feeling too hopeful about it. Looking over the forms they have for new patients, they have all kinds of questions about wellness goals and lifestyle changes. I'm scared. Really scared. It looks like this is going to be another 'diet and exercise and you'll be fine' kind of deal :(

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   Posted 5/4/2010 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Wow, it sure doesn't sound very encouraging that you're getting good medical care. There are many doctors who are just afraid to do the right thing and prescribe what you need. I'm not advocating dumping jars of pills down everyone who's in pain. But if you need some pain relief then he should at least discuss it thoroughly and offer you something. Giving you unclear directions to take Pepsid and tons of advil is NOT compassionate medical care. IMHO it's a chicken way to care for patients. There are a lot of good types of pain medication and it's not like you were begging for narcotics. Sorry, but so many of these doctors frustrate the dickens out of me over pain relief. They have no idea what it's like to live in this kind of misery.

When you do get into the rheumatologist I would suggest that YOU interview him instead of the other way around. You are the one hiring the doctor. Ask what his philosophy is on pain management. If it doesn't agree with yours that thank him and interview another one. No different that getting bids on building a house or installing a new garage. You are the one in charge but the doctors often forget it.

One last thing I would suggest. Keep a pain journal starting today and for several months. It's quick and easy each day. Here's a link to a free pain journal page to download. Just print a page for each day and fill it out. www.painfoundation.org/learn/publications/files/TargetDailyLog.pdf I usually did mine at the end of the day. Then when you've accumulated a stack of pages make sure to take them along with you to any and all doctor appointments. Take them every time you go back to the doctor also. During your appointment had the journal pages to your doctor and ask him to look over them while you wait. Don't let him brush you off. A pain journal not only shows the doctor what your pain is like day to day and even hour to hour but he will see that you are very serious about getting some help with pain management since you've take the time to record it every day. This has worked for many people who are not being treated with respect.

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   Posted 5/4/2010 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I've decided to heck with their list, I'm going to get the list of people in my insurance network and call each of them and schedule with the one I like best. ... I haven't decided what criteria to use to choose, but I figure, I will be able to get a feel for their office by talking to the person who answers the phone. Also, I can at least ask if they treat a lot of people with fms and what they typically do for those folks, and if they do pain management etc.

It bothers me most, that I have responsibly used prescription pain killers for 10 years now, and can't get them for anything. I didn't come in and say "oh my back hurts a little bit, give me something." She felt the muscle spasms I was having then and there and even though I explained that that was as good as it gets, she still wouldn't do much of anything. That seems to be the trend... nothing obviously broken so nothing they can do.
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