Update on pain management doc............He was very nice first of all. His theory is that we need to pace ourselves and expect pain when we overdo. Because my neck is the worst today he doesn't feel I have fibro. Will not prescribe anything for the cervical headaches and said to get off the soma, my only drug that helps.
He feels that because I am so active that I don't have fibro, I didn't really get a chance to tell him about all the other aches. He doesn't believe in drugs for pain, at least my pain and believe me I didn't ask for any and wouldn't have gotten any if I did ask.
His theory is that the pain will always be there and he can't or won't make it go away. Even a brief respite would be wonderful. He also is not into herbals at all.
My pain level (to me) today is a 7. The way he explained it because I can function it is a 3 and an 8 is an emergency room trip. So he feels that my pain levels are between 3 & 5 tops. If he had my headache He would call it a 7.
He said if it got worse to call for trigger point injections, had them before and they didn't do much. I guess my appt was a bust. He does acknowledge that my neck is a mess and not a surgical fix.
I honestly can't take the neck, head and all over pain but have been doing it for 15 years now so I guess I will keep-on-keepin'-on.
He suggested physical therapy which I will look into in the fall (I guess)
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR/cleared), disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress, cervical headaches, porphyria-PCT, IBS
***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),
CO-Q 10, flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,