Sorry to hear that you are in so much pain! I hope that you can get a good visit with the dr. I am a firm believer in making lists for a dr. visit. I also have no problem with letting the dr. know that I have tried everything that I can think of and in my fibro fog, maybe he/she can suggest something other than meds or I am
open to their suggestions. Hopefully they can see that I am not drug seeking (because I can not stand the stupified feeling that narcotics make me have..... I have a hard time taking many medications because I always have side affects.)
Maybe if you can write a list of how your pain level was on such and such a day you did A, B, C and or D...........make a side note of how that worked for how long it worked (if it worked) or if taking your medication on Monday was like chewing M&Ms, yet on Tuesday when you had done the same thing it worked. (or however it worked out for you.) Then he can see a pattern that maybe you can't see (or that you already know).
I found when my kiddos were little that I could 'tell' the dr the same thing, I did not get the same reaction as if I had written it down showing them that Tylenol was given at 8 and fever was back at 9. (usually they would even add my charts to the dr. visit notes.
This might 'show ' a clearer picture of your pain levels at any given time of the 24/7 time frame.
Be explicit in stating that you are not seeking meds if he has a miracle in his pocket. (I have even told my dr with a smile that I was willing to bury a chicken at 15 past midnight if that would work, just tell me when and where.) LOL I just wanted him to see I was at the end of what I could think of to try on my own.
That approach usually works well for me and a dr. to work out what to do until the next visit. I hope that helps.
Post Edited (Mrsppmrxky) : 5/10/2012 7:49:40 PM (GMT-6)