reply to post by Serdgiam
They told me to just meditate and do yoga, and have repeatedly tried putting me on anti-depressants ( ) saying that it would help dramatically
with the pain that they also said they dont believe exists ( ).
It's been a strange experience for her. She's been on opiate based pain management for a period going on 10 years. 'Dr. Feelgood' with an Rx pad is
about the extent of what she's had as she's shuffled from one specialist to another and one doctor to another within a series of tests and processes.
It's important to note that over the years and with various doctors, we've all but begged they DO something
and not just keep writing solutions
in a bottle. That solves nothing but to cover the symptoms and leave her in the dark as to how bad it may actually be or not be. She's diagnosed with
diabetic related neuropathy in both legs and arms, among a number of things and it's what is at the heart of her pain. ...she's had the
tortu...err...nerve conduction tests 3 times to establish it so they couldn't tell her it didn't exist. Although, now? That IS what she's all but been
told. It's crazy.
A couple weeks ago she was transferred to a new Doctor and a new attitude that I believe borders on criminal indifference. This new one decided it was
a fine idea to take her off the opiate based pain killers. 100%. ....by simply saying 'no more and call us in 4 weeks.' I'm NOT
was it. Just 'make an appointment on your way out and see us back in 4 weeks'. No referral for support. No help. No counseling. No weaning off.
(If I've been an ass at times in the last couple weeks on here, it's because I'm up all hours, day and night to be available in support of someone
I love living through a thing no one ever should have to
That is what prompted me to speak with the Doc I know through the site I work at, as a friend. In just flat out desperation and damn near to the point
of crying that night....
Finally...I got my answer and so did she. January 1st brought new regulations and guidelines meant to curb the abuse and street availability of what
she's been prescribed for a decade. According to him, those "guidelines" have razor sharp teeth behind them for the Doctors and are as unforgiving as
they are brutal to the patients. Basically, *justify* every single case of chronic pain management, as if from scratch
or risk their license to
practice medicine in the extreme cases......but that threat doesn't need to BE extreme case for a doctor to take it as serious as she's suffering for
It's why her doctor's office has temporary computer generated signs all over the walls about how ONLY primary care docs can even DISCUSS chronic pain
management or dispensing Rx to treat it. The waiting room had at least a half dozen of these home-printed signs and more in the exam rooms and
hallways, lest we would think it was anything personal. Impersonal it sure is. TOO impersonal and brutally so, IMO.
(Anything further in detail to the above I'll be happy to discuss in real time chat here or elsewhere ..or U2U, but indeed...there are issues for
getting any more detailed, as you note)
He *never* (sorry...correction here) mentioned it by name but then, he was sharing information with me as a friend and by no means a formal medical
consult or advice (sadly..even he, in THAT setting, felt compelled to say more than once.
) However, it's probably what he was talking about in
everything being monitored 6-ways from Sunday and putting their license at risk for second guessing chronic pain management courses and decisions
Heya! It's amazing how many good folks I'm getting to know fresh over the recent weeks.. Glad to add another to my friends list.
edit on 5-2-2013 by Wrabbit2000 because: minor correction.