... with pain?
Fentanyl - Due to my Pain PA unprofessional attitude, I have been trying to find a doctor to help me
- 13 Jul 2013 by lupine
- 22 July 2013
- pain, fentanyl, chronic pain, doctor, pain management
Added 13 Jul 2013:
alternative to fentanyl patches that are not nsaid,
how to deal with non professional doctors/PA?
Hello Lupine and welcome to DC. I am not sure I am following you here. I get that you had a bad experience with a doctor's PA. I have only met "1" in my life that was worth her weight in gold. So, you are looking for an alternative to Fent. Patches and there are so many. Without knowing anything about you and your pain, I really couldn't say what would be good for you. Secondly, you will have to find another pain management doctor if you don't like who you are seeing. However, they are getting fewer and fsr between. On the other hand, if what you are asking is for alternative treatments then that is something else. Can you clarify, please?
It's very hard to find pain drs nowadays. I know people who are having to travel 2-3 hours once a month. Can you wean yourself off your meds? I cut up my Fentanyl patches now that there isn't a reservoir of medication. Just gradually take more off - slowly. And I would ask for Physical Therapy. They can recommend to your dr that he get you a TENS unit. They aren't very expensive - I bet you could buy one on EBay, but you wouldn't get electrodes paid by your insurance company - and that adds up $$. Have you tried Lyrica, Cymbalta or Savella? Usually pain drs are pushing those. I hope you find what you need - even if you have to make the best of.a bad situation and have to stay where you are. Regards -.EJ23
Hello lupine, I have some thoughts here for you to consider. I have an implant attached to my spine with the battery and wires neatly buried within the right side of my buttocks. Nothing shows on the outside. The purpose of this neuromodulator implant is to circumvent the pain signals my brain is getting. Instead of pain your brain gets the impulses from the implant which is more like an internal vibration which isn't unpleasant at all. It does cover a good deal of my pain which originates from my back. It doesn't cover bone-type pain but having some of the other pain "neutralized", the other pain is more manageable. I am still on narcotics... just not as much as I used to take nor do I find myself constantly taking more than I need.
Secondly, there are chiropractics (I have one) who practice alternative forms of therapy. Mine does kinesiology and other energy work. My husband has been seeing him for about 20 years... me only about 7 years consistently. He sees things within me that have helped me tremendously as far as musculoskeletal workings go plus recommends supplements and nutrients that have helped put this body of mine on a better course for optimum results.
Another thought here is acupuncture. I have had some limited positive results but I know other people who swear by it for pain relief.
Aquatherapy is something else I do to decompress my spine which also takes pressure off my joints.
There is no one thing that works best or better but putting all of these things together have given me tremendous relief. Another thing my chiropractic impressed upon me was to give up most grains, starches and refined sugar. By doing that, I no longer wake up in the morning with the sensation of burning feet and a headache that won't quit.
I hope your journey through enlightenment opens new doors for you and alternative treatments and other methods of therapy.
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