... any kind of pain meds from drs, anyone else with this problem? Something happens to the PCP when I mention the RA-they put their pen away. I have been to 2 drs in the past and only reported my OA along with MRI's and xrays and they were more than happy to give me whatever I asked for. The most recent dr I visited even suggested I see a surgeon regarding my back (this is the second dr to mention this) but would only give me Gabapentin because of the RA. Does anyone else have this problem? My OA is pretty advanced also-I am only 38 and have been on disability for a year now. I was initially diagnosed with RA, OA, and Fibro at age 35 and have had IBS since age 14. I don't know what to do because I need the RA meds but at the same time some sort of pain relief
Hi, yes I also have the same problem. I have celiac diease, fibro, RA, and bursitis in both hips. I could barely get the doctor to give me oral prednisone for bursitis. I am at a loss as to who to see or where to go but struggling to get through each day, I can't seem to get through to any of my doctors.
Hi friendless, ( & you are NOT friendless). Welcome to the site. You are among a lot of people here that suffer from your same conditions. I would suggest you ask your PCP to refer you to a rheumatologist & a pain specialist. Depending on where you live, the pain specialist may be your best bet for getting some relief for your pain. They are coming down hard on doctors right now for writing scripts for pain meds, but you most definately qualify for help with your pain. Start with the rheumatologist so that your conditions are all verified, & ask him for a referral to a Pain Specialist. If you live in the States, some of the states like Pennslyvania & Florida are very hard to get pain medications, but most of the others are ok as long as you have the correct paperwork & tests, x-rays etc... proving you definately need these medications. I wish you the best, & stay with us for support...
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