... back surgeries and I am just trying to find a new pain management doc that will keep me at a dose that works. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated I live in upstate NY. I have tried everything , injections, spinal stimulator, different kinds of medication and the one that works best is the oxycodone.
It is not easy to find a good pain doctor. My first one was a quack. After my pain returned after my second back surgery I searched the reviews of pain doctors and found a great one. It took a while but my pain is muchbetter right now with her. There have been time when she offered a dose increase but I declined until the ain got worse. O check the reviews with a bit of caution because they could go on and load fake reviews.
Oxycodone is a marvellous pain reliever but sadly with the current war on drugs, pain management doctors are being a bit stingy (for want of a better word) and are applying daily limits which, on the face of it, seems unreasonable to me. After 7 back surgeries you would think that someone would listen to you.
I wish you the best in your search.
I'd try and stay away from the big centers or University clinics.
They have turned these empathetic resources for people to go for help with chronic pain.
They seem more like Methadone clinics of the past. tbe doctors are wanna-be cops. My first experience I hazard the director. I brought my husband as a witness which required a day off of work and a two hour drive.
I needed him because i get so anxious trying to get years of info explained within my 15 min allotted time.
The director spent the whole time talking about how he works with the DEA.
I made it through a year and ended up having PTSD from the experience.
If I said the med worked he decreased so I'd have a miserable month. If it didn't work he changed the classification.
He dropped my oxy 60% one month and I went home (husband out of town) and I went into withdrawals. I hard a seizure, fell out of bed and had a black eye. The next day my. Leg went num and I broke my leg.
Try and find a single practioner who still has the patient as his focus.
The philosophy of pain management is
"Pain is what the patient says it is."
I think the AMA should be ashamed of themselves for letting the government control our health care.
It's important to take an important person with you . A family member is best. Have them describe how your life has been affected.
You should get a notebook and start journaling on your pain history and your daily status. Having the info written down will keep your anxiety level down. Track your pain numbers throughout the day. What makes it worse and what makes it better.
What's especially important is how it's affecting your sleep and appetite.
Make sure your affect is appropriate . People tend to hold in their pain. Don't do this! Let him see your grimacing when you move or moan if your in pain.
These are what they need to justify your need for pain meds.
They are probably going to have you sign a contract. Do NOT get pain meds anywhere else including the doctor or ER without calling him first. They use this to boot you out of their service. It makes it almost impossible to get accepted into another pain management center. You will be written as being a non-compliant patient.
One more thing... Do not EVER take more than prescribed and call requesting more even if it's been stolen.
The contract works both ways though.
If your rights are violated, take it to a lawyer !
You are the customer and you know what they say about being always right.
No one knows your pain except you.
If the meds don't get you to an acceptable level, call and ask for an appointment or phone visit. Too many people are waiting another two months to their next visit.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease !
DO the pain diary ! It takes the stress of remembering when your in a pain crisis.
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