I am thinking about asking my neurologist the next time I see him.That I just went to the hospital the other day and now have a serious back condition that causes me severe pain and I think I would benefit better.If I were to go to a pain mangement specialist for my pain and here for my other health problems.Do you think that is a good line to say??It always says when I am in his office on the tv.If you need to be reffered to another specialist please let your doctor know.The people at the hospital said I'm still real young and don't think I need to go there yet.I think I do and also they gave me 12 lortabs and told me I should follow up with my PCP.My PCP isn't going to prescribe me the lortab from the hospital.I don't know about some of them people in the ER sometimes.They all seem like they are just horseplaying alot.Well I really need advice on how to get into pain management and what is the best way to do it.
my family dr referred me to pain management. sometime your family dr will do your pain maganagement for you. mine did, until some mix up. thats when her referred me to pain mageangement. just be straight up. tell them that ur back is f-d up and u need to see a pain specialist... unless your physician is willing to try it out and manage ur pain. i got more pain meds when i went to my family dr than i did when i went to my pain management dr. i wish you the best care possible babe! its hard to find!
If you are not getting anyplace with your PCP, you might want to try and see a good psychologist/psychiatrist, they do and will sometimes refer patients to the pain management clinics, I have a few friends who have gone to their PCP and have maintained that the Dr. just seems to give up on them and let them suffer in the their pain. Pain does not begin nor start with "AGE:< where in heavens name did he pull that excuse from?? Amazes me sometimes. Be as assertive as you can be without being angry, and this is one situation that angers many people with chronic pain. I am one.. so I do know how you feel...
If your pain is keeping you from ADL's, or activites of daily living, sleeping, walking or just maintaining some normalcy in your life, then pain mangement would appear to be the route to take. I am not a Doctor, I do not know your history, however, if they review what is going on with your physical history, then I see no reason why it should prevent you from recieving the proper pain management. I wish you all the luck in the world, and will hold out some hope that you can get some relief for your pain. Good luck friend... you may need it :)
Go see your general doctor and ask for referal some PM's will take you without referal as long as you have money or insurance. I personally looked for my own PM and didnt get a referal i thought it was a good idea just to have my MRI's and we could go from there. All the pain doctors really need is info on your injury not what other doctors think of you.
Since this doctor thinks you are "too young" you need to let him know that chronic pain does not discriminate depending on age and you feel that a pain specialist could possibly help you. You need to make sure that the pain management doctor you see is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist as that is the most important degree one can have to help you. Even with pain management you may have to see a surgeon that specializes in the back however at your age I don't recommend back surgery as most people find they are much worse off after than before. A good surgeon will tell you this.
I was too young at 31 when I was injured, disabled for life with a disease with no cure that spreads and diagnosed by both an Orthopedic surgeon and a great pain management doctor. I knew because of my age and that my condition was for life that even though I was put on prescription opiates for pain relief to give me back any function or quality of life that I had to remain on the lowest doses possible for as long as possible as it's now over 11yrs later and I've remained on the same dose for 9 of 11yrs. We are all different in pain and how pain affects our lives. Don't compare yourself to others and try to remain the highest level of function and quality without going on stronger and stronger pain meds. Start looking for natural ways to also help your pain.
I just went through all of this, so I feel for you. I was afraid of what my doctors would think of me if I asked for pain medicine, even though I have very real problems that cause real pain. I had to go to several doctors before I got reffered to the right PM. Hopefully you don't have to go through all of this! You have a right to be treated for your pain, just be firm with your doctors and ask them for a referral. Make sure you get a Pm that treats you with meds and not just shots. If you don't like your first PM, you have a right to a second opinion. I have a Phychiatrist and he told me the same thing I am telling you. If you run into any of the negativity I did, just write to me and I will help all I can. Just don't give up, I didn't and now I am with-out pain and have a doctor who doesn't judge me..Good Luck! Sweetpea
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