I'm wondering if you're being treated with PT because you're still in the post- op recovery from either of the fusions.
Unfortunately, whatever the reason, albeit appropriate, violating our med contract or agreement (I'm going to suspect that you had a contract as you were probably urine tested and this commonly means contracted) can be this proverbial "kiss of death".
It sounds as if you realize that taking the Valium was a mistake, but, opiates and benzo mix can be dangerous, so your MD wasn't out of line for refusing to treat you.
Of course, you need to find a new pain management MD.
If you're recent post- op, you may experience less pain as you heal.
Please stay in touch with us and tell us how you're doing, if/ when you've found a new pain management MD, etc.
As an RN, I am familiar with the objective/ observable manifestations of pain.
Is that what the computer is programmed to do, interpret physical manifestations of persons in pain?
If so, I find this disturbing, as health care professionals should be able to assess and document these things without the need for a computer program.
This computer program would cause even more distance between persons experiencing pain and possibly cause more pain.
If my pain is at a pain number 7, and the computer says it is a 4-5, which level would the MD treat?
Personally speaking, of course, I'd rather that health care professionals pay more attention to his/ her patients subjective experience than a computer program spitting out a number.
Also, people like us, who live with daily chronic pain, often don't exhibit the same measurable signs of pain, as we have learned to incorporate pain sensations into our activities of daily living.
I don't think that I grimace with pain any more, and my vital signs don't change too much, other than elevated pulse.
My normal heart rate is on the slow side, so an elevation of pulse to, perhaps 80 beats per minute is still considered within the normal range.
For me, however, that is highly elevated and related to pain.
A computer could miss this, as it is within normal limits, but a skilled practitioner who has worked with me, or read my history, would know that is quote elevated and related to pain.
Of course, a computer program could possibly recognize more subtle signs that a human may miss.
I suppose the objective information, such as computer program assessment of pain, would only be as value able as the professional who integrates this information with the patient's subjective experience.
And I would be concerned about an inanimate scale of a subjective event.
If the program is able to identify some factor, humans must have programmed that factor into the computer program.
I think I should read the article before I make any more comments, but until then, I'm wondering what is the substance, behavior, chemistry op that the computer program is actually measuring,View Thread