Doctors here in Kentucky are like that too. They look that comes on their faces when you even mention the word "pain" is almost comical. I thought it was just the doctors here but apparently it's becoming that way every where. My pain specialist is very good though, but I have to take those stupid steroid injections again. I've already had all three, they don't help, I know that, he knows that, but it's got to be done again.
I think it's just a money racket. Medicare pays out the nose for those stupid shots that don't do anything to relieve any pain, just cause more. My gp set up physical therapy as well (they wanted me to see the Chiropractor too but I nixed that immediately) but she didn't show me any exercise or stretches that I don't already do at home so I saw no sense in going back and wasting my money on copays two or three times a week for something I already do at home for free. I even showed the "therapist" a stretching exercise she's never seen. It was pitiful.
I hope you, and every body, has a less pain week!!View Thread
oh! I didn't know that!! I'm so sorry, I guess I should have read all the rules. I didn't mean anything by it, I've never been to that place, just did a google search. Since I live in Southeastern Kentucky, thought the original poster might find their site useful.
I'm with Beth and Dennis on this. Whatever it takes for the doctor to treat me, even if it's just to get a little relief. Right now I'd kill for just 5 minutes but that's another story. Entirely.
I have Medicare and I pay $25.00 a month for the urine drug screen, on top of my copay. It doesn't seem like a lot, but when you're on a limited income, every dollar needs to be accounted for. Since you don't require the regular use of narcotics for your pain, maybe you should talk to your doctor about putting you on some different meds...??View Thread
I'm sorry you're going through this. It's infuriating when Doctors won't take the time to LISTEN to us. I had one like that, about 6 years ago. He was in and out. I decided to stand in front of the door when he came in. At the time, I was also seeing a worker's comp doctor for my carpal and cubital tunnel. But had to see my own doctor for the shoulder and back pain.
The doctor was always in and out so I blocked his exit and told him that we either can talk about what's going on with me, or I can find another doctor who would be happy to help me. I also told him that since I had a scheduled appointment, he was going to sit down and listen to me whether he liked it or not. He apologized of course and actually sit down. We had a long discussion about my pain and he set up appointments for X Ray's and MRI's.
From then on, he would come in and sit down, open his laptop up, (everything was electronic in their office). Of course, the X Ray's had to come first, then the MRI but things stared working out better than they were.
I changed from that office when my youngest was 13 (she's not 17) He treated her for IBS for five months. He didn't do an ultra sound on her because all X Ray's showed she wasn't emptying her colon. I changed her to an actual peds doctor who diagnosed her with gallstones. Her gallbladder was FULL of stones and she had to have surgery. (Yes he is still alive)
Be firm and tell your doctor you need to talk to him about your pain. If he doesn't listen to you, it's time to find a doctor who will.
Sorry for the long post. I do tend to ramble at times
No I didn't realize that. I don't use a big chain pharmacy, I use one of MANY small pharmacies around town. I haven't noticed anything posted in the store about HIPPA laws there., but will keep an eye out.
Hi Grace, yes I use a tube sock, men's size, white, it went to my guys knee which he hates LOL! You can use any regular men's sock. make sure you either tie the opening very well or sew it together. I didn't sew mine together, just had him tie it for me. You change the rice, any kind of white rice, every three to 6 months depending on how often you use it.
my girls made fun of me the first time I made one but now they use it too! LOLView Thread
Do you live in Kentucky? I swear it's almost becoming an epidemic on how Doctors treat chronic pain patients anymore. I really wish they would teach more about chronic pain patients in med school, and teach the med students how to be compassionate and to NOT jump to conclusions about a patient who complains of pain.
My PM specialist is a great one and I appreciate him and his office so much. The only bad thing I have to do (again) is to take the shots over.
I've already had them, and won't go into the story about why I have to take them again here, but needless to say, I have to have the three rounds again. They don't help, I know they don't help, the doctor knows they don't help, but he says it's a requirement that they try different methods of treatment when treating chronic pain patients.
Some recommend that patients keep a pain diary, and take it to each appointment. You can also write questions you'd like to ask in it so they would be handy in case you forgot.
Try talking to him, explain that you get no relief whatsoever with the shots and you are ready to try something different. Maybe changing medications or starting them. Tell him how you hurt.
If that doesn't work, you might have to look into changing to another PM Specialist.
They were prescribing my daughter's Aunt the Norco 10/350 or whatever it was for her lupus and other things I won't mention. They were Watson brand at first, and she did very well with them regarding her pain levels.
The last time she got her prescription filled (last week) they were different and she asked the pharmacy tech about them. They said the brand was changed because it was cheaper. The brand was Mallinckroft, I think that's how you spell it.
She took the meds home and took them. Her pain level went down maybe one degree she said. And she was hurting really bad and didn't understand why a manufacture change would make any difference. She said might as well take a Tylenol for all the good it did to her. So she called her doctors office and spoke with the PA there. Aunt B took the meds back to the doctor's office and they wrote her out another prescription and specified Watson brand only.
She's doing much better now, but they couldn't tell her why there was that much difference in what company produced the medication.View Thread