I did forget to say that Miltown in the Soma is a Barbiturate and normally it is recommended that patients be tapered of of the medication.
also if you are looking for a Pain Doctor on your own make sure if you want oral med's as your treatment that the Doctor is not an "Interventionist only" these doctors do not prescribe meds they do internal pain pumps and spine stimulators and surgery to try and correct your pain.
Keep us updated on how things are going for you we are always here for support advice to listen when you need to vent and we have all been there or are going thru it right along with you,thats the important thing to remember you feel alone yet you are one of millions and lots of them are right here .View Thread
i have no small step for man, but i have 6 tires for mankind,Watch your Toes!
You have reopened a 1year old message thread DawnnaBee but you are talking about something that is happening to Pain Patients everywhere everyday across the country because of the Current DEA enforcement actions going on everywhere and the scrutiny they are putting on Doctor's, soon everyone who needs pain medication will only be able to get from Doctor's who have extra training and have attended all the REMS classes on the drugs the are prescribing & I would not be surprised at all in the near future if we the patients where required to take classes on the use of our medications. Taking Soma for 6 years thats a recipe for disaster Baclofen is a much safer medication i use it myself . and being bitter or mad at celebrities who have money to buy and corrupt Dr's to give them whatever they desire is fruitless although i will admit that i dislike the women myself because every year they mark the anniversary of her death with shows about her and all that garbage and i sit alone mourning for something more precious i lost that day my Mother who was not a rich celebrity drug abuser. if you are on Opiods and where taking Soma at the same time Many doctors now know that is a recipe for trouble and are switching people off of one or the other, also concurrent use of Opiates and Benzo's are really fallen into dislike in combination, I am my Pain Management Dr's practice that is allowed to take both because i was able to give her records from my sleep pathologist proving i have severe sleep disorders that can not be controlled or corrected any other way,so i get a pass on the no benzo's rule. and the reason that Soma is not liked to be used with Opiates is because Soma itself has a high abuse potential and when it breaks down in the body a part of it turns into a small dose of the sedative/hypnotic Miltown so Baclofen is going to do the same thing without the sedative and without the high risk of abuse. Your Internist is right if you are now Going to be going to a Pain Managment Clinic you could end up starting back at the "baby aspirin" stage and working your way up , there are NO guarantees that the Pain Management Doctor will want you on the doses or meds you are taking or even think that you need Med's it all depends upon why you are taking them and what kind of documentation and test results and such that you have and also the examination that the Pain Management doctor does, I know on my first visit i had to first see PT,OT,Psychiatrist, Psychologist , Physiatrist, Addiction Therapist, Neurologist, Anesthesiologist, Nurse Practioner THEN if i passed all of those physical exams, questions and answers, i got to see my Pain Management Doctor who was absolutely worth the feeling like theres a circus in town and you are the star of it, i have had her for the last 5 years and would never ever leave her because she truly cares.
so you may have to join the circus to get you meds you may not in any event it's not time for thoughts of self harm it's time of thoughts of forging new relationships and new connections and a healthier you. if you Dr. gave you a Pain Doc to go to your all set if not you can use this link to look for doctors near you that specialize in Pain Care .
i hope everyone uses these sites to empower themselves and get the Best care they can remember as of 2010 which is the newest data i have seen there are 3352 Certified and practicing as Pain Medicine Specialists and there are some 25 million + of us needing care.
Well it like Lyme disease by the time it manifested itself as a problem the tick was long gone and it took a long time for them to figure out what was causing it. And no none of us are measuring or attempting to at all quantify each others level of pain because pain is perceived differently amongst everyone and everyones bodies have different mechanisms and pathways for there pain based on what the actual causative factors are ( if you get poked in the eye and complain to the Doctor your pinky toe is killing you, the doctor is not going to understand) and yes we do all together make up a huge amount of knowledge on pain, medication's, procedures, what to avoid for certain conditions, How to speak to your Doctor, My personal favorite "intent" the difference between addiction and Dependance, side effects, and list goes on and on. well i feel sorry for the fibro people who come here because most of the time they are looking for things that i have no experience or anything to find common ground on to be able to answer them and that bothers me,people who suffer in a unique and odd way that i have nothing to offer them from my years on the job and then now my time as a disabled American.
Yes but caprice Old information does not change look at the work with bacteria 100 years ago we have added to it but the basic facts remain the same, same thing with Penicillin do you think that because we do not actually grow the mold and cultivate the bacteria now , that the original work is hogwash because it is out of date and too old to be valid,50 research years is a blink of an eye 10 years is not even enough time to go to the bathroom, look at diseases we have been pumping money at and have not cured or learned to control yet,The curtain will not fall on Fibro as a Mental or Physical ailment definatively in our lifetime, so why do people bother to fight about it why not read the literature and the studies as they are available and form your own opinion for beter or worse, wrong or right and if you choose to discuss the issue due so with a level head and remember others opinions may differ from your own and for better or worse you need to hear them out as they need to hear you out. Now as to where i stand fibro is a constellation of symptoms that can not yet be fully understood by Physical or Psychiatric issues, Although those with Fibro seem to have a laundry list of Mental health issues pre diagnosis of Fibro from what i have seen, And my opinion is that fibro patients annoy many occupants of this board and to relieve the stress it would be better for them to stay on the fibro board because i have talked to many members and we all are of the opinion that most fibrous worst pain days would be a "great day for us" with no need for break through med's and feeling like you where almost whole again, so that causes agitation.
have been hearing from my Care team that Fibromyalgia is right on the boarder of being classified as somatic and a Mental Health issue rather than neurology or pain management, seems a little strange to me that so many people have it and its all Psychiatrical or its all Physical their must be a mixture of Mental and physical i can not believe that everyone all of a sudden went "nuts" .