I had my pain clinic app with the specialist nurse and I've come out with mixed emotions about it.
The nurse is lovely and she takes the time to listen and tries to understand, she herself doesn't have chronic pain and she admits that she couldn't even begin to comprehend what it's like ( I prefer when people say that rather than trying to preach what is best for me ).
When I was explaining how I've been recently and what meds I'm on ( there's been a couple of changes since the last time I saw her ) she was surprised. I then explained about Jo being dx with diabetes, then the message my ex husband sent to my cousin, the argument with my dad then what my GP said about me probably having Post Trumatic Stress disorder (I'm not sure that I've been formal dx with it yet? ), having cbt counselling, my doctor referring me to the community mental health nurse and the Pediatric Diabetic Team referring us as a family to the Early Intervention team (they will assess us and see if there's any help they can offer us or if there's a particular agency they can get involved to help us as a family) and my doctor ordering a load of blood tests to make sure there isn't something medically wrong.
She was happy that I'm actively trying to seek help and trying things like lavender oil in the diffuser, Reiki and hopefully after Christmas acupuncture and osteopathy, depending on finances I'd like to do both but probably one or the other. She thought the best thing was my GP referring me to the community mental health nurse.
I also showed her this app and the graph it produces and like my GP she thought it was great and that it shows how everything is interlinked and to keep up with the app. She's not changing any of my doses as I said I need to function when I can for the kids and I seem to be too sensitive to higher doses of meds.
The point that gave me mixed emotions is when I asked her about ME, fibromialga and lupus. she said that the meds I'm on can give symptoms of these conditions and that it's probably that which is causing some of what I've been having trouble with even tho I've been on the amitriptyline and morphine mst for over a year now!
Is that correct????
I'm not sure....everything seems to be blamed on the meds without any real concern with how to address it....