So last year when my pain really started flaring I started to go to a pain clinic. However, I don't have a car and the clinic takes an hour each way on the bus, plus appointment time, and so it was really sapping my spoons. It felt like most of the treatments were unhelpful and expensive, and their therapist told me I was being very negative, when the therapist I'd been seeing for years was lauding me for being functional at all. After my appointment with their godawful psych the doctors treated me differently. With the fall and more flares I've got to start seeing doctors regularly again and I'm just not looking forward to this pain clinic, but I worry I won't be taken as seriously if I tell my doctors I want to do meds (potentially very strong ones) and PT through something other than this dedicated pain clinic. I'm not seeking drugs (most opiates and opioids make me hella sick) but I worry that I'll be forced to go through this clinic or not be taken seriously. What experiences have you guys had? I'm seeing a rheumatologist and I love my GP, but the clinic was expensive and exhausting last time around.