I'm in pain no matter what, but I'm not sure whether I should see my specialists in absolute pain or normal as it is now with a cocktail of meds.
I absolutely know what I need to make me flare up, e.g. Leaning forward for 1 minute is simple enough to get me flaring right away. Maybe don't take my meds for that day showing the specialist how bad the pain can be on any given day? I'm not sure whether making your own self suffer not taking any meds would show in a scan even.
I'm very lost with how I should see my specialist. If I show him the pain I'm in, maybe he might look into it further? I'm travelling across a continent to see him so I really need to know what's going on inside me. I really don't know. Any input is welcomed.
If it were me, I go in to see both pain management and ortho not medicated at all. But after reading your post, it might be wise to either cut your dose of pain med(if you have any) in half and try to get by on just what is needed for traveling. Airplane seats are notoriously hard on those of us who deal with back pain or an kind of pain. Just a suggestion.
I reach my destination few days before the appointment. If I don't take medicine for the day, I'll suffer heaps. Since I'm not driving, maybe it's something I should do?
I want them to See the real me with pain....with my cocktail, I get 8 hrs of work done. Without them, kind of bed ridden. Maybe take minimal dosage on the day or just take something take can just take the edge off to get there?
I have found if you have a pain doctor that really listens and hears you that you do not need to go without me do to show your pain. Bring this log with you, email it ahead of time to your doctor. Let the doctor see your normal pain, is this ahead doctor you know or a first visit? Try writing down everything you want him to know so you don't forget anything or get off track, leave the paper with your doctor. Let them know you ahead nothing really done being ahead nothing really guinea pig and need relief NOW. I hope this helps you, if you can give more details it is easier to give less vague info. Good luck
Octobot, I wouldn't do without to the point of severe suffering that could take days to recuperate from. I agree with smilemom, a good doc will gather as much from your documentation.
And it could backfire if you are in severe pain. When my Cymbalta was causing suicidal thoughts and very extreme pain, my pain doc took one look at my pain and tears and sent me to a psych doc. If course it turned out for the best because the cymbalta was to blame, but if hate for you to go through that type reaction when your meds aren't too blame. I'm so lucky in meds allergies and sensitivities... Not! Lol
You do what you think is best. You're in my prayers. 🙏🌼