I agree with newfibro girl. Years ago when I was much younger and in 7th or 8th grade I had a pediatric pain doctor who refused to give me anything for my pain and treated me poorly. My pain specialist I see now treats me like a daughter, he even called personally to our house just to see how I was doing after a nerve block procedure. He doesn't force things and respects my boundaries. I really think you need a new doctor. The one you see now is a quack, you should be getting help and medication and you shouldn't be told to deal with it. A caring doctor would let you try some medications or talk to some that may be of the most help to you and ask if you want to try them.
HummingBird, If your doctors aren't helping you is time to fire them and find new ones. My pain care specialist is great. Try relaxing baths or showers, with relaxing music. It may not alleviate the pain but it can take the edge off, especially if you are stressed. Stress increases pain.
If this doc (s) isn't helping, do you know your diagnoses? I also have a rheumatologist, endocrinologist, pulmonologist, allergist, pelvic floor specialist, urologist, cardiologist, gastroenterologist, gynecologist, psychiatrist and neurologist... All because my pcp wanted to chalk all m complaints up to "you're getting older." Bull! 🐂. I have a true medical issue(s) being treated by each of these specialists. I'm sorry you're not getting help. I'll say a prayer you will find the best doctors for your needs. 🙏🌼
Just don't think about it?!?! Really?! Thats just so easy for people who don't have to deal with pain .. makes you want to kick them in the knee really hard then say .. now you try not to think about that. . Deal with it!
I'm so sorry you are in pain hummingbird and that you have to deal with a doc like that. I agree with the others. Sometimes we have to keep looking until we find the right doctors. Its not fun but its worth it in the end.
I went to 2 pain clinics who told me there is nothing more they can do for me so I can relate. The one told me that in the medicine world a medication only has to work 33 percent for it to be an effective treatment. I was also told not to "dwell" on the pain as it only makes it worse and to not think about it all the time. Seems like they think I am crazy which I would be if I did dwell on the pain. I try to do things like play games on my phone to keep my mind busy. In theory it does nothing for my pain but does seem like a very small portion can be tuned out.
First, find a more understanding doctor. They are stressing you out which will make the pain worse. Hydrotherapy can be good for all over body pain because it takes off the pressure when you float. Alternative therapies can be very good. I had treatment from a wonderful chiropractor who saved me from chronic back pain and another hip operation. Recently I had a couple of sessions of Craniosacral therapy which a friend paid for as a birthday gift. That was the best thing ever- I'd never felt so good. Nutrition has helped me a lot too. (Another thing the doctors don't prescribe!) sugar and processed carbohydrates (anything that turns to blood sugar very quickly) sets off the inflammatory process in the body which raises pain levels. I have been to so many doctors, specialists, pain clinic, Physio etc and the best results I have gained through my own research into nutrition and some alternative therapies. The DIY approach!