I've been dealing with chronic joint and back pain for a few years now and have tried the usual physical therapy, chiropractors/sports-medicine, exercise, diet, etc, etc. However, over the past several months (since my car accident, a high-speed head-on which totaled my SUV) it's become impossible to ignore and I've ended up seeking treatment and trying to actually determine what's at the root of the issue - but also trying to relieve the pain.
My GP sent me to an ortho, the ortho sent me to a rheumatologist, the rheumatologist sent me to pain management, etc, etc, etc. Throw in a few physical therapists, psychiatrists, pyschologists, etc.
The rheumatologist says I have fibromyalgia. We tried several different medications (all of which I'd tried over the years) to no avail. Psychotropic medications tend to render me unable to function, even at doses well below the typical therapeutic minimum. Anti-inflammatories don't help much at all. The only thing that DOES help is actual pain medication, but when I mention this I'm told that it's dangerous and unnecessary/unethical and that I'm drug seeking, or that I should just deal with it - that "aches and pains" are just part of getting older.
I desperately want to know what's causing this and I want a permanent solution, if possible, but in the near-term I need someone who understands that I can't be in pain day and night. I don't know what to say beyond what I already have, I don't know how to make my point more clear - it doesn't feel like anyone listens, or cares to listen.
The last time I saw my GP, she brought a print-out from the state's central prescription registry and said "Hey, you're only 31 and you've gotten 3 prescriptions for narcotics. This is really bad."
How can I effectively communicate my pain to my physicians without garnering the (seemingly) automatic "drug-seeking" response?