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Mar 04, 2016 2:54 AM

I have bad pain in my back, shooting pain in my arms and legs, occasional headaches, SI JT pain and insomnia among other things. My (ex) Dr just threw meds at me and it took almost a year to get sent to a pain clinic. My Dr started me out on only 5/325mg oxy and I went from 2 a day to 5 a day, maybe more, because they stopped working and then when I told her I was gaining an immunity to it and needed more or stronger meds she dropped me. The pain clinic Dr just told me that without a DX he can't do anything for me. I was wondering if anyone in Pierce County Washington state knows of any actual good doctors that will listen to you and try to actually figure out what's wrong with you, I can't travel much and my car is about done. When I called the referral line they only gave me about 3 numbers and I can't find reviews for them online anywhere. I really need a Dr that will do their job, I've been doing this for about 5 or 6 years with 5 different doctors.

Mar 04, 2016 6:10 AM

So sorry Ee for your suffering. I hope you reported that doctor for that outburst. How unprofessional!, unfortunately I live in another state so I can not help you on that. I wonder why it is so difficult to manage our pain. Have you tried anything else in addition to pain medication?

Mar 04, 2016 6:47 AM

you have to go back to the pain clinic and if you have better analysis and DX can require that you attend and if you do not want to care is negligence

Mar 04, 2016 10:29 AM

I'd much rather not hip back to any clinic that treated me like I'm lying about being in pain just to get pills and won't do their job and help me figure out why I'm hurting.

Mar 04, 2016 11:00 AM

Ee1211, I am sorry that you are hurting so badly. I understand what you are saying about your GP giving you meds and then taking a year to send you to pain management. This doctor has nothing to go on and that is why they started you on such a low dose of medication. I have been in pain almost 23 years, have had 29 surgeries and my pain hovers at about an 8 on a good day. That being said, you need to proactive in your own care. Going to and dumping doctors isn't going to help you achieve your goals. Without proper dx the doctor has nothing to go on. You need to get yourself referrals to see a neurologist, a rheumatologist (or both) along with a good p/t and psychologist. Many of us, myself included, work with a team of doctors. There are tests that need to be run, imaging scans that are needed, blood workups, etc. Also the psychologist to help you cope with the stress and anxiety as you go along. I still to this day see a psychologist to help me through with therapy because this life is not easy. I hope and pray that you are able to get appointments with these doctors to get the ball rolling and get you your proper diagnosis so you can be treated accordingly. You may find that along with meds, that p/t, massage, meditation, biofeedback, acupuncture, specialized yoga for your own pain issues, etc. Doctors are constantly being put down or called unprofessional because they don't give patients what they want or feel they need. It's very hard for them to do their jobs without a positive diagnosis for what is causing your pain AND the government breathing down their necks about dispensing narcotics. I know what it's like, I've gone to doctors and been called a drug seeker and told things were all in my head. It was the hardest time in my life and I had to push through it and find doctors that would send me for the proper tests and scans to help me get to the bottom of why I was in such pain. I am sending you gentle {{{{Hugs}}}} for support and strength to pull you through and prayers that you find the right team of doctors to help you find the source of your pain so you can get the relief that you need and deserve. 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Mar 04, 2016 12:40 PM

Agree with the above. I've actually found some excellent doctors through yelp, Angies List, and Google reviews. My current civilian/Medicare doctor is one my husband also sees, and he is superb, but in Los Angeles. My VA doctor is an NP, and won't prescribe me Tylenol3, which is generally sufficient for my pain. I don't know why she's so resistant, but I do know my back has gone from a mere anomalous lumbar problem 20 years ago to L5 trying to twist out of my spine and escape my body! So preventable and treatable but too late now. Oh well, add it to the list of pain!
Don't stop looking for answers, for a good doctor. We are our own advocates, no one else can tell what we feel daily.

Mar 04, 2016 10:11 PM

Well, are you a junkie? Are you lying?I have a few thoughts on this matter, first let me say "Welcome". I am sorry that you have found yourself in a cycle of pain and estranged from the medical community. Sounds like you might be going through withdrawals/detox now. I understand why the doctor stopped treatment, (if you failed to follow the prescription directions and increased your dosage without consulting him )You mentioned in your post that you wanted a " real"doctor that cares and listens to you, and won't think of you as a "junkie". I don't know what your official diagnosis is, I can understand what the pain med clinic said...the doctor needs a reference point from another doctor regarding your diagnosis... Do you have a Neurologist? Do you have a Rheumatologist? You said in your post that you have had five or six different doctors in five years.. That information is troubling to anyone that will treat you.I am from the medical community, I am not happy to see more doctor bashing on the rise in these topics. I can not tell you in all honesty , hey go find another doctor, sometimes the doctor IS NOT the PROBLEM. When patients have unrealistic expectations of Physicians and expect them to whip out their magic prescription pad or exPect them to diagnose you instantly, the patient gets mad upset etc.I don't know the whole story behind you. Go back to the pain clinic o find a new one. If you do get a new doctor, follow only their directions, do not make any dosage change on your own..we , the human beings that make up the medical community, do not want people to suffer in chronic pain, we chose our professions because we wanted to make a difference. So, the next move is on you...I sincerely hope and pray that you can find relief for all that ails you and you feel loved, valued and precious. Love and Blessings, Terri
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Mar 05, 2016 2:18 AM

Ee my rhuemotolgist is deepika aurora in tacoma she is part of the multicare system. It takes a long time to get in but she seems very knowledgeable. I am not sure if that is close enough.

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