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Seeing doctors to manage pain

Jul 23, 2016 11:37 PM

I am just wondering if anyone sees doctors to help manage their pain?
I am due to see the rheumotoid to get an official diagnosis soon
But i just want to know how does everyone manage their flares?
Do you see the rheumotoid then the doctor? Or will the rheumotoid manage your pain?

Jul 23, 2016 11:40 PM

I have pain Doctor who is the first doctor to acknowledge that my pain is real. I am scheduled to see the rHematologist, one I saw years ago and thought I had a few different things. It's quite hard to find good doctors. Good luck!

Jul 24, 2016 12:41 AM

Hi Laalaa,

My understanding is depending on the illness the Rheumatoligist can help manage the pain depending on type of illness. Usually immune or inflammation problems. This could help treat the pain problems. So you may not require a pain specialist. A pain specialist may have a background in anesthesia, neurology, orthopaedics or physical medicine.

I had a Rheumatoligist diagnose fibromyalgia and chronic pain. I am returning just to get a follow up because pain has gotten worse and difficult to treat.

I do have a referral to a pain clinic which I need to wait a year or two to get in. This one is run by an Anaesthetist. Also Physiotherapy, and a psychologist for cognitive therapy are involved. There are certain specialists I need to see before going to pain clinic to rule out things that could be a cause. I have been on many medications. The fact is that I may not be helped with medications so alternate therapies may be needed to help cope. Acceptance of this pain is a big one.

I wish you well figuring out what is going on and the many things that may help or lessen the pain.


Jul 25, 2016 5:02 PM

Laalaa, I see a pain manage men doctor once a month. They check for range of motion, track my symptoms (with the help of this app) and prescribe my pain meds to help me to function. I've been doing to pain management for the last 23 years after becoming addicted to Vicodin and my pain levels were widespread and unexplained. I went through detox, then p/t, o/t, psych therapy, biofeedback, acupuncture, and then they started with different meds like NSAIDs and gabapenten, there was another nerve pain med they gave me that didn't work either I think it was Neurontin. I was put on Cymbalta. All of these had horrible negative side effects and I had to come off. Slowly they introduced controlled amounts of narcotic meds and I felt some relief. I have just enough to take the edge off so I can function. I hope that was helpful to you. All of these things took over 2 years before they gave me any kind of regular pain meds. They start with therapy and other meds first. Some people respond well and some don't. I wish you the very best of luck for a good result. {{{Hugs}}}💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Jul 26, 2016 1:23 PM

Laalaa, My rheumatologist only treats my sjogrens. She referred me to my pain specialist for fibromyalgia & chronic pain management. He was only treating my spine and after 2 yr of epidural steroid injx (ESI's) he referred me back to my PCP. My PCP now provides my gabapentin for fibromyalgia but he referred me to an orthopedic neurosurgeon, who is treating my spine issues; his cohort, an orthopedic specialist in joints, treats my OA and other joint issues (non spine). It's so fun trying to schedule and keep all these appts (with fibro fog)...not! Lol Hugs love & prayers you get a gold & varying rheumy doc, and if needed a pain specialist too! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Jul 28, 2016 12:31 PM

I've been seeing a pain mgt for 10+ years. We had a 3yr run of med trials that SUCKED!!!! Too many side effects :( we finally found a simple combo that helps but they keep pushing "new" meds that I don't want to try. I've found what works, leave me be! It's getting to be a harder fight with all the CDC opiate bull crap but I'm still fighting. Until recently, they've been very helpful though.

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