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Taking pain medication at a young age for chronic pain and disease!

May 02, 2016 8:51 AM

I feel like doctors should be more Vigilant in examining young patient with chronic pain problems or severe injuries because if I would have been properly evaluated I wouldn't be 33 years old permanently disabled with a knee replacement stuck on pain medication for the rest of my life

May 02, 2016 9:24 AM

Yup, I hear you! At 15, many docs think "you're just a drug seeking teenager..."

May 02, 2016 2:18 PM

When I was 14 I had a severe knee injury that made it so I could hardly walk for weeks, and lost range of motion, with frequent dislocations. My GP sent me to a orthopedic surgeon, and he ignored all of my symptoms and said that a lot of girls my age had knee pain. That was not knee pain. I actually had a torn PCL, and because I didn't have proper recovery, treatment, PT, whatever, I now have a permanent bum knee at the age of 20. It sucks and I think that some doctors are plain crappy. They need to listen to the symptoms, and actually treat diagnosis as the science it is.

May 02, 2016 3:37 PM

I agree with all of you. My condition started at 14 and and 17 my condition has improved a little and is getting worse again. I feel like very few doctors listened to me but I've finally found good doctors. I've always had a good GP (though it took him a long time to come around and refer me) and eventually after about 10 A&E visits by ambulance, one of the best paediatricians in the universe came along. It took a long time but she ended up helping me with everything.
I feel like I'm rambling and I'm tired so if you would like me to continue post on here or private message me

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May 02, 2016 3:44 PM

Your right Deann, some doctors really suck at their job. They send you down the road in the name of not wanting to doing needless procedures. But that could be at great cost to us in the future as it did you. If that was the case unless he was just an idiot. I would rather them be careful then being the cutting corners doctor. It not like it is his life he is messing with. It is not like we really even want his money either. We would rather have our health.

May 02, 2016 4:20 PM

What did they miss when you were younger? Is the knee replacement causing you pain, or is it another joint?

May 02, 2016 4:27 PM

I was started on prescription pain meds when I was about 16 and I've still not found one which works with minimal side effects, I'm lucky in that mg GP is amazing and wants me to be in less pain so is trying me on things I shouldn't even have for another few months, if the doctors had taken me seriously ten years ago when I was laid awake screaming in agony, I might have found one by now, but because I was only 7/8, they attributed it to growing pains and me being a wuss, some doctors suck 😕

May 02, 2016 4:40 PM

What are 'growing pains' and why do doctors trot out that expression every time they don't know what's going on? I heard that as a child. It doesn't mean anything, and is damaging to the patient. If you don't know, just say you don't know and let a new doc have a go. I'm glad you have a GP who is taking you seriously. I hope this means you're on the road to a more pain free life!

May 02, 2016 4:43 PM

I know, it was infuriating and has led to me having anxiety problems with what's going on in my body now, I never know whether it's something or nothing, at the moment I've had to stop my painkillers because they were causing memory problems which isn't particularly helpful when I have exams in 3 weeks, he's given me local anaesthetic patches to help the worst places though 😞

May 02, 2016 9:31 PM

I tore my ACL and meniscus 4 years ago I slipped on the ice I was just released from prison and that's exactly how my Dr treated me they were giving me corticosteroid shots in my knee monthly for 2 years by the time I had my first knee surgery a little over a year ago I developed Chondromalasia which is mushy bones after 3 failed surgeries I had no choice but to have a replacement I had a fall two months post op and I've had pain ever since

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