Re: Any good Websites?
I guess I did not explain myself quite well enough. When I have had to switch drs., before I make an appointment I checked to see if the doctor thought FMS was a valid Dx. So that is why I have not met one that will NOT give the dx if appropriate.
I do not like the dx of FMS, although I have an extremely bad case of it. I felt that when I was dx'ed with FMS that the doctors had decided that they were tired of running tests on me and once they give the dx they stop testing and looking for any other dx that may be correct.
The need for correct medication is another story, my dr rhumy has me on high (?) doses of opiates, NOW. but he started me on many other non narcotic meds and increased doses slowly and ordered the opiates only as a last resort.
If you are not getting your pain management needs met by your doctor, as I said, by all means find another doctor who will medicate you properly. Make sure you bring the new doctors all you medical records with the meication regieme that you have been on. This way he may not feel the need to repeat any regiemes that you have already tried. I would ask him on the first visit, "if it becomes apparent that I need strong meds, are you confortable Rx'ing narcotic pain meds."
If he is not confortable Rxing you the meds ,that you MAY need, then keep looking. But it is delicate because he may hear your request as a avenue to get narcotics rather than appropriate pain medication.
Doctors that Rx narcotic pain meds must do so in triplicate and are audited on occasion so they are not Rx'ing narcotics inappropriatly. Some drs will not Rx them just to avoid the possible hassel.
I have been on opiate pain meds for about 3-4 years and will remain on them for life. The biggest problem I had was that I am an alcoholic (I have been sober for 27+years ) and would never take the meds the dr rx'ed. I always took the bare minimum fearing a repeat of past history. The doctors were always complaining to me that I was not taking enough pain meds.
Finally one doctor explained that 'chronic pain sufferers rarely abuse their pain meds'
So now I take the exact amount of pain meds that the dr. rx's. Again, I am dependant on mood altering drugs, but I am dependant on them, I am not addicted to them. Different mindset (we can go into later)
again I am babbling, if I explained myself good. If not ask again and I will try to explain a different way
"It's nice to be important, but its more important to be nice"
- - Sol Bornstein 1920-2003