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Old 04-24-2012, 08:26 PM   #1
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Hi, am only new to forum & have been reading some posts. I have found getting pain management near impossible in Australia. Only just recently and after trying in 4 different states have I come across a caring pain management doctor, and I have finally got some medication working well, this has taken years. Is this a common problem in many countries where people have to fight just to get pain medication?

 
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Welcome! In short, yes unless you have cancer its typically a fight. I think in some ways its good (addiction and the drug trade is already bad enough), but I know plenty of folks who could use pain meds (or a higher dose of them). Pain is a huge problem in this world. It also took me years to get a good treatment as unfortunately my pain is headache which doctors are even less likely to treat with pain meds. I tried everything so finally I found the right doctors and they gave in. Then I became tolerant and they weren't comfortable with raising the doses or even changing the meds so I had to find a pain specialist on my own (my doctor didn't even have anyone to refer me to). Its finally looking up for me and now I think I'm going to have to come off the pain meds to try a procedure I want to do (an implanted nerve simulator). They won't do it while on the meds in case I have hyperalgesia or anything else which would affect it from working. Best wishes.

 
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Welcome to the Boards. Well in the U.S. Pain Management and the treatment of Pain is not a problem. Dr.'s are easy to find and realistic, reasonable treatment is offered. There are many people on this board from the U.K. and Australia and they seem to be doing fine on Pain Management, they've not really mentioned that it's hard to find Dr.s or get treated. Actually you guys down under have narcotic meds in over the counter meds that we in the states can only get by prescription.

It may have something to do with the area you live in, typically rural areas will have less PM docs, but that will be the same anywhere and with any medical specialty.

Another of our old-timers here on the board is JohnStar, I'm pretty sure he's from Australia, you might want to post a message to him if he's around.

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Welcome! In short, yes unless you have cancer its typically a fight. I think in some ways its good (addiction and the drug trade is already bad enough), but I know plenty of folks who could use pain meds (or a higher dose of them). Pain is a huge problem in this world. It also took me years to get a good treatment as unfortunately my pain is headache which doctors are even less likely to treat with pain meds. I tried everything so finally I found the right doctors and they gave in. Then I became tolerant and they weren't comfortable with raising the doses or even changing the meds so I had to find a pain specialist on my own (my doctor didn't even have anyone to refer me to). Its finally looking up for me and now I think I'm going to have to come off the pain meds to try a procedure I want to do (an implanted nerve simulator). They won't do it while on the meds in case I have hyperalgesia or anything else which would affect it from working. Best wishes.
It's not really a big problem. Pain Management treatment is readily available. Chronic Pain is treated just like any other medical problem. You've probably not had much luck because of the type of pain you have. Headache pain usually does not warrant long term LA Pain meds and PM Docs don't like to mess with headaches, so I imagine you had to go through quite a few. But it's not that hard to get treatment for legitimate chronic pain as long as you have the labs, tests and records to prove it.

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Old 04-25-2012, 04:52 AM   #5
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Welcome! In short, yes unless you have cancer its typically a fight. I think in some ways its good (addiction and the drug trade is already bad enough), but I know plenty of folks who could use pain meds (or a higher dose of them). Pain is a huge problem in this world. It also took me years to get a good treatment as unfortunately my pain is headache which doctors are even less likely to treat with pain meds. I tried everything so finally I found the right doctors and they gave in. Then I became tolerant and they weren't comfortable with raising the doses or even changing the meds so I had to find a pain specialist on my own (my doctor didn't even have anyone to refer me to). Its finally looking up for me and now I think I'm going to have to come off the pain meds to try a procedure I want to do (an implanted nerve simulator). They won't do it while on the meds in case I have hyperalgesia or anything else which would affect it from working. Best wishes.
Thank you for the welcome & I hope the procedure works for you. I agree with you that pain is a huge problem in this world, we have had national pain days here & it's costing the country $$$ with people not being able to work due to chronic pain. It also causes many other problems for people ie, feeling redundant etc. Best wishes to you too.

 
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Hi katlin09 & thanks for the welcome.
to see a caring dr or pain dr it also depends on what state you in are in this country. Some of course are broker than others, but basically this isn't a very caring nation. We have never had public dental services, many people are in heaps of pain with rotten or no teeth, it's only if you have private health insurance that you can then get good treatment, or fluke good treatment through the public health system. I have mostly for over 4 decades had the bad treatment. Cheers

 
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Ahh, good old standardized public health care. And I'm assuming that they make private Insurance so expensive it's impossible to get for the average person. Hold on to that Dr., follow all the rules to a T and don't let him get a way. It sounds like you don't have many options to fall back on. Which is really sad, and it kind of blows me away that this is the year 2012 and there are still countries where its hard to get good healthcare. And lack of Dentistry??? In the U.S. they've actually had to start limiting the number of Dentists allowed to graduate each year as we have too many dentists practicing. I'd get it if we were talking about a 3rd world country, but Australia??? To not have access to a dentist, that just makes no sense.

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Ahh, good old standardized public health care. And I'm assuming that they make private Insurance so expensive it's impossible to get for the average person. Hold on to that Dr., follow all the rules to a T and don't let him get a way. It sounds like you don't have many options to fall back on. Which is really sad, and it kind of blows me away that this is the year 2012 and there are still countries where its hard to get good healthcare. And lack of Dentistry??? In the U.S. they've actually had to start limiting the number of Dentists allowed to graduate each year as we have too many dentists practicing. I'd get it if we were talking about a 3rd world country, but Australia??? To not have access to a dentist, that just makes no sense.

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Hi Kat, we are fairing just the same as the rest of the world with the gfc, but of course our politicians aren't saying that! Cheers

 
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