I just read an old post with the title "medication list". This was a very eye opening post!
I was told by my pain management dr that after taking Vicodin 7.5 mgs @ 2x's a day that there would be no where else for me to go after my body gets use to this amount. Then I read what many are on and I see that is so not true!
Last time this man wanted to start weaning me off! I told him this is the ONLY thing that is allowing me to function. He left my 60 pills alone!
I was so scared that I made an appt with my regular physician, I went in today and told him, I need to try another anti depressant...because I don't know what this pain management Dr is going to do! He gave me Celexa, and he upped my Neurontin from 600 to 800 2x's a day.
Can your regular physcian prescribe Narcotics for you? I am to see him again in a month to go over my current meds. And if he can I'm going to ask if he can take over my Vicodin prescriptions and drop my Pain management Dr.
You all are so lucky that your drs care enough to treat your pain.....I'm very happy that you guys aren't being treated like I am !
my internist scripts all my meds. my pain meds are for arthritis. honestly i never found a drug that would get me thru a flare up. my doc and i agree on the limits per month. she is generous and i am careful.
yes a g.p. can script pain meds. i find it better to have all my meds come from one doc. since i have 8 of them i had to decide. we all prefer it this way.
i hope you find a doc like my dear laura. please know i had to fire alot of others on my journey to finding her. she was worth it.
Totally! When you're dealing with normal narcotics, any doctor can prescribe them. For most FM patients, a pain management doc is really overkill IMO. Some patients do really need the extra help, but a lot of them don't.
And the 7.5mg of Vicodin is the middle one. 10mg is the strongest.
The more of your meds that you can get from one doctor the better! Dangerous interactions happen when you have multiple docs prescribing multiple meds. Most specialists don't pay any attention to what everyone else has prescribed, just what they're prescribing. My case in point for this is what just happened to Heath Ledger. If somebody had been paying attention to his medications and taken the time to look at them all, he'd still be here.
When I see my regular Dr I make sure I inform him as to what my pain dr has me on. Which is just the vicodin. And I also tell the pain dr what my regular doctor gives me.
It just seems to me that my regular dr seems so much more compassionate. I was under the impression that only pain management could give out narcotics.
When I finally decided I needed something for the pain I called my regular Drs office and the office girl told me I needed a Rheumatologist for my fibro pain. So I never thought to ask my regular Dr. I will ask him next month when I see him again .
just tell him you feel safer with only one doctor scripting your meds and you prefer it be him as you feel safer with his personality than you do the other doc. also inform him if he does say yes, what you were told by X who is at the front desk. it is not for staff to decide such things unless instructed by the doctor.
I know this is frustrating for you. My GP sent me to a pain mgmt. doc because he thought if I had to take on Lortab a day I was hooked after 3 years. I told him he was crazy, but went anyway. Well the pain mgt. doc does not do scripts, just alternative therapies. So I go to the neurologist who has no trouble giving me meds to control pain and inflammation. At the suggestion of my neuropsych (I also have a tbi) I took on a psychiatric medical management doc. She is the one that is the hub for my docs and the meds I receive. It is a safety feature for me so I don't take too much of one med or not enough of another, and most importantly that I am not being overdosed or taking conflicting meds. She also does the depression and anxiety meds for me to make sure the problems that develop along with the fibro, ddd, tbi, thyroid, etc... are being addressed correctly. Just an idea to pass along. With my memory problems, having her monitor my meds has been a God send!
I was under the impression that only pain management could give out narcotics.
When I finally decided I needed something for the pain I called my regular Drs office and the office girl told me I needed a Rheumatologist for my fibro pain.
Both of the above statements are 100% COMPLETELY FALSE. Any M.D. can prescribe narcotics. Will they? Not always. Some doctors are scared to prescribe them, just in case they give meds to a drug seeker instead of someone with a legit need. Vicodin is one of the hottest street drugs, has been for years. It's now more desirable than Valium.
Rheumatologists are not any more qualified to treat FM than a good internist or GP. They tend to know more about it, but that doesn't mean that every single FM patient needs to see a rheumy. I don't see one. Probably never will. I'm happy with my internist managing me, because he believes it's real and has chronic pain himself. So he can empathize better than the only rheumy in town who believes it's real but has never dealt with chronic pain herself.
And as a former doctor's office employee, you should NEVER believe what the receptionist tells you regarding your medical care unless you know for a fact she has spoken to the doctor or nurse about it. She was completely out of line in telling you that you have to see a rheumy. That is a decision that needs to be made between you and the doctor.
Sadly I didn't know this when I called. I was in severe pain and this was the first time in 6yrs I ever seeked help for my pain that wasn't an antidepressant.
I'm just going to come out and ask him if he can prescribe them instead of the PM Dr. If he does say yes, then I will inform him of what the receptionist told me on the phone.
He knows me pretty well..........he was the only Dr in his practice that would prescribe my Xanax to me. All the others kept going on and on about the addiction factor, but this was the ONLY med that helped my anxiety. The other Drs left the practice and he is the only one there. He knows that with all the refills on the xanax that they were never all filled. He knows my personality and I feel much safer with him.
When I get my appt I will let you all know what he says.
tell him about the receptionist no matter what he says about the pain meds. she/he needs to know this is not appropriate behavior and needs to hear it from the boss.
good luck at the doctors. just be honest and be open. you have a history with this doc and that makes alot of difference.