Finally, some good news on the rheumy issue! I got in with my second choice of doctors at the new rheumatology clinic. She is highly rated by her patients and has won awards from several sites for compassion and time spent with her patients. I'm so excited! I called my old rheumy's office this morning and cancelled my appointments, and I have to write them a note asking to have my records transferred to the new rheumy. It's funny, when I called and told the receptionist that I was switching doctors, she didn't sound at all surprised. I commented on that, and she says "That's because you're the third one this week." So I was not the only one who thought this guy was a jerk.
The new doc sent me a packet of paperwork to fill out that is much more like what I expected from a rheumatologist. It has pain diagrams, in-depth questions, and asks about quality of life. I am very optimistic. I will get in to see her in June.
The only problem I have now is that in all the turmoil, I didn't get a chance to get a refill on my pain meds. I have an appointment with my family doc today, and I am going to take a chance and ask him if he'll refill it since I am "between rheumatologists" now. I guess the worst he can say is no. We'll see what happens.
Happy to hear the good news!..im sure your family Dr will fill your pain meds, they know it wouldn't be good for you to run out. things are looking better for you now huh?. now you can un stress an heal out of your flare,,remb drink alot of water due to all the stress that's built up over the past few days...
The Following User Says Thank You to monalisa24 For This Useful Post: caribear (05-10-2011)
Just got back from my family doc, he refused to refill my pain meds. I'm not going to stress over it, but it'll be a rough month. Especially with all this unsettled weather. Thunderstorms are hard for me, and we're having a pretty active season so far...but I'll get through it. It'll be better once I get in to my new doc.
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I may have to call the new rheumy and ask if they'll give me some without seeing me. Never thought of that, thanks for the idea tmrots. I'll try that tomorrow.
The reason he gave me for not refilling is that he doesn't refill prescriptions written by other doctors, and that he would not feel comfortable writing one for me because he's not in charge of my treatment. I asked him what I should do, and he told me that was something I had to work out with my rheumatologist. So basically I take it that he just doesn't want to write me a prescription. I give up being upset about that. That's his decision and I don't have the energy to waste getting mad about it. I'm not letting it ruin how happy I am to get in with this new rheumy.
I only take pain meds when needed. My last rheumy was very hesitant to prescribe me anything at all, and lectured me about asking him for them in the first place. Then when he wrote the prescription he wrote it as 1 perc 5/325 "every 12 hours as needed for SEVERE pain." They even capitalized it on my prescription bottle. He didn't believe that fibro patients should take pain medication because he felt we could all learn to live with the pain. It was only after telling him how my pain interfered with my ability to take care of my child that he agreed to give me anything at all. I appreciate the fact that he wasn't the kind of doctor to just throw medication at the problem and hope it got better, but his method was just as bad. Hopefully this new doc will be more of a happy medium.
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Well, I thought I could hold out until June without the pain meds, but apparently not. I was hurting really bad Thursday, so I called my insurance's nurse hotline. The nurse told me to go to the ER and ask for pain meds, so that's what I ended up doing. She also told me that because of my doctors' refusal to refill my prescription, she was filing grievances against both the old rheumy and the family doc on my behalf.
When I got into the ER, I was telling the nurse who was doing my triage what the situation was. I told him about the old rheumy and how the family doc basically said it wasn't his problem. He says "Oh, you see doctor so-and-so right?" (family doc) I said yes, and he shook his head and said "He doesn't like to prescribe pain meds, from what I hear. Lord help him if he ever ends up in MY ER in pain. I'll show him what it's like to be without pain meds." Then he chuckled in a way that made me believe he would make the guy suffer just a little bit.
The doctor who saw me in the ER prescribed me enough meds to last me until my appointment. He actually gave me more than my rheumy did. I started crying when they brought in the prescription. It was just such a relief to finally have somebody help me with the pain. So now I'll be ok until June for sure.
wow girl so happy! that's very unusual when it comes to ERs around here tho if we go to the ER asking for pain meds they label you as drug seekers. thank God it sounds like you have some caring people there!!!....
The Following User Says Thank You to monalisa24 For This Useful Post: caribear (05-17-2011)
caribear, If your PCP does not prescribe drugs, what does he do. Just listen to what is ailing his patients and tell them....hmm that's a shame, give them a pat on the back and send them on their way. So glad you found a new rheumy, some women docs have a lot more empathy than men. I am not surprised the ER doc gave you enough pills to get you buy. You obviously didn't appear like a drug addict and your PCP has a reputation it seems. The ER doc did what your PCP should have done, give you enough pills to get you through till your new rheumy appt.
Happy for you things are looking up. Just hang in there and keep hugging that child of yours. Those hugs are magic.
The Following User Says Thank You to Glojer For This Useful Post: caribear (05-17-2011)
Thanks all. I was surprised that the ER trip went the way it did too. There is so much suspicion anymore when it comes to painkillers, I figured they would just tell me to go home. Thank God they didn't though, because that turned out to be the beginning of this nasty weather-related flare I'm in now. And this one has included pain, burning, nausea, low fever, extreme drowsiness, bad fog, numbness, tingling, headache etc. Basically everything I've ever had before that was fibro-related I've had for the last few days. Yuck.
I've got a lot of non-medicinal things I do to keep the pain down, like using heat, doing self-massage, using my sauna, etc. but for the bad flares the only thing that seems to help for any reasonable period of time is the percocet. I don't like taking it, but it works.
Glojer, my doc pretty much just refers chronic pain sufferers to specialists, from what I have heard. He rarely prescribes pain meds. When I broke my toe, he told me to take the meds my rheumy had prescribed me for fibro for the toe pain. Not sure if it's laziness, fear, or principle that keeps him from prescribing. But I'm trying to be very zen about this whole thing and not get upset about it. It won't help anyway.
I'm definitely giving my baby tons of hugs and love, and I will give him some for you too. <3
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