Pain Management Specialist for Chronic Kidney Stones?
Thanks so much in advance for your help with my problem. I have some chronic pain issues that I need to address, and I was wondering if anyone else also has this particular problem.
I am an older teenager who has been developing excruciating kidney stones for almost two years. Lately, Iíve started forming them about twice a month. Overall, Iím in pain for at least 75% of the time, and itís making it difficult to keep up with my responsibilities. Iíve tried to prevent their formation using every natural remedy, OTC painkiller and nutritional supplement, all with no success. The only way Iíve ever been able to alleviate my kidney stone pain is with IV Dilaudid, OxyContin, or just the immediate-release oxycodone tablets.
However, itís EXTREMELY hard for me to convince my primary care doctor or the ER physician to give me anything other than Toradol and two daysí worth of Vicodin. In addition, I feel as though my entire health care team immediately characterizes me as a liar and drug-seeker, as itís uncommon for adolescents to form kidney stones. My mother and I have told them numerous times that the current medications are ineffective, but nearly all of the physicians who have treated me share an unreasonable phobia of prescribing stronger narcotics.
As a result of the negative experiences Iíve had at my old HMO, I am considering treatment with a pain management specialist. Although it appears that most pain clinics are more accustomed to treating pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, and musculoskeletal injuries, I am hoping to find a pain management physician that is familiar with kidney stone pain and amenable to my requests as a patient. Out of curiosity, have you or anyone you know gone to a pain specialist for kidney stones?
Since Iíve never been treated by a pain management physician, Iíd really like to hear about othersí experiences, and what kind of evaluation/treatment to expect on my initial visit. In addition, it would be wonderful if anyone here knows of an understanding and cooperative pain specialist in CA, OR, or WA.