| | What can I expect at my first pain clinic appointment?
Hi everyone, this is my first time posting. Here is my brief history:
I am 20 years old and broke my ankle 4 years ago. This has led to 7 surgeries. I now have nerve pain/damage, traumatic arthritis, and of course chronic pain. My OS is treating me with lidocaine injections, percocet, vicodin, vioxx, TENS therapy@ home, bracing, and physical therapy. All of this barely takes the edge off. He has been pushing fusion for a few months now and wont change my pain treatment unless I have the procedure, but I am very reluctant to have another surgery.
I went to my GP for help, and she seemed quite irritated the OS was pushing for more surgery, and hadn't recognized the clear signs of RSD. She ordered a bone scan and reffered me to a pain clinic. The OS disagrees with a RSD diagnosis because I haven't had any major skin changes and still maintains it's *just* severe traumatic arthritis combined with neuropathic pain. <sigh> I have decided to try pain management before another surgery. (I hope I am making the right decision.)
I have my first appointment with a pain management specialist on 12/5, and I am wondering if some of you who have experience with pain management can tell me what I can expect, what to bring, wear, what are realistic goals I can set, or any other tips. (sorry I'm nervous....lol)
Last edited by ginabobinaa; 11-28-2003 at 03:51 PM.