Some doctors really make me mad. If one doc doesn't agree, professionally or otherwise, with another doctors treatment or diagnosis why do they feel that is the patients fault. This doctor i had basically told me i was way to young to be having these problems and therefore said i shouldn't be taking these meds. I was flabbergasted! I mean really, yeah i like being able to lie around all day because i can't do anything else. It sure is a lot of fun needing help to do things all day. Not to mention watching your wife mow the lawn because you can't push the stupid thing anymore. I was so mad. He acted like i chose this or something. I am young 27 to be exact but does that make my pain any less valid than someone older. NO! I understand that these guys see people that just want meds, but if you have the evidence backing up your symptoms then i don't think they should just write you off as too young. Luckily for me I won't be seeing this guy anymore but how frustrating. Sorry to complain but i am sure others have faced similar situations with doctors. Shouldn't it be like the law, innocent until proven guilty. I mean treat a patient according to symptoms until proven otherwise. Frustrating. Just had to vent. thank you for listening. I hope everyone is doing well.
Hey Dub: I hear you and I feel your pain!! I was there myself many years ago. I was in my late 20s and early 30s, when I had problems with my lower, left leg. They took out a large ganglion cyst that was growing along the sciatic nerve and they damaged the nerve in doing it. After that I would have recurring pain every six months or so and they would finally do surgery again and find another problem with the nerve.
To make this short, I went through five surgeries total and each time I would have pain and have to fight for any kind of pain meds. Because of my age (like you) I had trouble getting docs to write for anything that would work. This was in the days before long acting medications. I think I finally found a doctor that wrote for Percodan.
The doctors don't want to write the scripts because you are so young and you have a long life in front of you and they don't want you addicted or more accurately, dependant on narcotics. I went through the same thing, but today I suffer from another problem and I have CP every day. The big difference is today, I'm 60, not 27 and I am on Methadone, 60 mg, TID. That's 540, 10 mg Methadone tabs a month. I really feel sorry for you and others on these boards that have to fight that fight to have some relief from your pain and maybe, just maybe, mow your lawn, instead of watching your wife do it. Good luck to you.
Did you mean to post that the DR said you " SHOULDN'T" be taking these meds because your post said he said you " should" be taking them so I am not sure what you mean.
Age should not effect when a person needs pain medication, that is silly.
Yah I would not go back to that Dr again if i he isn't helping you with your pain. Did he offer any other type of pain relief ? or do you just want the pain medication? sometimes its good to try other things as well, I use Ice, heat, Lyrica and pain meds with muscle relaxers and anti inflamatories. with all the meds I am on they seem to be doing the job, my pain has gone from a 7 to a 3 so I am so much happier. I hope you get some relief by finding a better Dr.
He probably thought you were a drug seeker, that is to bad.
i have also had the same problem with dr in the pass. I never understood what age has to do with pain. I have also been looked at like an addict. I hate that i have to depend on meds so i can live my life.I agree as long as you have the proof of your pain ,age shouldn't matter. I still have trouble getting pain relief i think a lot of us do no matter your age dr get scared to provide pain relief. My pain is not under control now ,i have told my dr and he pretty much said deal with it. I got a letter in the mail today that said my dr is retiring in Nov, so maybe thats why he doesn't care at any rate i am have a new appt with a new dr hopefully he will help... Good luck to all,kelsey
Dub, You are not alone! And I'm so glad to hear that I'm not alone--altho I'm sorry anyone else has these problems. It's been a long haul getting my primary and my pm to agree on much. They are both willing to push just about any type of pill on me I want to take, but I just want a proper diagnoses. Not a cover up. I hope hope you find a good dr and things go well for you!
hi all, thanks for all the replies and good wishes. I am glad to know i'm not alone. I found out today that a fusion in L5-S1 is their solution. Now i just have to figure out how I will survive for 90 days with limited income. Hopefully I won't need a pain doc too much longer. I hope all of you get some relief and are treated with dignity and respect no matter what the situation..Good luck and best wishes to all, I will keep everyone updated.
I seem to have more problems with the people in the office than I do the doctors. I have fired a couple of doctors because of their staff. For example,
one urologist told me my PSA scores shot from being around "one" for years, up to a nine+ in one year. I was taking PSA tests monthly for 3 months, while he "monitored" my condition. When I complained that the staff would not give me my PSA scores, he told them to give me any information I wanted. The next two months they kept telling me I had to see the dr. first. After the 3rd month I switched to another Urologist. The other office is great and I have been there for 7 years.
I have had my family doctor...about ten to twelve years and so on. But sometimes we have to take a stand. I can be "difficult" at times, so I try to ask myself if it is my fault or theirs. Switching 2 doctors in 20+ years tells me I am pretty reasonable. But some days...the morphine doesn't work as well as I would like and ...........
i have also had the same problem with dr in the pass. I never understood what age has to do with pain. I have also been looked at like an addict. I hate that i have to depend on meds so i can live my life.I agree as long as you have the proof of your pain ,age shouldn't matter.
That was the attitude of the specialist I saw for my bone and joint disease a few months ago.
We hit it off right away, but then the topic of pain control came up and I said I was on Morphine. He changed his friendly tune completely! His next ideas were all centered around him trying to assure me that I don't need Morphine and that I'm probably addicted in addition to being too young for that kind of medicine. When he asked me if what happens if I miss a dose I said that withdrawl would set in and he seemed to think that meant I was addicted (but dependence does not equal addiction). He's called my PM to request that she take me off the Morphine (and Percocet for BT) and give me NSAID's instead.
What irritates me is that he told me he doesn't doubt that I am in constant pain from my disease and deformities, but thinks that Morphine is bad for controlling the pain? I don't get it, but I'll never see him again because he didn't share any useful opinion other than advising me to "travel around the country" finding other doctors and services that can help. I can't afford to travel! Does he think I'm rich or something?
I actually have a good story in my pain management...with the exception of a few mishaps when my family doc was out on maternity leave for a few months. My family doc prescribed my percs for three years. Only recently has my pain management doc started prescribing. I only went to him because my family doc often is out of the office and the rejects filling in for her won't give me a refill...even though she and my PM doc wrote a note in my chart that they were supossed to. Both my family doc and my Pm doc have worked together to make sure that I gt the best treatement possible. I only wish that everyone could have my luck.
PS I am only 27 and have been on percocet for four years. I have had four surgeries...a L5-S1 fusion, a nerve decompression, a SCS placement, and most recently a SCS revision.