Re: Brand New to PM and just got a referral in Maryalnd any info would be great.
Hi, welcome to the boards. I have a question for you that I hope won't sound to shocking. Have they ever discussed amputation of the big toe, to illeviate the problem? I only ask because I have a Degenerative Cartiledge Disease in both my knees, which is spreadig to my hips and wrists. My left knee is basically donor material, screws and rods, with only 15% cartiledge left. My right knee has only 20% cartiledge left. So I know the pain you refer to. I've deal with this since 1987. I've had 13 surgeries on both knees. I've been on narcotic pain management for the last 8 years.
As for the Pain Clinic and discussions of horror on the board, one thing you have to remember is that, the amount of people on this board is very small. Out of all the people in pain managment we represent a very small number, so there are many, many people out there who are in Pain Management who may have great experiences with their Pain Management docs and we just don't know.
I have been with the same doctor for 12 years, she is my GP and she handles all of my pain management, I trust her explicitly and she listens to me, my ideas on my care, my information on new meds, etc.
I've been with a Pain Mangement clinic but it didn't work because they were into biometrics, and injections, etc. I already get injections from my ortho surgeon, and wasn't interested in the biometric feedback route, but they were very nice, just not my thing.