Finally some good news! I went and saw my pm doc for the first time today, and she was wonderful! She did not look at me like a hypocondriac or an addict and actually listened to me. I have been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and have been dealing with multiple health issues due my condition. (ruptured discs, multiple dislocations to both shoulders and elbows, and all fingers, Early onset of osteoarthritis, especially in my back) Finally, I was treated like a human being and not some stray dog
. She spent nearly an hour with me as we went over my complete medical history, and she explained things about my condition that I did not even know. The entire staff was tremendous and not for one second did I feel as though I was being judged.
I do have just a few questions though, and any feedback would be appreciated. Ok, so I am taking 5mg endocet 3x daily (along with muscle relaxers, nsaids) and I have been taking only as prescribed to me. So I had like 39 pills left. She said that since I still had some left, that we would try an epidural(sp?) nerve block tomorrow and that I should come back in 2 weeks and adjust my medications, if we feel that Is what you need. (btw-she did agree with me that I may need a long acting medication.) I guess my question is is this normal? Do they usually wait until your out of your last months medicine to prescibe you different ones or more of the same? Do Nerve blocks help and what are the success rates? She also changed me from Indocin to Naproxen? Has anyone noticed less stiffness when taking Naproxen?
One last thing is I also recieved a TENS unit. What's the best way to use it? How long does it usually take to start working and what is the exact purpose of a TENS unit? Thanks for any feedback, and thanks to all those who give support. This website has truly helped me realize that I am not alone in dealing with my chronic pain, and that there are people out there that will give support.
Hoping everyone is well