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Old 10-22-2007, 03:31 AM   #1
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Question Advice, How To Talk To New Doctor

Hi everybody,
I have an appointment with my new family prac. doc today. My old one retired. I don't know the new guy but my prior doc recommended him.
As you all know, we only get about 5-10 minutes with the doc and I don't want to sound like a whiner. I have chronic back pain and take pain meds. Lately, I have developed pain in my right hip and I have right knee pain due to , what else, arthritis. I am 45 years old. My meds work well enough and they give me a quality of life back. I have done injections, physical therapy, over the counter and none of it helped much at all. I guess I am a little nervous that this new guy won't want to prescibe my Hydrocodone and Hydromorphone and I don't want to go back to how I was before I got this pain somewhat under control. The only problem with my meds is that I take 1 pill (not of each) every 6 hours and they wear off after about 4 (sometimes feels like 3 hours). Any advice on how to talk to the doc without coming off like a whiner or a drug addict.
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:56 AM   #2
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Re: Advice, How To Talk To New Doctor

I assume that your new dr. will have records from the previous doctor so that will help. Also what you said in your post seemed perfect. It was articulate, short, and seemed to cover all your bases. Try not to be too nervous or concerned about being labeled. It will show. Keep in my mind that a dr. change can also be a good thing. It was for me. I understand your fears whole heartedly. Like I said just be honest and you should be fine. Whatever you do don't mention your concerns about being labeled. It will throw up red flags left and right. Gl and post back ASAP. god bless, morgyporgy

Old 10-22-2007, 06:54 AM   #3
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Re: Advice, How To Talk To New Doctor

I am also very curious as to how it goes as I will be in the same situation soon--My doc will be retiring and we have been through quite a bit together. Please post back after the appt and let us know how it went--thanks--Roger

Old 10-22-2007, 07:43 AM   #4
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Re: Advice, How To Talk To New Doctor

I understand your fear, I think we all do. I recommend that you talk about your quality of life, or rather, lack there of....instead of what meds may, or may not help you. State clear goals you would like to accomplish. State clear examples of how your pain is interfering with your goals. Make a list to show the doctor. For example, pain kept me from being able to work. When I finally went to see a pain specialist, one of my goals was to return to work. I am back doing full-time work for the first time in years. It is easy to see that pain management has enabled me to obtain this goal, and greatly effect my perception of "quality of life."

Your list can include things such as:

1. My pain keeps me from doing some things I used to do....such as .......

2. I have plans for the future that are conflicting with my current ability to work, sleep, play, ect.....

3. My pain makes me feel......

4. I feel that I could do.......BLANK......if my pain were more manageable.

These are the reasons this doc should keep you on a regimen that works for you. Discuss your activity level before these meds, and after. It would be rediculous to argue with good results. You deserve to have your pain treated, and to have the highest quality if life that you can achieve.

I wish you all the best, and I pray that this doctor will help you. Please let us know how it goes!


Old 10-22-2007, 08:57 AM   #5
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Re: Advice, How To Talk To New Doctor

Good post Amanda

I am having a consulatation with my pain Dr. tomorrow and am nervous also, as I have been having to up my meds. I hating feeling like I have to prove how much pain I am in.

I have decided that I already know what I am suffering and to be honest and strong. Sometimes I feel that the fact I am female causes the Drs. to take me less seriously.

Old 10-22-2007, 09:08 AM   #6
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Re: Advice, How To Talk To New Doctor

I communicate my pain level with my doctor based on the 0-10 pain scale and goal-setting. In other words, I might say "my goal is to be at a "5", I can live with that." Then I go on to tell the doc where I am at the time. My doc likes this because it's about as close to objective as we can get and it's communicating on her terms.

When I was switched recently from Methadone to MS Contin it took a few increases in dose to reach my "level 5."

You might add this to the great list Amanda has offered.


Old 10-22-2007, 11:44 AM   #7
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Re: Advice, How To Talk To New Doctor

Dear Everyone...

There have been many posts expressing great ideas on this thread. Amanda's, along with the others, offered tremendous suggestions.

This thread should be read by anyone on their way to one of their first PM appointments.

This forum presents great advice/suggestions! I wish all of those in pain could read these posts!

Jon (Conductor)

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