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It sounds like the appointment went smoothly. I'm glad to hear that you had a good experience. Most pm doctors do not immediately jump to diespensing medications right off the bat. Some do, but most of them don't. It's as much for your protection as it is for theirs.

Take this one day at a time. Try the epidural, and then see how it goes. I hope it will bring you some much needed relief, but if in sufficient time, you see no results or continue to have increasing pain, then be open with your doctor about it.

No, I don't think it's a good idea to go in and automatically ask for certain medications. He will bering it up, and when he does, he may ask what has helped you in the past and what hasn't. If he feels there is a need for medication he will be the first to let you know.

Unfortunately, because of the "pill seekers" out there, we must tread lightly with our pm doctors even when there is a true need for medications. I still stress that pm shouldn't always be about taking pills only. There are so many other aspects of pain control that can be tried and tested before starting medication. There are instances however, where the need for medication is apparent and in these cases, then by all means, that is the route that should be taken.

There are some pm doctors out there who won't prescribe medications for any reason and there are other pm doctors who will write a srip at the drop of a hat. I just fired a pm doctor because he seemed to be forcing some strong medications on me and wasn't willing to consider other things, not even Lidoderm patches which are non narcotic, and aren't even pills!

Good Luck sweetie. I think you will find this is a learning experience. It has been for me.