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My PCP recently put me on a IPcontract and it runs up next month. I am wondering: I have searched on the net for a Pain Doc in my area (the Portland, OR area, preferably west-side) but I can only find docs that work with spinal treatments and such. Does anyone have any tips or know of someone that might be able to help me.

I first injured my back in a combonation of incidents. First I pulled a 12 hour stock shift and then the next morning I lifted my brother (I was 18 and he was 1 1/2) and I heard a loud crack and felt a sharp pain the same time. I almost dropped my brother btw. I don't think it was my bro that did it, I think it was the strain the night before on top of the kid...

Things that happened later on in life added on to the pain. In 2003 my husband and I were in a very combustable living situation and I practically had to stay in our room which was cramped and only had a bed to "hang out" on.. During that stay we hit a HUGE snowstorm and had to be cooped up in the cold really did a job on my knees, and joints.

Then three years later we stayed with my mother-in-law for her last days and it was in the coldest part of the state I SWEAR, it made it worse...

Fast Forward one year (NOW), our climate has finally decided it was Spring and this years long winter has further deteriorated my joints.

I've had blood tests for white cell, lupus, Rheu. Arthritis, I do have severe inflammation in my body, but that it was not any of the "serious" things.

My mom, my mom's mom, my mom's sister and her sisters daughters ALL have Fibromyalgia. I've read the symptoms and its a DEAD on diagnosis.. I just don't know what testing there is to diagnose it. I read that it was the same test as lupus and R.A. but somewhere else told me it was pressure testing....
I just don't know.. I'm scared... My doctor has me on lortab 7.5/500 2xday and despite my diagnosed metabolic disorder (which she had to alter ALL of my OTHER meds to make up for my body processing it at an exellorated rate) she refuses to alter my pain meds. The thing is, the first sign of my mom's family with Fibro was them ALL jumping off the exam table when getting their blood pressure checked.. I have the same problem, it hurts like 1 holy mother.. I also have the TALL tale tempature regulation problem. If I am NOT on enough PM meds I feel like I am VERY VERY cold..... and when I am cold my body hurts that much more.

I would like to get to just taking a straight PM med, not something with Tylenol in it. I am gonna ask my doctor for Vicoprofen (it has the same amount of hydro but with 200 mgs of ibuprofen, then I could take the tylenol at night before bed in a Tylenol PM mixture...

My mother-in-law was a pharmacist, and I am terribly sad that she isn't here to help me with this... she would have been the perfect rock for me to lean on. I just don't know what to do. I need to get a job, but I can't cause of the CP... I'm only 26 and eventually I hope to have kids (I will need round the clock care cause I know better to take PM meds with pregnancy).....

So, if anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it. I feel so alone with this...