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Anyone Had A Horrible Appointment With A Chronic Pain Doctor?

Anyone Had A Horrible Appointment With A Chronic Pain Doctor?

A little bit of background
I live in the UK and am blessed to have the NHS. The problem is that it is struggling and the area I live in has particularly bad waiting times (shortages of beds, doctors, nurses etc)
I was waiting for 22 months for an appointment with the chronic pain consultant
I was excited and nervous. My GP had told me of various treatments which could be offered to me (tens unit, spinal epidural etc)
My appointment was on Monday and the doctor went to great lengths to explain… read more

A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I meant to say: Almost all the radiology reports are written to sound like degenerative diseases, and wear-and-tear. There needs to be a better language for inflammatory spine issues.

posted about 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Anywhere on your body you have pain,Neurons fire up and signal gallows the spinal cord ,thereby sending signals to the brain.So it (pain) is not a head thing.Its a ..your body is under attack and sending signal to your brain alerting you.

posted about 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

@A MySpondylitisTeam Member I don’t know if this is relevant but I was talking to my physio while he was putting needles in to my back. Which I must say hurts like hell but when the muscle pops gives three days of release in the neck and shoulder movement. Very few physio give dry needling apparently need special certificate. Anyway we were talking about how brain interprets pain and research in America and it’s not that you don’t interpret pain it’s that the body can limit movement as the brain sends out impulses reminding you of what hurt. I don’t suffer anxiety or had traumas to affect my brain so that is an ineffective statement, your bodies response is physical not mental. If the drugs working stay on it, get a new pain doctor or just use local doctor and rheumatologist. He sounds arrogant

posted about 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

Oh Vicky, I’m so very sorry that you had to listen to a twat like that! Would it be possible to discuss with Rheumy a plan going forward? If you feel that Celebrex is working stick with it girl! We know our bodies best and for some gobshite to tell you blah blah blah. Honestly, I have met several of these prats over the years Nd my Rheumy actually wrote to one particular idiot explaining in great detail how extensive the damage already done to my body. Rheumy explanation was that some Dick I mean Doctors 😉can’t be bothered to upskill or do not have the capacity to learn new and advanced technologies. Could you possibly go private? I find Tens machines amazing especially with the damp weather here.Gentle hugs to you

posted about 2 years ago
A MySpondylitisTeam Member said:

I've had a few PM doctors, but this most recent really takes the cake. See, I have a broken pain pump catheter inside of me that cannot be operated on for at least 5 months, so the morphine was turned down to the lowest level possible, just to keep it functioning (NOT relieving pain, just keeping the mechanism working). So with the severe pain I normally have unrelieved, and the added pain of the catheter jabbing into my spine and muscles, you would think Dr. Wasan the Wonderful, would prescribe me something to hold me over till surgery. But NO, when called in the other day for an increase in pain, he just said "have her come in and increase the flow rate of the pump." DUMBHEAD--the pump is no longer connected to my spine and would not do anything. The office later called back and asked whether I was still in need of their services, so I guess they have "let me go," without referring me onward!! I think that if I am in enough verified pain that I was given a morphine pump, now that it's broken I should qualify for oral meds!!!

posted about 2 years ago
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