New to Pain Specialist

I was in a major car accident! My ankle n heal were broken on right foot, torn mcl and gone acl in right knee, 5 broken ribs on left side, left shoulder sprain ci joint and plastic surgery to my face. I’m only 34. Only pain I have had is back from arthritis and disc degeneration. Chiro n walking have helped. Back is ok but on pain meds. I still have 2 surgeries to go nose reconstruction and knee acl fix.
I will be seeing a pain specialist to help with pain management. I live in Indiana and the laws here suck. I was taking oxy but maxed out on how long I could take them, they switched me to narco 10 along side still taking Tylenol and gabapentin. I was still in pain with switch so they gave me Tramidol. You can not be prescribed to both narco 10 and tramidol legally in IN. It was working though. So they took me off tramidol but also switched my narco from 2 every 4 hours to 1 every 2 hours. I’m not getting sleep due to pain and waking every 2 hours to take meds. I feel my ankle dr who has been helping with pain isn’t hearing me but I think it just the laws in IN.
What do I say to my pain specialist when I see him? How should I expect it to go down?
I’m worried he won’t hear me either or laws will confine him in what he can do for me. Help I’m at my wits end. Any ideas or info would help. I just wanna stop crying due to pain levels. This app is amazing for tracking pain and making sure I take meds on time. Thank u.

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Sorry to learn of your situation. I believe that the problem lies with the new laws, it’s not just in IN. I live in Texas and have been affected by limits on narco 10. I have two herniated discs in my low back. And have been dealing with the pain since 2001. Recently Workers Comp. has stopped paying for my medications. What they are doing is wrong and am trying to fight them. It’s a shame that those who have addiction issues have been allowed to dictate what the rest of us can have!!! Hoping you find the relief I know that you need.

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I am so sorry for all the pain you going through I feel you because I’m going through the same pain, but you have more broken bones than I did. I pray and hoping everything turns out for you. My prayers are with you. Keep your head up and keep going forward don’t look back. I know it’s hard because I’m still doing the same thing. I cry and cry the medicine. They give me is not helping and I am not the type of person to take medicine at all, but I do not want to Put all that toxic into my body and it’s not helping me at all. That’s all they think about is overdosing you with drugs and it does not help. My prayers are with you. Keep your head up.

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Thank U. So much always helps the mind n heart to know your not the only one out there. Have u worked with a pain specialist?

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I live in SC. I have a phenomenal pain clinic. My wife and I both use the same clinic now for different reasons. She is on butrans patch while I am on oxymorphone hcl er 20mg 1 3 times a day with tramadol for breakthrough pain. I am also on zanaflex for back spasms.
Just be honest with your pain doc and tell him your pain level and what is your normal pain level. I have bad knees, lower back, plantar fasciitis with heal spurs, and peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet. My neuropathy causes me most of my pain.
I’ll be praying for you!!!

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Thank you any direction I know hoe to go my anxiety will be better. Also I feel he can treat me better. I love that this app tracks pain levels I’m hoping that will help them see where I’m at now take me more seriously!

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I always use the app to keep up with my meds and use the list of meds at doctor’s appointment.

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First I am sorry you are going through this. Federal government change the rules on opiates to help deal with the opioid crisis but unfortunately didn’t take chronic pain patients in consideration. I have back issues also and have a friend in Indiana who has had 3 back surgeries. She was given an epidural injection which didn’t go well with her but might with you. My pain management doctor who I just saw for an evaluation thinks my pain is mostly coming from my SI joint (usually more pain with standing and walking, less pain with sitting) I am getting an injection in my SI joint on March 10th (as long as their special xray they use to guide the needle is repaired). My friend said they suggested a stimulater which would block the pain signals. Have you had physical therapy for your back? Some PT modalities might help. TENS unit. A good massage is at least a temporary help toward healing.

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So I went and nothing they said there was nothing they could do. What do I do I’m at a lost. $263 for nothing wtf. Thanks Indiana.

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So sorry. Hope your primary can help some.

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So my ankle dr called today he wants me to see a pain specialist. I said I already did he did nothing. That my primary referee me to one. They were surprised by what I said. So I didn’t get to see the dr I actually wanted to see but someone from his practice. So I asked for that dr. To call me so I can talk to him about everything. How the dr treated me and how the ankle dr wants him to help ween me off or help manage my pain. That’s why I went yesterday but this young dr didn’t get I. I was in tears that there was no hope. So waiting on the “real” dr to call. I have hope again. With 2 surgeries still looming near and knowing I will probably have continued pain the rest of my life from the car accident I hope real dr can help me. Wish me luck on my adventure.

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Good luck & I’ll be praying for you!!

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I have multiple problems not the least of are sever arthritis in my back and hips and I have Fibromyalgia which can’t make up its mind where or how severe it will hurt from one hour to another. I’ve been on many of the meds you’ve been put on over the last 30 years. I found that you have to switch around. Take whatever the doc tells you but when it stops working, tell him/her hey we need to try something else, such and such isn’t working any more. I’m thankful I had ( although a different one now) wonderful pain management doctors. My first one that I had for several years kind of spoiled me…he listened! Make sure your pain doc or any doctor for that matter, listen to you. Don’t let them put words in your mouth or talk you into something you’re not comfortable with. You’re paying they, let them earn their money.
May your Creator Bless you and keep you safe and make you well.

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Sorry about your pain… I lived in Pennsylvania for 8 years. I hurt my back in a bad fall. I was on Tramadol for 2 or 3 years. Which worked good. I had to have a tooth pulled. Well, the family Dr wouldn’t give me any more Tramadol cause I got pain med from dentist. I wish you luck in finding pain relief!!

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It doesn’t have anything to do with Indiana. The laws are federal. Tramadol and Norco have the same medications in them so you shouldn’t take them together. I know this doesn’t help your pain, but might clarify for you what the limitations are for the Doctors who may be just as frustrated as you are with it. I do hope that they can will keep trying different combinations until something gives you some relief.

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Someone ask me one time (joke) “what do you call a doctor that graduated at the top of his class? I answered, doctor. Then I was ask, what do you call a doctor who barley squeezed by with C,s and even a few D’s to graduate? Before I could answer, the person said , doctor!”
We are human, they are human, none of us are perfect, we all make mistakes or misjudgments. The person that has the most outstanding education is smart in what my grandmother called “book smart”, but sometimes it takes more than “book smarts”. That person that graduated with a C might have more common sense and understanding in their little finger than the one that graduated at the top of the class. We don’t know who we are better being treated by, we don’t even know where in the class at medical school they graduated, but we do know they are there to try to help us (we hope 🙏). So we either trust them or we don’t. If we don’t, we need to search for another doctor. It may just be that our chemistry don’t work or maybe the doctor is Incompetent, either way, if we’re not comfortable/ trust with the doctor we need to look elsewhere. Now I will tell you up front Surgeons have a god complex. They think they are better and know more than you and even other doctors 😂, I know, I worked with them for years. They don’t want to be questioned, they know it all and you are an idiot 🤣😂🤣. I told my GP once that I knew more about my body than he did, he looked straight at me and said “I don’t think so”. But there is another side of the story. The big pharmaceutical companies and politicians think they know Everything. Most of them never spent one day studying the medical proffer but they think they can say and do whatever they want and Everyone has to abide by it. 99.9% of them are idiots! So we are stuck with Somebody always telling us what we can do with our bodies, our illness and they rule. If something is seriously wrong, get a second opinion. Before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia I think I saw a half dozen or more. Each one had a different diagnosis. Not till I found two that agreed did I accept it. I might have gone to a few more but I was just to tired and frustrated. 😣 I went to a doctor for awhile who practiced both Western and Eastern Mexican and he was really good, but he was almost 2 hours away and it just got to be too much. I wish I could still see him.
We are all just people but if “our gut” tells us something is wrong, we know it before anyone else.
Ok, I’ve gotten totally off topic I think but when you work in the medical field you get a little jaded. I’m down to 10%. Better hush!! Blessings to all and to-better health for all of us. Science hadn’t broken the egg yet, they have only cracked it.

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I wish you more than luck, I wish you wellness and no pain.

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My pain dr put me on hydrocodone. I was on it for several years. It helped, but nothing took the pain completely away. After so long on an opioid it backfired on me. I lost 4 months of my life. I mean I have no memory at all of that 4 months. We went to a weekend family reunion at a park with lots of family members (so I’m told) I do not, to this day remember it. I also used a Tenns unit. It helped too, just not enough. I only wish I knew the answer we all seek. I can’t quote scripture and verse, but I remember either reading it or being told that it states in the Bible that there is a cure for every illness that would ever afflict man kind. The old people knew about herbs, spices, weeds, trees and much more that would cure illness. Some of the medication we take in pill form now is derived from nature. Example: digitalis is taken from the flower Fox Glove. It is used in treatment of the heart. Aspirin, is derived from Willow Tree bark. If there is a cure for what is wrong with us, why can’t we find it? All our scientists with all their years of testing and searching are still using chemicals, not nature, to a great degree to treat a race of mud. Wasn’t that what Adam was made from?? I’m really not making light of any of the pain and suffering any of us have, I just can’t wrap my head around some of it.

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I hope the right dr called you back.

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Bless you both.

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