Wednesday, March 17, 2010 Aine, Community Member, asks

Q: Are you being treated for RSD, Fibromyalgia and/or Degenerative joint disease in Austin, Tx?

Hello,

I am beyond frustrated!  10 years ago I was a very healthy, very active 39 year old woman with full expectations of remaining active and healthy well into my 70's and even 80's if not well beyond that age.

However today I am a 49 year old woman suffering from chronic pain associated with RSD, Fibromyalgia and Arthritis.

I remind myself daily how much worse my situation could be. And am thankful for the care I've received these past several years from my PM Doctor. Without his care and sincere interest in my quality of life I would have NO quality of life.  

Well, I don't have to remind myself anymore of how much worse my situation could be, because it's gotten worse.... My Pain Management Doctor made the decision to go in a different direction professionally.

At first saw this as an opportunity, you see I'd been thinking about finding a Pain Management clinic closer to home for some time and now I would HAVE to. It was a good thing... right?

I was so NAIVE!  All the years I'd been in the care of this one Doctor. He had treated me within the first year of the onset of my symptoms. He'd followed my care in tandem with the Doctor who did my surgical procedures. He knew first hand what brought me to this stage in my life.

I never imagined how hard it would be to find another Doctor! So far I've seen FOUR different physicians and two specializing in Pain Management. I am unable to drive so my husband is present at each of these appointments. I always bring my meds (which are kept in a lock box at home) along with a written history of my condition/treatments/surgical procedures.

And so far I've been unable to find a Doctor that will spend more than 4-5 minutes with me in the exam room. I spend and hour filling out paper work and waiting to see these physicians only to be turned away.

The reasons I've been given by each of them are the same..... "I won't write a prescription for Oxycontin".... That's it, that's all they have for me! I don't approach these Doctor's with a closed mind. I am open to trying anything, though I believe I ALREADY have tried everything and what I'm taking now works. I have NEVER said this to them because I fully expect they will want (and should) make their own decision regarding the care they provide. The problem is none of them seem to even want to talk about alternative care or their own ideas of what might help me? WHY?!

I feel like they believe the meds I'm on are appropriate for my conditions.... they just don't want to take me on as a patient? Again...WHY??

Well, if I haven't lost you by now here's my question...

My meds are 80mgs of Oxyconting 3x daily, Cymabalta daily as well as Xanax, Ambien and Imitrex as needed. Can anyone refer me to a Doctor in the Austin, Texas or Waco, Texas area that won't turn away new patients because they currently take Oxycontin. 

I have less than 20 days of meds left. I am getting more and more nervous with every passing day. I don't want to end up in the emergency room.

Thanks for listening... those that made it this far.

 

 

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Cort, Health Guide
3/18/10 1:26am

You just never know what life will bring you, that's for sure. You'd think these doctors would feel a professional responsibility to care for people no matter what meds they're on. I'm really surprised that they're allowed to do that. 

 

 I would imagine the National Fibromyalgia Association would have a group in one of those cities. You might want to see if there's a group there that can recommend a good doctor. Perhaps you'll even find a really good FM doc. Here's the link. Good luck! 


http://www.fmaware.org/site/PageServer

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