My Vent On Crushing Pain
Sunday, May 05, 2019
The pain medication that my orthopedist gave me makes me sick. The nausea and abdominal cramps were awful. I didn't realize that the laws regarding opioids changed recently, due to the opioid epidemic. The laws are super strict. I agree that the doctors who prescribe pain medication, need to be monitored more closely. The problem is that even after having surgical procedures, your doctor can only send you home with 3 days of medication. The only person who can prescribe more medication is a registered pain management doctor, an M.D. One is only allowed to go to one pain management doctor, by law. I think this rule was written to prevent drug addicts from getting large amounts of pain killers from a bunch of different doctors. That's called doctor shopping. It is illegal. It's a good law.
Since I'm experiencing bouts of crushing pain, and can't use the medication prescribed by the orthopedist, it is time for my pain levels to be re evaluated and get some help with the pain. First of all, I'd really love to know why I have these bouts of crushing pain. If I break the pain cycle, I can quickly get a handle on my situation and stop taking the medication. The longer the cycle lasts, the more out of control it gets and the longer it takes to bring it under control. Now by bouts of crushing pain, I mean that the pain is crushing for a time period of 12 to 36 hours every time it happens. What is wrong with my wrist that it can cause this debilitating level of pain? This is something I need to know!
I am waiting for my surgery and it is set to happen 5 weeks after my orthopedist appointment. (That appointment occurred the third week of April) This was the appointment where the doctor and his PA discussed surgery with me. Why they pushed the surgery so far out, I have no idea. I'm not happy with it. For some reason, the doctor and his PA made me feel that this is going to be a simple in and out, quick procedure. Maybe they don't see it as severe enough to accelerate the surgery to a more reasonable time. I'm going to be awake for the surgery but it will be done in an operating room. This is a new type of surgery. I'm happy about it because anesthesia makes me so sick. But...when I read the copy of the MRI that the doctor gave me after the appointment, there are all kinds of small issues going on at the same time. The radiologist also raises the issue of some possible injuries,diseases and/or other conditions. This makes me terribly uneasy. Is the orthopedist going to fix just the major issues and come back to do the rest later? What is the doctor going to do if he finds issues that didn't even show up on the tests? In the past, every time I've had surgery after an MRI, I had other issues (besides the original ones) that also needed to be fixed.
I am honestly not trying to be a difficult patient. I also know that I'm not a hypochondriac. I wish the doctor could have taken more time to talk to me at the last appointment. He might have been in the examining room all of about 5 minutes or less. That was the day that he was supposed to see 90 patients. I need to understand where my pain is coming from and what is causing it. I've had many situations not so long ago, when I had severe pain. It usually is a red flag. But...apparently this doctor isn't too concerned. I need someone who understands pain, to be able to tell me what is causing it. I also need the doctor's reassurance that it will be fixed and I will be okay. That is why I have my first Pain Management appointment tomorrow. Yay!