Re: Could someone please hear me?

From: Judy Kemp (
Thu Apr 3 22:14:55 2003

Hi Heidi,

Wow, sounds like you are going through alot. I am sure I'm not alone in admiring your courage and also commending you for "not letting depression get that far". So hang in there!

It sounds like you have way more than one doc can address (NOT to imply that that is what you were even trying to do...), but simply an idea here that might help. Perhaps gather your thoughts and arrange them so that one type of doc can address a logical chunk. For example, a good GP can handle the depression with a medication that will not only help depression but one that also helps with pain AND anxiety (yes such meds exist). He/she can also help out with the arthritis pain with a new selective anti inflammatory and perhaps an over the counter homeopathic medicine like glucosamine (that helps in your own repair of joints and also helps with arthritis pain).

Obviously endo will require the help of a GOOD gyn. Note the emphasis on good so you don't add to your list of problems.

Another idea: how are you sleeping? Sounds like a bunch of stress in your life aside from the pain - all of which can keep you from getting enough and/or a restful sleep. Sleep deprivation in turn, leaves you much more sensitive to pain, and so the vicious cycle goes.

Maybe think about listing all of your concerns on a sheet of paper. Then prioritize them either by group or individually. Then bring this list to your doctor(s) and say something like "I know we can not address all of this today, that is why I prioritized my concerns, but I wanted you to have my list as well as we work through these issues."

Wishing you all the best, Judy On Thursday, April 3, 2003, at 08:32 PM, Heidi Jo wrote:

> Hello. I have been suffering from endometrosis, pelvic pain, IBS, I
> was
> in a major car accident 3/02, and I was assaulted 12/02. So, I'm in a
> lot of pain. I feel like I've been bouncing around to too many doctors
> because I am in so much pain and I don't feel like any of them are
> paying me the attention that they should. One doctor told me to not
> wear my seatbelt any longer because I complained that it hurts my left
> shoulder when I drive...???.
> After my car accident in 2002 I was seeing a back doctor and all she
> did
> for me was hand over Talacen narc and put a tens unit on me three-four
> times a week. She felt that I abuised the pain medication and stopped
> it immediately. I went right into a rehab center and got off the
> medication. Yeah for getting off the narc, crap because I am in more
> pain then I was the day after my car accident! I have been seeing
> doctors because of the pain and they write me a script for Vicodin and
> pat me on the head and send me away until I cannot tolerate the pain
> any
> longer.
> I saw a pain doctor and he feels that my pain is not real..."oh
> really?"
> He had me on medication that took the pain away so I could lead a more
> normal life and then since I didn't have a bone sticking out of my neck
> took them off of me. Now I am in an extreme amount of pain and I
> really
> don't know what to do. My orthopedic doctor, neurologist, GYN, and
> family practice doctors all have notes that were faxed over to them
> from
> this pain doctor telling then NOT to give me any more pain medication.
> When I go to the doctors now they all look at me like I am this crazy
> woman who thinks she has pain.
> My orthopedic got my results back from my MRI on my knee and he said,
> "Yes, you still (after one year) have a contusion to your right knee
> and
> that can be extremely painful." Okay, what did I miss there...painful?
> There is no excuse for them not treating me for suffering in this great
> amount of pain.
> The pain has controlled my life and I do not know what to do. I am a
> single mother and have a six year old little girl who is my everything.
> Her father does nothing for her except see her every other weekend. I
> have to be able to function and get along through out the day.
> I found over the internet a new pain management group of doctors and
> have an appointment next week. My question is, I feel like this is it.
> If they can't help me here then there is no hope for me. I will have
> to
> suffer for the rest of my life.
> My father killed himself dec 99 because he suffered from so much pain
> through out his life and I REFUSE TO GET MYSELF TO THAT LEVEL OF
> I have so many problems, nerve problems, arthritis, IBS, endometrosis,
> back pain, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, collar bone was
> fractured they think and it didn't ever heal back right. I need some
> guideance.
> Please help, please.
> Thank you for letting me share and I do look forward to your responces.
> --
> Heidi

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