- From: Top <top@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 09:45:16 -0500
Good for you. Go make that appointment and make the fullest of it. It's good to hear you ramble, especially when it's about being happy.
Debs wrote :
ZW, I agree with you 100%. There is always some mental component to chronic pain patients' lives. Be it the initiator or an after effect or... there are chemical changes that occur when pain goes on and on and on... and that plays games with our brains.
My pm clinic, where Dr Evil lives, has a psychologist. He's a great guy. I had to meet with him before my implant and I also attended some classes that he teaches about sleep and opiates and others that I don't recall now. There was a really good grouping and he gave a lot of useful info not 'book' info. He's a really nice guy too. MAybe I should make an appt with him... Hey!! He was even really helpful when my old boss first cut my hours then TOTALLY cut my hours totally due to my pain. HE said if I wanted to fight it he would help me all he could. I ended up with a new job at the same place that I am MUCH happier at so it was all good BUT I forgot about him!!
I am REALLY sorry about the ramble but I am now really happy!! I can make an appt with the pain clinic psych guy!! He will help me for sure. So far he's been the best thing about the pain clinic!!
Sorry again for the ramble... (hanging head in shame)
On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 12:35:40 -0500, Top <top@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Zombywoof used his keyboard to write :
On Wed, 04 Feb 2009 20:28:42 -0500, Top <top@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
It's been a long time now and I survived him. He was supposed have been qualified to prescribed the meds. only problem was he did little to no followup. Now I have a phychiatrist that has done wonders. At times I get frustrated at her but so far I'm still here and I think means something. She can't do anything for my physical pain but she does help the mental aspect.
There are Psychiatrists who do specialize in Chronic Pain and provide
the full spectrum of treatment. Unfortunately they are rare as hens
teeth. I used to have a really good one, but he finally
retired/retired @ 75. I was one of only a handful of patients he had
left and had not taken on any new ones in years. I've been very
unsuccessful in finding a replacement for him. While this may sound a little weird, but my Pain Specialist is now prescribing my Psych med's until I can develop a new relationship with another Psychiatrist. It really is almost like dating with the end result being marriage (but without some of the fringe benefits).
My PM Doc is an MD but has specialized (thankfully) in chronic pain. The practice he is in also has a psychiatrist on staff but I don't see him. Maybe I should but I already have one that is taking care of me. She knows enough about chronic pain to understand the mental, emotional components of it. Otherwise I don't think she could adquetly treat me. It takes a long time to find the right people to treat everything but so far I think I finally have a good group. They piss me off at times but I'm easy to piss off sometimes so I take that into account. Last but far from least of importance I have a family that understands. My wife, one fault aside, is the greatest. Through my militarty career when I was running around the world chasing shadows she was at home taking care of our 3 sons and sometimes my father. I may have been shot at but I won't begin to try to figure out who had the worst end of it. She did that while carring on a full time job with success.
I think I've been fairly consistent in my advocating a full-spectrum
approach of body, mind & spirit. No different then a land, sea & air
attack. Get all components of the problem.
Anyone who claims that they don't have some mental/emotional component
to their Chronic Pain is lying to themselves and/or others. I would
suspect depression being the most common. However, that does not mean
I buy into the "Depression Hurts" commercials and think that
Anti-Depressants are the cure-all to physical pain. They are simply
another wrench in the toolbox.
''Life's tough......it's even tougher if you're stupid.''
-- John Wayne
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