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Doctors

ptr_hnsnpptr_hnsn Posts: 1
edited 10/31/2014 - 7:06 PM in Depression and Coping
I have had chronic back and neck pain for over 8 years, l have had hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, neural stretching, in house and outpatient pain management services and l have had 2 pain free days in the last 8 years both days being the following day after my surgeries, l continue with low level gentle exercises and l am on a number of different medications for ongoing pain management and for break through pain periods even with the medications my pain level is 5-6/10 and can escalate to in excess of 10/10.
My main concern is the different opinion's of the supposed Specialist Doctors who l have seen. My treating GP knows me and we have a very good repour and tweak my medication to suit my requirements. I then have had to see these Specialist Doctors with a visiting time of 5 min to 30 min where some of the Doctors state its the right treatment regime and the other Doctors who state that there is nothing really wrong and you don't need the medications.
So when reading these Doctors reports, how does one even know who is right and who is wrong, how can these Doctors be so different in their appraisal of a person such as l who has days of extreme pain and am unable to even lean over a sink to brush my teeth.

I am so glade that l am not a depressive person though that's not far off?
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Initial thread edited. Doctor bashing is not permitted on Spine-Health. All the other statements in this thread are reasonable and many other members have experienced the same

Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator
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Comments

  • Your doctor who deals with your pain is the one who matters. (Just like a surgeons opinions on surgery are best). He's the one who discusses your pain levels & examines you.

    Pain management is a very contentious area at the moment. Some doctors (particularly those who don't deal with pain management) are reading articles & becoming very anti narcotics. At the end of the day I think we just need to educate ourselves & find a doc we trust.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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