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Unread 12-24-2002, 12:41 PM
need advice on pain clinics and pain docs

Hi sisters and Merry Christmas Eve!
I'm having a hard time figuring out how I would find a pelvic pain doctor or pain management clinic. I've been searching here and on my own, and everything I've read so far says I should ask my doctor for the name of a pain doc or clinic. I went to my health insurance website but none of the specialists fall under these titles. Here it is Christmas Eve...I'm at work, and my swelly belly is H U G E today, and it hurts. I didn't do anything yesterday to bring this on, either. I was very good in hopes of keeping my pain under control for Christmas. My pain and swelling are always there but the days where it gets huge and hurts worse than usual are getting more frequent and very unpredictable. Seems I can't plan jack lately. I'm pretty upset about it b/cause I'm off work early today, and off tomorrow for Christmas day. I'm trying so hard to be upbeat and feel holiday-ish but this pain is really distracting and making me feel witchy. I'm hoping tomorrow it will feel much better, at least for the day. Dh has told me to just when I come home from work today, and I will, but I'm getting sick of the rest/walk/work cycle. If anyone knows how I can get hooked up with a pelvic pain doc or pain management center I would be eternally grateful. I see the new ob/gyn in 2 weeks and plan to discuss this with him also. As always, I each and every one of you!
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Unread 12-24-2002, 01:40 PM
need advice on pain clinics and pain docs

I'm so sorry your belly has decided to act up today. I do know how you feel. The last few days have been very hard on me. I've been looking down at my and shaking my finger at it and telling it to behave so I can enjoy the holidays. :hoho:

I do think the best place to start for a pain doctor would be with a referral. My general surgeon referred me to the pain doc that I'm seeing. I lucked out and got a good one on the first try. She is very nice and very helpful. I do wish though that they would perhaps do some more testing like the clinic that Judester is going to. But I am thankful for the help that I am receiving.

Have you checked out the resources at the top of this forum ? Perhaps one of those links will help you locate a pain clinic near you.

I am sending Merry Christmas wishes to you and your family. I will for painfree days ahead for you in 2003.
Unread 12-25-2002, 08:35 AM
need advice on pain clinics and pain docs

I found my current Pain Dr by another CP Patient on an internet support board but my Dr had reffered me a few months prior. At that time I refused to believe that there was no answer or *fix* to my pain. After consulting with several Surgeons & specialists who all said to more surgery & Pain Mgmt would be my best bet fro relief. I wish I would've went sooner... Here are some links on Pain Clinics & Pain Mgmt:<---this site has state by state listings of good Pain Drs & if not listed they have Pain Reps who can help you find one

I hope this is of some help Jeanine Good Luck and please keep us posted on your progress..((hugs))
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Unread 12-26-2002, 12:03 AM
need advice on pain clinics and pain docs

Hi Jeanine!

I am on my 3rd PM Dr. - & hoping that this is "the one". On my 1st PM Dr. I was referred by my GP - I didnt like the fact that he scheduled me to see him in 6 wks. for a follow-up on only the 2nd visit ! So I took matters into my own hands & found another one that is on my Ins. plan That didnt work out so now I am going to another one that is on my Ins. plan. My Dr. said she didnt care who I go to as long as they are on my plan (hmo).
Sheri has provided you with some excellent links. Good luck with finding one - I will be hoping you find a good one on the 1st try. Let us know how it goes.


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