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Dr. K Update [Dec. 9th, 2008|07:01 pm]
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He gave me anti-nausea medication. In fact, it's the strong kind they give cancer patients going through chemo. The plan is to try that and bland food for 1 week until I get the spine injection. The day after the spine injection I follow up with Dr. K and he prescribes me pain management meds for over the holidays based on how I do.

He said my pain log was very helpful and one of the best he's ever read and to keep it up. It is my job to record this stuff daily all week to help him decide what we are going to do to keep the pain under control over the holidays without me throwing up.

As if it got the joke, I filled my anti-nausea medication, went to the car, took a pill and immediately threw up into a bag in the car. Isn't throwing up your anti-nausea medication ironic?

[User Picture]From: stephanieanne
2008-12-10 07:08 am (UTC)
You know, I am always amazed at the conservative approach your docs take with your pain control. Only people that are in REAL pain try literally everything to stop the hurting; if Dr K. recognizes the detail and attention you are paying to your log to be as accurate as possible, than he should recognize that you aren't f*cking around when you say you are in PAIN!!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-12-10 07:28 am (UTC)
He isn't being conservative anymore. He just knows how important the use of my mind is to me, so he's been very careful. He has me on full on Methadone right now! That's super hardcore. If that doesn't work he's willing to move to Fentanyl patches. We are just hoping the injections work and I'll stop throwing up. He also offered double strength on the anti-nausea meds, but the 4mg worked, so it's less side effects if I take the minimum dose.

So, you are right, he is careful, but I really think he is a good doctor. He cares about me long term and I was able to keep working for 5 years in severe nerve pain without getting addicted, raising the dose of pain killer, or losing my ability to think. Unfortunately, I've gotten worse in the past 6 months and he's tried SO hard, with they Lyrica, the Cymbalta, the Physical Therapy and now with the Methadone low dose (because it does something special with nerve pain that other pain killers don't do, he's hoping it will stop the pain).

It really HAS worked in terms of pain, and would have most likely worked better if I hadn't throw so much of it up. So, I get frustrated too, but I know that he understands how much pain I'm in, he just wants to treat me in the safest way possible because he cares about me and doesn't want to see me go downhill.
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