I'm done. The buck gets passed again and again and again. There is no dignity in living like this.
Finally saw the ortho today. No explanation for the increased pain. No sort of examination, nurse didn't even take a temp or blood pressure. (Though this might be standard for ortho, I'm not sure.) The doc reiterated his opinion that any surgical intervention would make things worse. He suggested that my PCP & rheumatologist should change my autoimmune meds. He dismissed my questions on pain management, indicating I should ask my PCP.
The irony would be funny if it wasn't my quality of life on the line. Both ortho and rheum say it's my PCP's job to manage pain; my PCP says it's theirs. The answer is easy: see a pain management doctor. It's the logistics I can't fathom. I live in a county with 4 people per square mile, and it's 4+ hours to the nearest legit PM clinic. I could move... but how do you move when you're broke and crippled and can't drive? Each solution makes more dilemmas. I'm just done.
ok I’m not in crisis but this issues needs resolved. I made a post says ago about having a hard time taking my meds. I take them with pudding or applesauce and it’s been fine. Until just over a week ago I started gagging in every bit even when taking one pill with a decent spoonful. Last night I was taking my pills sitting on my bed with my pup patiently waiting for the leftover sauce. I got...
For those who don’t know me - I had a bad mandible injury and ended up having most of my left jaw removed, so I have excruciating facial nerve pain and basically no gum ridge. My cheek has been excised inside for grafting, so my cheek is basically fused to the floor of my mouth on the left. Oral lidocaine gels and creams have been a disaster, because they don’t stay and slip into my throat...