Recently, I went to the pain doc that my ob/gyn referred me to. (look back on the other discussion that I started to see my frustrations with this) I got the impression from her that she was giving up on me and had no other ideas. I was very skeptical of going because if he doesn't understand my condition with endo then how can he possibly recommend and treatments? Well, the first thing that I asked him was if he was familiar with my condition. He seemed a little insulted by this, but said that he was plenty educated on it. Not only did he know as much as my doctor, he was also familiar with all of the current treatments, and disagreed with some of the things that she has tried! He thought that I should have the IUD removed immediately and has come up with a plan to help reduce my pain. I will be doing a hypergastric plexus block with another type of backup surgery at the same time. Here is the best part that I want you all to take away from this: He said that he has a job because doctors do not understand or treat pain properly. I should not expect my doctor to treat my pain, only deal with the condition related to my pain. What an awakening moment for me. I understood much better some of the decisions that she has made now. Also, he said that it is impossible for me to not have long term psychological effects from dealing with pain and this condition for so long and has scheduled me a visit with a psychiatrist! His approach to this is complete. He not only wants to help me stop hurting, he wants me to have a better quality of life. If you live in Vegas, let me know and I will get his contact info. What great news this is. I have never been so hopeful as I am now in 10 years!
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