Just got back from my monthly appointment at Pain Management, today’s time was supposed to be set for 11:30am which is when I have to sign in by in order to be seen. Now, this office takes people by their “scheduled time” so when I got there I had 10 people in front of me because they were behind “schedule”.
Pain Management is par for the course when you have RA. Unfortunately, its run like a factory line here. The doctor (no matter what field) sets up appointments, sometimes triple booking their time slots for that ‘just in case moment’, if someone calls out. Most, however, don’t call out for Pain Management, because they NEED their pain meds to deal with each day, for whatever the cause of their pain. Just in case you don’t know, Pain Management is where your doctor sends you to receive medications/epidurals that will be long-term pain med management use as opposed to going to them. YEAH! Another ‘Specialist’!
We’re supposed to trust these people. We’re supposed to have faith that they know what they are doing. In the practice of Pain Management, they can offer epidurals, tension shots, even migraine shots (I’ll never do that again) above and beyond the medication aspects. It’s a band-aide, for whatever condition you have, but what are we supposed to do, when our options are pretty slim at best? How do we get off this cycle? Can we get off this cycle? Is it possible, when your doctor has told you, “you ARE NOT going to get any better. You need to accept that this is your life and move ahead the best that you can”?
There are some wonderfully extraordinary examples of people that have overcome cancer or learned to walk when they were told they’d never walk again (and end up doing marathons) Damned over achievers. 🙂 Ok, so you read up on all that is out there that you can find. You try homeopathic/natural ways, which you need to be very careful of because they don’t always mix with your traditional medicines. You eat healthier and try to exercise, try being the key operative word – yet vacuuming the house – by others standards isn’t considered exercise. (Not to worry, it is by mine. Leg lunges, stooping, upper body – bicep/tricep muscles especially where furniture is involved. I’ve come up with a concept for a whole body work out just doing everyday chores and getting the mail. With the right diet and exercise and add in a trip to your local food market or favorite place to shop it’s a no brainer) Seriously, just ask.
So how do we get better, if they keep us on the same hamster wheel? If you are like me, you’ve been to more than your share of doctors and really don’t want to start from scratch with all new doctors, the whole trust factor – like having none. I haven’t yet found that the hamster wheel is exercise in anything more than futility, but I guess if you look on the brighter side of things that is an exercise of the brain muscles.
Rant done for now. Give me time, I have a Rhuematology appointment next week, I’ll have plenty to add after that appointment. 🙂