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barnes3188 - January 8

Is there anyone in Utah that has found a doctor to prescribe them medications? Every doctor I have found will give me one prescription for lortab or percocet and then once each finds out the other gave me something before they will no longer treat me. Even though i've seen them at completely different times. I'm tired and hopeless and at this point the pain management doctor I waited to see for 6 months won't even do nothing for my pain he basically told me it's all in my head and made me feel crazy and told me I should be taking pain meds and if I do I need to get them from whoever else prescribed them previously. And he is suppose to be a Fibro-Specialist in a lot of states Dr. N. Lee Smith. What do I do am I crazy to believe that these pain meds I know have helped really aren't what I need or do I need another doctor? If anyone has any info on fibro-friendly doctors in utah or any opinions on this let me know I am at my breaking point.


barnes3188 - January 8

Sorry let me correct myself the pain management doctor said I shouldn't be taking pain meds. at all even though i've told him with out them I can't get out of bed or take care of my kids. Sorry I read the post after I posted it and realized it made no sense. thanks


Fantod - January 8

Hello barnes3188 - Try going to the National Fibromyalgia Association website and ask them for a referral to a fibro-friendly rheumotologist in your area.

Go and see the rheumotologist with any records that you have available including recent bloodwork. Let them do a work up on you and see if they have any new or better ideas. You can ask them for a referral to a pain specialist. Be vey candid about what you did in regards to the pain specialists and who you have already seen.

My pain specialist is very leery of treating anyone expecially people with FMS. We have a good working relationship now but it was difficult to gain his trust. Once he saw that I was a responsible patient he relaxed a bit. He monitors my prescriptions very closely and if I am a no-show for an appointment, they will not call a refill in to the pharmacy. I have to reschedule and appear for the appointment in order to get the refills required.

Unfortunately, you are going to have to start over. But I think seeing a new rheumotologist might be a good idea anyway. There are some new treatments for FMS out there that your current doctor may not be aware of at this time. I see a pain specialist because of a lower back issue that causes a great deal of pain in my legs and hips.

I know you are tired and frustrated and I've been there too. You have to look at the situation from a medical professionals standpoint. If I were in their shoes and wanted to keep my malpractice insurance, I would not write a script for you either.

I hope my comments are helpful to you in some way. I'm sure that there are better days ahead. Take care.


barnes3188 - January 11

Thanks for the advise I am currently seeing a pain specialist and all the rheumotologist aren't willing to help. The pain doctor wouldn't give me anything for the pain and now that i've seen him my primary care doctor won't help either she use to give me lortab which at least helped a bit. I wish this wasn't so hard I have started over at least 5 times so I currently have an appt. with a different doctor at the pain clinic since now I am a established patient they will let me see someone else but if the 1st doctor I saw there is suppose to be a FMS specilist then why would the other doctor do anything different they still think i'm faking I know they do. I'm tired of the tears and the pain and trying to survive everyday fighting to do so. I wish just for once one of these doctors who believe in FMS would be willing to treat me they only give referrels and offer NSAIDS which i can't take due to stomach problems and on top of all this I have a herniated disk a couple in my lower back actually so who knows but for now I am hopeless. No I not depressed until I realize I have no doctor now they want to use the depression and say that is why i'm in pain but really the depression didn't exist till the pain got unbareable. Thanks again for your help but for now I have no high hopes of finding anyone. Oh I have also went to FMS sites and called the doctors in my area none of them really quit treat they give referrals which i've been doing for a year now. Sorry for being such a downer but I can't help but be negative with what i'm going through I'm glad some of us with FMS find help. I've considered moving out of state even just get help but I have a family and mortgage so it's not that easy.


axxie - January 12

Hi, I'm not from Utah, but what you need is a good gp or someone who treats fibro. My gp is great, she has me on Symbalta. No it does not make you fat, it actually makes you loose a few pounds. You can be on symbalta for your life, and no pain meds do not help you. Go see your doctor and tell him/her that if he can't or won't help you then ask him to recommend someone who will. Ever since I have been on symbalta, my mood has been good and slept really good for the better part of the first month. A couple of days after being on symbalta, I waltz in the doctor's office. I could not believe how well I felt. I'm on 60mg, and it works for me. It's not a miracle drug, you just have to figure out what your limitations are. Being on it makes my pain more manageable. Good luck to you.


boxerMom - January 13

Hello! This is my first post here! I am in Utah and have had similar problems. I think it comes from the fact that we're one of the top states for prescription drug abuse and death. The government has gotten involved and now regulates all Dr.'s and the pain meds they can prescribe. I am also trying to find a doc that understands that I am NOT a drug "seeker" and I actually don't want the stupid oxy, I just want some kind of relief! I have been told by by my Family doc that she cannot help me anymore, and then by the Rhuematologist that I need to find a Family Doc that will just prescrible meds beause that is the only the treatment there is. Good times, I tell ya! I cannot beleive the torture they put us through just to avoid the "F" word (Fibro) around here. I do not recommend the nerve conduction test, it is about the worst! I cannot find anyone here that knows a Dr that treats Fibro for a referral and I have taken to asking anyone that will listen, if they know anyone. There is a program here called OFFER, it is a support group and there are a couple of docs there that treat it, the only problem is that they do not take insurance (at least mine) and they all have about an 8 month waiting period. Utah is just a weird crazy state!!


barnes3188 - January 13

Thanks for letting me know i'm not alone I have had the exact same problem you took the words right out of my mouth. I am so sick and literally. I have been to so many doctors it's horrible how much they will avoid treating FMS I am so ready to just go off on them at this point. I have one more chance with a pain doctor and if he doesn't help I'm going to tell him I know he helps other people he shouldn't cuz i do know of people he has over medicated but I can't even find someone to help me at all. Thanks so much for all the support if i have any luck i will let you know and ur right about Utah it sucks here.


gelbvieh - March 22

I am not a fibro patient, but I used to have a doctor in Gunnison, Utah that was excellent when it came to treating my chronic back pain. She is a gp named Kimberly Beck. She is not afraid to prescribe a patient sufficient amounts of pain medication to treat your pain. She is honest with you and will give you her immediate trust. If you break that trust, your through. Look for her in the phone directory in Gunnison, Utah. Be honest and up front with her. She is not affiliated with any groups like IHC. She hates them. I made the mistake of telling her not to prescribe me any more pain meds, as I was concerned about getting hooked on them. After I convinced myself that I was able to live without them, I have no longer been able to have her treat me anymore. Were still great friends, however. Good luck.


wolfgirl - August 13

If you are still looking for a doctor, I know of 2 that are excellent with prescribing pain meds for fibro patients


bratdi - February 26

hey ,
I have a great dr in sartoga springs. I am not sure where u are located... Cymbalta works but not 100%.. i am on it.. The dr tried me on lyrica Not a good idea for someone who has major i can't take it.. i can't take aspirin or ibprophen either so i can really only take lorotab ect.. its hard. Is anyone a mother of young kids also.. i am and its depressing on the days i can't do anything..


wafdo - August 26

can you please email me the names of the fibro friendly doctors? I have been recently told that I need to go see somebody about it. I just know the game the docs play,and if I could get some inside on what docs don;t play the tough games would be great. please email me at hydrup at hotmail dot com Thanks


wafdo - August 26

can you refer me to your doctor in sarasota? hydrup at hotmail dot com. Thanks!


Nee_ster310 - September 11

Im sorry you are going thru this. I too felt only a little bit of what your going thru. I just have inflammation in my knees, hands and neck. Now, My mother went to the a new doctor about 4 months ago and the doctor refereed my mom to go and order a product online to try for her fibro. Its an all natural product. She said this product has the highest antioxidants in the world. Its called Kyni. Well, I and my mother tried it at the same time with in the 2ed week I started not feeling the pain. For my mothers fibro it took a month and a half. Within the 3 weeks my mom started sleeping and it has been 14 years since she slept thru the night and now she is snoozing away. I asked the doctor if I can give this info to friends and family and she said its for everyone who would like to order. I call Kyani's customer service at #208-529-9872 #283378 my mom orders online at and give them the docs Distributor #283378 The three product that Dr. Baird let us know about is Nitro Extreme, kyani sunrise and kyani sunset. I just went ahead nd got my own membership #.This stuff truly works and wished that all doctors knew about this. Well Rahin, All I can say is try it for yourself. I just realized that there is money back guaranteed within 30 days. TRY IT TRY IT TRY IT... Its amazing


barnes3188 - September 28

Hello it's been awhile but I hope u still have referrals the two u had mentioned I really need to find someone i'm miserable and don't know what to do no longer its been 4 years now and I'm even more lost then before. Thanks and I appreciate any help of referrals in utah


Nee_ster310 - September 30

Hi Barnes3188, I have the info above your comment. Im in spanish fork and this stuff really helped me. Its called Kyani.


wolfgirl - October 4

Anyone can email me at valmoody78 at hotmail dot com, and I will email you with the names of 2 fibro friendly doctors


hdrider1975 - October 5

My RA (I live in PA, sorry not Utah) gave me a statistic when I was in the first time to see him that totally put me back. He said that 4 out of every 10 pain management doctors will not give narcotic pain medications to their patients. And they are pain management doctors! We discussed it for a bit and he said the laws have gotten so strict that most doctors are afraid of losing their medical licenses.

That being said, my doctor does give me medication, but it took me a while to find a doctor that "got it". My biggest concern is that he is in his mid 60's and is in an office all alone. If he decides to retire what am I going to do?

I just wanted to let you know that there are good doctors out there. please keep looking. I truly hope you find someone to help you.

But one thing - please be careful when asking for the narcotics. You must get them from the same doctor, you must get them filled at the same pharmacy. And you don't want to skip around different kinds of narcotic medications (i.e. going from percocet to vicodin, back to percocet, back to vicodin). All those things throw up a red flag and the doctors will be leery of helping you.

Good luck. Gentle huggs, blessed be.



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