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pain mgmt doctor,Rhem,and GP
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Karkel - December 16

Ok I was being treated by a pain mgmt doctot and was dx with Teeze disease...imflamation of chest wall...due to 4 surgeries when I had breast implants...I was given Vicodin,muscle relaxers now I go to my GP which gives them to me since my pain mgmt doctor no longer takes my insurance...my question is my rheum.that I go to in Jan gives me Tramadol cause they say Vicodin is addicting...but I read side effects for Tramadol and it has more side effects and I hate changing meds...but I know I have fibro on top of teeze disease so I want to get meds for that....the Vicodin which I may take 3 pills a week is the only thing that helps me keep my job. I have 3 years till retirement. Which doctor do you think can determine fibro a GP or a Rheum ?

 

Fantod - December 17

The doctor best suited to treat Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a rheumotologist. FMS is a very complex syndrome and requires more skilled care than a GP can probably render. My feeling about addiction and chronic pain is this: If addiction is necessary in order that the patient may have some quality of life who cares!!!

Remember that all side effects must be listed for every medication due to the ligitious society that we live in today. It doesn't matter if the actual percentage is miniscule. If Tramadol still achieves the same effect and you are not taking any more of it than Vicodin I fail to see why it should matter other than the inconvenience.

Tramadol can also be addicting so I think you are dealing with a rheumy who has a bias about Vicodin. You could try asking them if you can simply stay on it since you use so little. They'll be able to tell based on how often that you require a refill. If they won't budge you'll either have to use Tramadol or find another doctor.

Good luck and take care.

 

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