Day 18 - pain clinic
Friday, February 26, 2016
So, today was a day that I've been waiting for for 12 long weeks. My original appointment on 9th Feb was cancelled with no indication of when I'd get another one. I called only to 've told that I needed to wait for an appointment in the post. These people obviously do not have to live with chronic pain.
Wednesday my phone rings with a private number. Ugh. Yet another company offering to sort out my PPI claim, or my accident that I had in the last 3 years (must've been a bad one as I have no memory of it, lol). I answered anyway, ready to tell them I wasn't interested when I heard the words 'out patients'. Ok, I was suddenly interested. Long story short is they had some appointments for today. I jumped (not literally, I'd have been flat on my ample derriere if I'd tried that) at the chance.
Anyway fast forward to today. I went in bang on time (a first for anyone used to hospital appointments). Next came a real rollercoaster of emotions. First of all I was told that I'd already tried everything that they could offer and I'd need to be referred to the advanced pain management team at UH Coventry and Warwickshire, which would mean going back to gp and yet another however many weeks before I get seen. Then he said about 'learning to live with it'. Really???? I've waited almost 12 weeks to be told 'tough live with it'??? I don't think so! I think my face said it all as he hurried on to telling me about keeping as active as possible, which I do, even he agreed that it's difficult due to the fibro. Then he mentioned malabsorbtion of vitamins. I need to see gp about getting tested for all vitamins, minerals and trace elements, especially vits d, a & b12, calcium and magnesium, plus I've been referred to a dietician.Finally I'm getting bi-lateral facet joint injections and a bi-lateral nerve block, plus bi-lateral SIJ injections, and anything else they come across at the time, lol. This could take anything up to 18 weeks, but I've said I'd be available for short notice/cancellation. It'll be day surgery.