I attended the pain clinic in port macquarie and it is 6 hours of my life that I will never get back. I was asked the same stupid, irrelevant questions by 3 different people, questions that had NO bearing on my multiple conditions whatsoever and the professional "advice" I was given was to STOP TAKING MY MEDS, completely, not even a paracetamol. Read a book and I will be cured.
I am so sorry that you had such an unfortunate experience with your pain management clinic. Unfortunately we don't live in a perfect world and there are some pain clinics that leave much to be desired. However, the vast majority are not like that and they certainly don't tell you to stop taking your medications.
Sometimes people cut their medications back quite drastically, but only after they have taken part in the program and feel that they have learned other strategies to manage. Most people will continue to take medication of some kind.
Not every day is a good day, but there is good in every day.
"“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
I have an appointment with a private pain specialist for the 2nd October.
My appointment was made/suggested to me by my back specialist and another of my specialists.
I'm thinking of calling them on Monday in the hope of seeing him sooner, as my back is playing up and my usual ways of dealing with it are not working.
Does anyone know of a public pain specialist in the Rockingham/Perth area of WA please.
Sorry I cannot spell the world I'm after, it's a multi clinic, pain specialist, Physio, psych.
They are one of the best in the country and have a lot of great information and techniques to pass on to you, if you are prepared to put the work in. You must have the right attitude too. Don't go looking for a cure, because that is a pipe dream for most of us. Instead, look for a better way of living, by learning how to manage your pain condition.
They run the STEPS program, which is just an intro into the pain clinic, where you attend for 3 days. You do the clinic on the first day, then see the pain specialist, physio and clinical psych on the second day, then back in the pain clinic the third day. Great information program and well worth attending.
But if you want to change your life around, you need to do the 4 week PUMP clinic. If you commit to that and go into it with an open mind, you will come out a different person altogether. I did this in 2006 and it basically put me back on my feet and changed my life for the better. I was a zombie up until then. I then did the STEPS in 2010 as a refresher, which I found very helpful. You can do the STEPS first, so that you know what you are getting into.
Anyway, to get into this pain clinic, you need to get a referral from your doctor to go there and I think it is covered by Medicare. And I don't think there is a huge waiting list either.
Give it a go and keep up informed of your progress.
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)
I have completed the steps program there a few years ago now, it was the worst 3 days of my life. I was in so much pain.
I will ask my GP for a new referral though. As it is always good to try again and I'm that bit older now and understand my pain a little better than before.