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4 years 2 months ago #19334 by snapper88
snapper88 replied the topic: Victoria?
I do Physo, infact I went this morning at 8.00am, and have seen a psychologist,(many) have a pain managment Dr, from Monash, who now today I get a ref letter stating that I am to see his women who works at his business as a psychologist, who I already said I didn't want to see. I wanted to find someone in my home area, close by or near the main city, so I could get there by train. That one was out of the blue. The Pain guy suggested his person last year. I have been to pain clinic before, I have a pain in my pelvic area that is just hurting so much. I can handle FM, but not the pain that I have now. I don't like the way I am being treated at all. Brushed off for months, have been to ER, a few times over pelvic pain. I will admitted it I don't like the gp, I am seeing at all. He talks over me and doesn't listen to what I have to say. Then tells me I am wrong all the time. I have tried to see a women GP at the clinic, but he texted message me, that I was to see him. I feel scared of him, when it comes to fulling out my scripts and telling him that I have a problem. He makes me panic for no reason. The power that he has over me, not to full out my scripts, and then doesn't listen to me. I am really worried about my pelvic area, have been for nearly a year. I also have a Bursa, which I tried to tell the gp about, but physo girls is fixing that up, he was mad that I went straight to her and not him. I did get a scan ordered from him, for the shoulder. When it came to telling me that I had a Bursa, it was like telling me that something bad was going to happen,when it wasn't at all. I can fix a Bursa. Not an issue. But I have that pain, since last year too. I am on FM sites as well on FB, so talk to others as well. At last today, after months and months of trying to tell gp, he done a few tests. I had to show him my operations scars, let him do pap test, look inside, blood work looking for cancer. The Gp's, make me feel worse about myself, not better. My old Gp, died over a year ago. She was wonderful and this would have never have happened. She thought that Thrush, was causing the pain, which i have suffered with all my life.

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4 years 2 months ago #19335 by Mary
Mary replied the topic: Victoria?
Hi again snapper88,

II am guessing that you have told your pain specialist about your pelvic pain? Chronic pelvic pain is a reasonably common condition, but of course, other conditions need to be ruled out first. If you Google Chronic Pelvic Pain you amy get some information on it. We do have some members who suffer from this condition so they may well see this and offer you some advice. Also, if your GP is upsetting you so much, then it may be an idea to see if you can find another in a different practice. I know it's a nuisance to start over but the stress that this one is causing you can make all your pain worse.

Mary

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4 years 2 months ago #19385 by Cat35
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Hi Jess,

I just discovered this forum, and am more than happy to share my recommendation of the Austin Health pain clinic, in Heidelberg, which I have been going to for four years for my pain management. They have a multidisciplinary team, which includes doctors, physiotherapists and psychologists.

The main pain physician is wonderful, very caring and out of the more than 20 specialists I have seen over the years, I felt that he listened best to what I was saying about my symptoms, and came up with the most appropriate treatment options.

The physiotherapy included a hydrotherapy-based program in addition to the more "typical" physiotherapy, as well as graded motor imagery therapy, which has brain-training techniques that alter the neural pain pathways.

I also found the psychologists sessions quite useful in coming up with some excellent relaxation techniques, plus focussing on pacing to work out what is achievable without causing flare-ups.

I'm not sure what the waiting time is now to get into the Austin pain clinic, but I would highly recommend it, and because it's in a public hospital, you don't have to pay anything once you're being treated.
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4 years 2 months ago #19386 by Mary
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Hi Cat35 and welcome.

Thank you so much for your detailed description of the Austin Health Pain Clinic. If only all pain clinics could operate like this one. There are many that do, but sadly, some do not and people give up trying to find one that will help them. Who can blame them!

Graded Motor Imagery is a relatively new technique, so it is great to hear of your positive outcome from using it.

Thanks again for sharing this information.

Mary

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4 years 2 months ago #19387 by jess_scott
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Hi Cat35, we live in the eastern suburns so this sounds great! we have a meeting with her doctor at the childrens hospital tomorrow to discuss some options. Does the pain doctor there also prescibe medications if/when needed? Thanks!

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4 years 2 months ago #19388 by Cat35
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Hi Jess,

Yes, he prescribes medications if needed, I currently use ketamine lozenges that are made up specially at the Austin pharmacy. He also does nerve blocks and I had a couple of short-term drug infusions (2 hr) when he was trying to work out what would work for me and what wouldn't.
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