Saturday 13 August 2016 8.58pm
The doctor I saw at pain clinic didnt seem bothered, he signed me off after first visit. Felt he wasnt listening either. It was just routine, asked him do the injections in spine hurt, he didnt know, gave me no information nothing. It was a waste of time me going there, I have spent more time in tesco then did with that doctor. Its a four month wait now to, but I only got it brought forward due to me complaining about the wait. I did have physio twice before six weeks each time which was helpful, but hard when they do floor exercises and I cant get back up afterwards. Just seems to be now if you want proper help you have to pay privately for it.
I've been twice. The first time was several years ago and I saw a lovely Dr unpronounceable-Polish-surname-beginning-with-G. He was wonderful. This was for neck pain, although the pain clinic came long after the appts following ibuprofen pain relief, physiotherapy and offer of acupuncture. At first I had injections then had a trial of some sort of electronic acupuncture which sort of worked. I always felt Dr G cared for the pain I was in as much as I did. He would always say to come back and make an appt direct if the treatment failed. Easier said than done because you still had to go through the reception staff and when you got an appt it was to be assessed before you would get the pain relief. Ieventually was given a TENS machine which I am still using to this day.
The second time I went was for really severe lower back pain and I was eventually sent there following the usual pain relief, physio etc. I had two lots of spinal injections, both of which worked but not for very long, about a month then 6 weeks. I went back again and this time was referred for pain injections under general anaesthetic and can report these worked brilliantly although the wait seemed interminable. I lived in fear of the pain returning and was sent on the Back Pain course run by the physio's with gentle interval training at their huge gym in St Thomas' with a chat at the end, all CBT based. To date am only suffering on occasion.
I do honestly feel that the dr's I saw genuinely did want to help, but the system is rubbish, if you're suffering really severe pain, you want help, soonest, and don't want to wait a month to get an apt card for 6-8 weeks later
I do hope Ladywriter and Jan's son in law get the treatment they need sooner rather than later. Old saying - it's the squeaky wheel that gets the oil - can only suggest you keep on and on and persevere and pester your gp, I've told other people this and know that some gp's are able to put themselves out and intervene. Best wishes!