Pain Clinics

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Good afternoon, just like some advice me. I have been offered a referral to NHS Bath, England, Pain Clinic. However it's a geographical nightmare to get to from my home address. What can Bath offer than say, a hospital in London that can't. Frustrated with the referral location. If it's a centre of excellence maybe but at the moment can't see anything on the website that makes it stand out. Thank you.

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    where do you live. are you being offered it because its the one with the first available appointment.  If you can find a nearer one then ask your GP to change it.  There is one at st thomas's amajor teaching hospital.

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      Thank you for your reply. My referral is from the Doctor at my local hospital own Pain Clinic in the Channel Islands. This appointment would require a flight to Bristol then train to Bath. Appointment then overnight stay and the return journey. Challenging and very tireing.
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      I know. It sounds crazy. I'm already been referred to the local pain clinic by my Consultant. They in turn have said they can't do anything but will refer me to Bath. Guess who is expected to pickup most of the bill even though I'm a public patient not private?! Besides the travel I don't understand what one clinic can offer over and above another one when they are not listed as a centre of excellence. So I thought I would ask. In case someone could shed some light on the situation.

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      Ps. I'm still in pain since my last op (shoulder and knee) 18 months ago but my main concern and request for help was initially to reduce my pain medication even though I am in pain. I have failed so far due to horrendous withdrawal symptoms. I'm trying to find my base level then and only then take any appropriate medication. Unsure if taking such high level of opiate based pain killers for so long my body is generating false pain besides other side effects (sleep, appetite etc) If that makes sense. The local pain clinic have declined to help just telling me to see my GP for guidance but want to refer me to Bath for my pain. My GP says to come down off my meds I need expert guidance which he isn't qualified/knowledgeable to do. Of which I respect him for being so honest.

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    Hi Stephanie. This all seems rather strange the need to travel with chronic pain in the days of email and video conferencing, skype etc.

    What  pain killers are you on? It wouldnt happen to be Fentanyl - the patch or sublingual equivalent Actiq or fentanyl as there is currently a witch hunt if you are not a cancer patient.

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      Hi. I had thought of that as well. Feel I'm being fobbed off. I'm currently on OxyContin. 5mg in the morning 10mg at night slow release and liquid about 4 times through out the day. If I don't take the liquid the symptoms are horrendous. I feel trapped.

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