Pain management by GP'S and surgeons today.

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I'm a 68 yr old male diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and have had my share of ops recently.( 2 knee replacements, perineal radical prostatectomy, spinal fusion L4/L5, plus others) Before fibromyalgia came along, my pain threshold was fairly good, but now pain is a constant issue for me. I seem to remember some years back, the medical catchcry was " no patient ever need be in pain", with the pain medications available. Now, the catchcry is " pain medication is bad for you and you don't really need it." Fear of addiction to pain killers has changed the attitude of medical professionals, and to a certain extent, fair enough. But unfortunately this is a blanket reaction and many people are suffering needlessly. For example, my neighbour is 90 yrs old and is in constant agony with osteo arthritis in hip. Too old for surgery, but GP's see no reason to prescribe sufficient pain killers to relieve his agony, after all, he may become addicted to them ! He is now wishing for a pill to end it all !

After recent surgeries, I have been in severe pain, but surgeons believe 2 panadol is adequate pain relief. These surgeons have obviously never endured the pain post surgery. This was born out recently for me when my GP had a knee replacement and complained that the week following surgery was the worst week of his life and he would not wish this on his worst enemy. When I told one surgeon pre op that I suffered from fibromyalgia, he laughed and said he didn't believe in it.

Is it just me, or are other people having similar issues with the attitudes of medical professionals today ?

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    Hello John, it has been a few years since I've posted or read anything on

    "Patient". sadly the only reason to return is age and health problems. I like the 90 year old man you mentioned have a hip that should have had my right hip replaced 10 years ago. I put it off and heart and kidney problems came in making a general anesthesia too dangerous. Now I suffer with bone on bone pain that my GP is still trying to solve as it worsens. I'm on Tramadol, Norco plus the Tylenol array. Next they are thinking about a patch with some very strong stuff. What do you hear about that might be interesting.?

    My previous contact with this site was due to a 4 to 5 year fight with PMR. Some of my pains are very similar.

    Paul Linder

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