cellomusette: (Default)
I'm deeply unsatisfied with my health care in the Berkshires, so I am looking east for better care.

My current rheumatologist doesn't like to treat my fibromyalgia, using the excuse "fibro is a neurological problem", as if it's not his responsibility.
My current physiatrist haphazardly pokes superficial muscles with a cortisone needle, like he's poking holes in the top of a jar. Since my chronic issues are with deep muscles, the treatments are basically pointless.

I am looking into pain management options in eastern MA.
I'm interested in finding:
-general pain management
-a rheumatologist, probably, to help me deal with fibromyalgia and who understands rheumatoid arthritis too
-a physiatrist who does real trigger point injections
-a holistic nutritionist (I'm interested in creating an organized supplement plan for treating my conditions)

If any of you have information on specialists or pain clinics in the Boston or North Shore area, I would greatly appreciate their contact info!!

Comments are screened. Thanks so much. :)
cellomusette: (sleepy daisy)
The tension in my shoulder, neck and head is killing me tonight. Tomorrow I'm calling the physical therapy office---enough is enough.
cellomusette: (rose and nine shag)
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Yesterday I complained at my physical therapist. I've gotten shoddy service from these folks---I have trouble getting appointments, and when I do get them, they often don't do much of anything. They keep switching me around from therapist to therapist, and I don't think notes are enough to keep the consistency. Anyway, yesterday's treatment accomplished something, for sure--I was in lots of pain afterwards, but it was DIFFERENT pain! And I spent much of afternoon/evening icing and heating my back. They're paying attention now. Maybe I won't have to fire them!

In other news, I exchanged my Y membership for a much cheaper one at the rec center. They have a sauna. So I've been going there every day. I take a 20 minute swim (or less), and then I take a sauna bath to raise my core temperature. This takes care of my random aches and pains, so that I only have my back to deal with. And since I have a lot of appointments in the same town as the center, I'm saving gas. And look! I'm exercising even though my body hurts like hell! Isn't that fantastic?

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