View Full Version : Seeing a pain specialist psychologist!

27th November 2009, 04:54 PM
Hi Guys.

Saw my pain clinic Dr on Monday!

The BuTrans patches and the Duloxetine are not helping my pain at all, and the nerve pain seems to be getting worse. I believe this is because my scoliosis makes the left side of my back lean moreso on chairs than the right side of my back and it's irritating my nerves I think. I also forgot to mention that since I've started on the meds, my Restless Legs have come back as my legs literally feel restless! I am also feeling extremely drowsy!

We've decided that it would help if I saw a psychologist who specialises in chronic pain. I think this will help me a lot to be honest because I do focus quite a bit on my pain.

I'll keep you all updated on how it goes etc.

Many thanks and lots of love from Lyssie xx :)

27th November 2009, 05:58 PM
Thats great Lyssie - I really hope they can help you. I know from my experience that how you think about your pain does have an effect on how you feel. If you focus on it and get upset about how much it is affecting you, this will only create extra stress and tension, which makes the pain worse.

If you can learn some techniques to stop you focussing on the pain so much, this should help you manage things better.

Good for you for taking this step - I'm proud of you xx

27th November 2009, 07:08 PM
Fuming at my insurance!! They confirmed for both of my appointments so far and even asked me for a report from my pain Dr for the psychologist now I called up secretary to ask if the letter was sent to the insurance and the secretary called insurance to ask them about it, then she called me back saying that my policy don't actually cover any sort of pain management. I had a scare that they wouldn't even pay for the two appointments so I called them up and it's right my policy doesn't cover for any sort of pain management, he reassured me that the confirmed appointments would be payed for because they were confirmed! I asked WHY?! He haid he honestly didn't know why they'd been confirmed because my policy doesn't cover this!
I am going to write to head office under the grounds that I was lead on to think I could be funded for my pain management and now have to go through my GP and get a referral that could take months maybe? And supprise supprise I suffer with chronic pain! I am very dissapointed! Not happy.

Sorry /rant,


27th November 2009, 08:22 PM
Grrrrrr, wriggly smelly insurance worms >:|

Lyssie. I so hope you can get this sorted as it sounds like it is just what you need.

In the meantime, I have a hypnotherapy CD from when I paid privately for 4 sessions, which is targeted at pain control. If you would like me to send it to you, PM me your address :)

27th November 2009, 08:55 PM
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggghhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry but I want to scream. I am so frustrated with my own insurance right now that this has just been the final straw for me. I can't take another bad insurance story. Trying to work out what is covered (and how long) is a full time job in itself.

I REALLY hope you get this sorted Lyssie. It is more stress for you darling. Just remember that when you write to your insurance company try to be as factual as possible. List times, dates, names of people spoken to etc. Make sure the letter does not seem at all emotional. From past experience I can tell you that I was so upset with my insurance that, even though my letter was factual, I got all stroppy with them over the phone (bad idea because most calls are taped). Anyway, they actually claimed that, due to my depression history, my version was unrealiable. So please don't do what I did - don't give them a free pass!! Keep cool, controlled but FIRM!

Take care and let us know how you get on. :squeeze:

27th November 2009, 09:39 PM
Lyssie, I am really glad you will be seeing someone about the psychological aspect of the pain as I really think it would help. I am really annoyed with the insurance company though, they should not be allowed to get away with it. If you get no joy from the complaint, take them to the ombudsman because on the grounds that they have led you on and are still paying for a couple of appointments means that their own staff have not been trained correctly and have mis-informed which should be picked up under their treating customers fairly regulations.

27th November 2009, 09:58 PM
Oh Lyssie that's just rubbish. Insurance companies always try to get out of paying if they can - well in my experience anyway. As Claire says you should take it further as it does seem wrong to be told one thing and then another.

If it turns out they won't fund it could you do the Functional Restoration Programme that Claire just completed? It sounded so helpful. I'm thinking of asking my GP if there is one near me.

Good luck - I hope you can get it all sorted out. :squeeze:xx

28th November 2009, 11:40 AM
Have written a letter of complaint to the company whilst it's fresh in my mind! Very well written as my mum and sisters have said! Sending it today. I'll be able to see Dr Gallagher (the pain Dr) on the NHS (I didn't mention this in the letter though which I did on purpouse) which is great but I don't even know how long the whole process will take. And like I mentioned in the letter, I bloomin well suffer with chronic back pain! Divs!

Everyone, you lot are amazing, thank you! Gilly I shall PM you my address if you wouldn't mind sending me the CD, if that is okay?

Love from Lyssie xxoxx

28th November 2009, 06:35 PM
Gladly Lyssie, it may be of some help and certainly can't do any harm :)

Mustang Sal
29th November 2009, 08:56 PM
Oh no, that's cack! What is it with insurance companies? They quite happily take our money but are not so hot on actually doing what we pay them to do >:|

Has anyone actually explained to you why they don't cover pain management? If you need it you need it, so why do they stop short of covering this? I don't get it :???:

I really hope you can get something sorted soon hun :squeeze:

Little Ali
10th December 2009, 10:09 PM
Lyssie :squeeze:

I'm really sorry I've only just seen this post. I think that's disgraceful! There's no reason why they shouldn't cover pain management!! It's part of the same problem they've been paying for treatment with already! Idiots!! >:|

Here if you need me :squeeze:

13th December 2009, 11:33 AM
Hi, I didn't read all the posts regarding insurance, mainly because it will be sickeningly predictable. The "yes you can now have complete peace of mind" ends the second you hand the money over! I had a house insurance claim take 2.5yrs to sort and it cost them double what it would of if they'd just been fair. Doubt medical insurance will be any different, fight it though, they rely on people giving up. Don't know if you'd want to mention putting their company name on the forum to see if it will help them "make an exception." Anyways, back to the original post, I am terrible at dwelling on the pain I have, I think about it most of the day, it does become all consuming. I'm certainly not saying, don't think about it so much and it will go away. But I am saying there are thousands of people out there who hurt far more than I do, but have the strength to just get on with it. Don't know if I've worded that well, but I hope you understand what I'm saying, be strong, it'll hurt less. Just wish I could take my own advise.