Doc: "What brings you in today?"
Doc: "Where does it hurt?"
Doc: "What's causing the pain?"
Me: "Dislocated shoulders, spine, hips, ribs, knees, ankles, etc."
Doc: "There's no way you can dislocate all those things."
Me: "I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a couple months back I dislocated my larynx and forgot how to breathe for a while."
Doc: "Oh, right, you're the one with Ehlers. How bad has the pain been lately?"
Me: "Mostly around a five or six, but when I fall, or twitch, and dislocate something it spikes really bad, and I'm just looking for pain meds for breakthrough pain, because I'm pretty used to the all day, every day pain."
Doc: "So what were you thinking for medication?"
Me: "All of the other doctors I've seen have refused to prescribe anything stronger than Tylenol 3, but that stopped working for me years ago."
Doc: "True enough. I'll give you something quite a bit stronger, but you have to be careful not to take it too often."
Then he printed me a prescription for Tramacet, which is a combination of Tramadol and Acetaminophen. I'm hoping it'll work for me, and maybe help me to sleep.
But YAY! I didn't get the "Ehlers Danlos doesn't cause pain" that a lot of doctors spew out, or the "You're too young to hurt that much" or "We don't want to promote drug-seeking behaviour" that a lot of doctors seem to be afraid of these days. It was a simple thing, I told him what I needed, he agreed wholeheartedly, and I was out of there in five minutes. It's no wonder he was my favorite doctor all those years ago before he moved away. 2011 is looking promising.
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