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Pain Syndrome, Occupational health and tears.

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by figroll, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. I suffer from chronic pain following a RTA and recently have had flareup after flareup that has got me really down. My doctor signed me off for two weeks and within a week I had an appointment sent through for Occupational Health. The OH appointment is tomorrow, my next appointment with my doctor is the following day. My doctor says that the pain is currently out of control and I need to put myself first and rest - he also says that I am suffering from depression as a result of the pain and wanted to see me after two weeks rest to review my health. I am getting worried about the OH appointment tomorrow and still keep bursting into tears. I have already reduced my hrs and still can't seem to manage work / home / pain. What should i expect from OH and can they say I must go back to work before my doctor sees me the following day? Any help or advice please.
     
  2. I suffer from chronic pain following a RTA and recently have had flareup after flareup that has got me really down. My doctor signed me off for two weeks and within a week I had an appointment sent through for Occupational Health. The OH appointment is tomorrow, my next appointment with my doctor is the following day. My doctor says that the pain is currently out of control and I need to put myself first and rest - he also says that I am suffering from depression as a result of the pain and wanted to see me after two weeks rest to review my health. I am getting worried about the OH appointment tomorrow and still keep bursting into tears. I have already reduced my hrs and still can't seem to manage work / home / pain. What should i expect from OH and can they say I must go back to work before my doctor sees me the following day? Any help or advice please.
     
  3. angel09

    angel09 New commenter

    Hi
    Sorry only read your post and hope it is not too late. Ring the OH and tell them what your gp said to reschedule the appt. to a more suitable time for you..maybe next week or by recommendation from your gp.
    Don't stress..just discuss with your gp who sounds supportive and look after your body first. ((hugs))
     
  4. Roboteer

    Roboteer New commenter

    Hi,
    As angel said, ring and postpone if you can - use the snow as an excuse if need be! I presume your GP has signed you off, if so OH cannot over-ride this and suddenly ask you to go back tomorrow. That is very quick for a referral to come through, I suspect the OH people may not actually be that impressed at being called in so quickly.
    In terms of managing your condition, are you seen by a specialist pain relief clinic? If not, please ask your GP to refer you to one. They are amazing places and have so many tricks up their sleeves that they can try in order to give you more control.
    As a ray of hope, I have suffered from chronic pain syndrome since I was 18 (14 years, agh I feel old!) and have managed it really well for the last 12 years since I went to a specialist pain relief centre. I still have problems when I'm overtired and I can't turn my brain off from the pain signals, but mostly I can ignore it all. Do take your GP's advice and rest up - it is the best cure.
     
  5. Thank you for your kind words. i ended up going to the appointment but took my husband with me. The doctor explained that the appointment had been called because of the time I had had off work and that my manager wanted to know if there was anything they should be doing to 'support me' so that the 'local authority could get more work out of me'. I did feel very threatened and vulnerable and was really glad that hubby was there. I took along all the reports from my consultant rheumatologist and the one from the pain clinic too. The OH doctor did try to find some ways that work could support me but it is hard. When I am fine and the pain is under control then I am fine. It's just this time the flare up instead of lasting 2/3 days just wouldnt stop and after nearly 2 weeks of working through it I was exhausted and as my doctor said I just needed to rest. The pain clinic have been good and I really do understand my condition its just sometimes it gets out of control. i am under alot of stess at the moment with work and also legal action and I just seem in melt down. the OH doc looked at my absence record over the past year and it was only 6 days with 4 being a spell of bronchitis - but ofcourse this absence has been 2 weeks.

    I came out of there and was very tearful and upset, I have my doctors appointment tomorrow and right this minute the thought of going back to work is horrendous- my hubby says that I should give the anti depressants ( which was prescribed last time ) a bit of time to work................. Oh what a horrible day !
     
  6. Has anyone had acupuncture for pain? did it work? looking forward to views
     
  7. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    What about a Tens machine? I believe you can rent them.
     
  8. If it's any help, my daughter is a senior physio that trained in acupuncture for pain relief years ago when she worked with orthopaedic patients (many recovering from quite major surgery) and reckons she has had good results with a lot of patients especially if they really believe it will work- as she says that the placebo effect seems to give the effects a bit of a boost. She lives some distance away, so I don't get much in the way of treatment from her, but she did have a 'go' on once me for neck pain relief so I could feel what it would be like if I ever want to try a course of treatment locally, and the needles didn't feel uncomfortable.
    She's very sceptical about some treatments-(for instance I go to an osteopath from time to time to sort out my arthritic spine-it works well for me) so the fact that such an experienced physio (she reached Clinical Specialist level at age 28 and has a masters degree too) has faith in acupuncture is a positive sign.
    Hope it works for you-just remember to try to relax when the needles are going in!
     
  9. I had acupuncture after my car accident and it really really helped.
     
  10. redgrape

    redgrape New commenter

    I've had acupuncture in the past for pain & it did help for a short while but it also helped me to relax a little more.

    redgrape
     
  11. Sounds encouraging. what does it actually feel like though? How long are the needles kept in for? What should I expect afterwards? I am rather desperate :(.
     
  12. I had accupuncture for chronic pain. Started off by having a 30 minute session every week for 6 weeks and then every three weeks and finally about every six weeks. The needles are very thin and you really don;t feel them going in. My therapist (nhs hand therapist) would put in 4 needles and sort of wiggle them while chatting to me.
    Afterwards I felt very tired and a bit emotional but that passed quite quickly. I found the effects lasted about 5 - 6 weeks before I wanted it done again. I have to be honest and say that I didn;t expect it to work and only had it done because I felt that I owed it to the therapist who had been so good to me for so long! I was amazed at the outcome.
    Had been having it for about 5 years when I fell and badly broke my hand. Accupuncture didn't seem to work after that. I now rely on pain killers. I understand what you are saying about needing to stop when the pain gets really bad.
    I have oramorph (morphine) which I take when it gets really bad. I can only take it at the weekend because I can't work when Ihave taken it. It does mean that I ohnly ever have to suffer badly for 5 days. The oramorph kills the pain really well. I don;t take it more than about 3 times a year but it wonderful to know that it is there if and when I need it. Have you considered something like that? Just a safety net if you need it.

    Mimi
     

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