My husband suffers chronic pain, due to an accident 20 years ago, which crushed some of his spinal nerves. He had a wonderful pain specialist in Sydney; Prof Champion, who has retired. We've seen a new guy who was very unhelpful, and judgemental, and now when we go to the GP for his regular S8 prescriptions, she keeps saying "I could go to jail if I write this script one day too soon" and the like. My husband reacts differently from the "Norm", and cant take many of the pain meds usually prescribed, mostly because of rashes, and bowel obstructions. What I need to know, as his carer,and wife, is just how do I go about finding a new pain specialist? I'm at my wits end, because every time something changes, things just get worse. His lovely GP got sick and quit, then his wonderful Prof Champion retired, and now we have nobody who understands or gives a damn.! Can anyone tell me of a sympathetic, kind pain specialist in Sydney??
It sounds as though you are both going through a particularly difficult time. It is so hard when a doctor who is so good for you is no longer available. I had the same thing happen 3 years ago and I was devastated at the time.
I think that the answer to your question lies with your GP. Your GP should be able to refer you to a good pain specialist. If your husband feels that this particular GP is unhelpful for him, then the best thing to do is to seek out another one. I know this is hard but it may be better in the long run.
Has your husband ever been to a multidisciplinary pain clinic? I think that there are several in Sydney. They are usually attached to Public hospitals. Maybe Google is your friend here if you don't have an obliging GP. Pain needs to be managed from many different angles. Medication is only part of the answer. The skills that can be learned at a pain clinic can definitely be useful in helping people to re-engage with life. Part of any good pain clinic is to see a psychologist. This is not because people in pain are considered to be imagining their pain, but because those psychologists have a lot of strategies that can also help with pain management.
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There are two guys that i find have a lot of empathy and might be able to help. The first is Pain Specialist Dr Phil Siddall who is at the Greenwich private hospital:
Greenwich Hospital Pain Clinic
Greenwich NSW 2065
Tel 02 9903 8333
fax 02 9437 4829
60 Derby Street
Kingswood NSW 2747
Ph: 4722 8100
Fx: 4722 8388
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I am in Port Macquarie and have had all kinds of troubles finding doctors etc, eventually I stumbled into Port Base Hospital Pain Clinic. Port Base has a multi-disciplinary pain clinic. The reason I mention it is that the team at Port Base interact with another team at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. I ended up with with 2 teams of docs looking/working with me If it is needed, I am told that RNSH will interact with similar teams in the US.
Maybe give them a call or get your doc to refer you.
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