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There’s always a catch.  There was I thinking ALL I had to do was work through my intense PTSD from the near-death hysterectomy-from-hell which still wakes me every night in genuine panic.  But no, there is more.  Much, much more. I consulted a surgeon, one of the best. I have private health insurance for exactly this reason.  In...
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Six weeks ago I saw my pain management doctor for review, which was necessary due to the new opioid regulations that came into effect in Australia in June 2, 2020.  These regs have been widely misapplied and used as a reason to force taper some chronic pain patients who are on long term opioid therapy.
Yesterday I had my annual “health check”.  My GP has been pushing me to make this visit for months.  It was a complete waste of my time, its an appointment with the practice nurse (who was lovely) running through basic health questionaires and measuring weight, blood pressure, and checking basic health markers, such as cholesterol. 
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Four weeks ago I saw my GP for my opioid scripts (Targin and oxynorm) and she was determined to taper me off my opioid pain medications.  I had been reviewed by a pain management specialist, but I wasn’t sure what his letter would say.  I had managed to convince both of them to give me one more...
I saw my GP this morning, as a follow up to my pain management specialist yesterday.  My pain doctor doesn’t actually write prescriptions himself – he writes to the GP authorising the medication and dose and outlines the treatment plan, and the GP does the prescribing.  This means that he pockets a very large fee, and...
Whelp today I had my long-awaited appointment with my pain management doctor.  Since June 1st, and the change in the regulations in Australia surrounding opioid therapy, my GP has been ‘handing off’ my pain management to the pain management specialist.  She has made it clear that she can only prescribe opioids IF he approves, and only at...