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I welcome questions from people who may want a "nurse's perspective" on the subject of chronic pain and pain management. I am a nurse, NOT a physician (MD).I can answer questions on medications, alternative approaches, and the various organs and body systems. There are many avenues to explore with chronic pain. I am against seeing patients suffer simply because healthcare professionals might suspect they are "drug seekers". There are methods of identifying true pain, and this makes patients feel as if they are taken seriously, which they should be.

Experience in the area

Over 25 years working experience in Internal Medicine, Adult Cardiology, Post-Surgery care, Cancer, psychiatry and some experience as a lay-counselor in addictive medicine (dependence to alcohol and/or drugs, both legal and illegal drugs).


I am an Expert with AllExperts in several areas: Pharmacy, Internal Medicine, Medical Errors. Feel free to check my Q&A history as well as my ratings, which are very high.


Diploma from hospital-based nursing school. Additional courses in pharmacology. I keep current in continuing education. Am currently working as lay-counselor which can lead to my certification as Substance Abuse Counselor.

Awards and Honors

Dean's List while in college.

Past/Present Clients

Internal medicine patients, cardiology patients recovering from heart disease and/or open-heart surgery, cancer, as well as recently working as a lay-counselor to individuals dealing with addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. NOTE: Just because I attempt to help patients with addictive diseases, I have over 25 years in Internal Medicine, have nursed patients with great deal of pain, and I am compassionate. I never label anyone as a "drug seeker". I have seen that done for years, and am against it. All patients should be evaluated for pain in a fair and comprehensive manner. Am an Expert with AllExperts in three other medical categories; feel free to check my ratings, which are high.

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Recent Answers from Patricia M

2016-05-22 Medication Withdrawal:

Ashley is your mom in the hospital at this time?  I want to explain that we had a family emergency and had to drive to Savannah GA and just got back.  So sorry, but it happened around midnight tues. You

2016-03-28 fleril:

Joyce,  I apologize for the wait. I did not receive your question, because I had Internet connection problems. I'm sorry, I just wanted you to know that you were not being ignored. The drug Flexeril is

2015-10-12 Spinal mri:

K,  you are asking a very intelligent question. I don't know the exact answer, but I'm going to presume that they can tell infection in the same way that a dentist can visualize an infection in a tooth

2015-09-24 Chronic pain, weaning off meds:

I received your question, and I have been giving it some thought and a little research. I want to do a little more consulting with the pharmacist, and hope to have an answer for you by Friday. Please

2015-06-29 widespread pain:

Amanda, I sent you a very lengthy answer, then I found that it probably did not go through. So I'm having to start over.  I wanted to tell you that your symptoms left me with a lot of questions, however


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