Pain management Dr.s

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Mia Wallace
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/22/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new 2 this whole forum thing, however I was reading some of the threads and have noticed a lot of ppl have pain management Drs.
I am 25 & have suffered with chronic pain 4 half my life, unable 2 work 4 the past 3! I am on 6 endocet, 4- 20mg oxycontin a day & yet I have little relief. I seem 2 b @ a standstill with my PCP & don't know what else 2 do! How do u find a pain management Dr in ur area & does ur PCP refer u?

infinite
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   Posted 7/22/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mia, and welcome to the forum! I am fairly new to this forum as well, but I have found that this is a great group of people who offer great advice. I hope that you make as many quick friendships as I have :)

I was referred by my PCP who is in a different city to a PM Dr. here in mine. What I found is that at least with mine, the entire medical staff is dedicated to exploring many options as to what the issue is. My book is long, and you may have happened along my story already, so I won't bore you here.. So, I would press your regular Dr. for a referral. if you are in or close to a metropolitan area, I am guessing there will be a pain management clinic close by. i would also suggest googling the dr's name and clinic for opinions left by patients. It can help to go in to the appointment knowing what the Dr. is like and/or what their weaknesses are.

i sympathise with you for the pain you are experiencing, and I really hope that you find a path to relief soon!

Tirzah
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   Posted 7/22/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Mia,
First off, Welcome to Healing Well! I am sorry you are here due to your pain, but like infinite says, I'm sure you will find many new & wonderful friends among this Forum.
I was referred by my neurologist, but I suppose a PCP could refer as well. You might also try calling the local hospital & ask who the PM's are with privileges at their hospitals.
You could also try calling your insurance company. Sometimes they list Pain Management doctors. More commonly, PM's are listed as "anesthesiologists" and they you would have to call to find out whether they manage chronic pain & if so, whether they treat only with meds, only with procedures, or with a combination of both.

best wishes,
Frances
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Chartreux
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   Posted 7/22/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
www.webmd.com
is a good place to start your look to "find" a pain management doctor in your area,
then take that list to your pcp and ask, if you had to go to a pain management doctor
which one would you choose? and have him/her look over your list and then ask which ones will
accept your insurance...That would be a start in the right direction...
but as with any doctor there are good ones and bad ones, my first pain management doctor was a bad one.

Also, with long term chronic pain you might also want to get some good guidence with
a pain management psychologists..
your search might be hard but keep with it in hopes that you finally get good pain
management controls...

lots of soft hugz...

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straydog
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mia,

Welcome to Healing Well, I see some of the others have already got on board and said welcome & hello. You have come to the right place. We all understand pain and what it can do to a person. Yes, its hard when you have pain that is not being managed well at all.

There are two types of pain mgt drs. One does nothing but injections and procedures, no medication of any kind. The other one will do the same except they do rx medication for pain. Be sure your dr sends you to one that will write give meds. Most pain mgt need a referral from another dr, can be your PCP or specialist of some type. Pain mgt drs. as a rule know more about different kinds of meds that can be combined to relieve pain better than our PCP most of the time. There are good drs and there are bad drs. Its a real toss up what you get, its all by trial & error, the same with medication. Talk to your PCP about making a referral to one for a consult.

I am very glad you found us. Please sift through and read the threads at your convenience. You will see we discuss many things relating to pain. Oh, we do get off of the topic from time to time. Thats why Chutzie has the Koffee Klatch thing going on-something to do not related to the P word lol.

Keep us posted on how you are doing.


Straydog/Susie
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


uniquelyme
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Mia,
First off, Welcome....second, I kinda lucked out when it comes to my Pain Dr. I was seeing my regular Dr.(who did NOT give narcotics of any kind) because of back problems I had since I was 20...She happened to send me to a Physiarist (sp).  That happened to be a Pain Management Doc.  I don't have the same PCP....haven't for many years but I still see the Pain Dr. every month.  I really got lucky...most people I know have been looking for a good Pain Dr. for years. 
 
You have to have a good PCP to start with.  Then ask them about pain management....They might refer you to a good one...Most Pain Dr.'s will require a referral to see them...I see people walk into my Dr.'s office all the time wanting to make appts. only to be told they need a referral....I feel so bad for them.
 
Good Luck..
Me.

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Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen                                                                   

 


Mia Wallace
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 7/27/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you to all who replied. I will definately be exploring a few of those avenues in order 2 obtain a proper PM. I have 2 say though after dealing with the so called medical system for so long & having nothing but frustration after frustration I really am at my witts end here! I don't know how much more time & suffering I can take! I feel so alone.

uniquelyme
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 1037
   Posted 7/27/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
mia...we have all been there...so don't feel alone. Just try and find a good PM Doc so you can finally have an easier time of it.

Me.
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/  30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen                                                                   

 

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