Looking for a new pain doctor - any advice?

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sukismith
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   Posted 4/20/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All - I am new to this forum. I have had severe back and neck pain from scoliosis, and ruptured discs in my neck for the past 3 years. This fall I had an Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion at c4/5 and 6/7.

Long story short, the surgery eliminated the nerve tingling and weakness in my arms (yea!) but did nothing for my pain (boooo). I have a doctor here in New York City that has been treating my pain issues but I want to see someone else. I don't think she's listening to me and she's rude and forgetful. Last month she went on vacation and forgot to leave my prescription as she said she would and then laughed about it when she got back. I'm on 80MG of oxy a day for the past year, so most of you can probably understand how NOT funny that was.

Does anyone know of a good pain doctor in the NYC area who understands pain management? Someone not adverse to narcotic medication and also someone who can help me taper off with as little disruption as possible?

Thanks in advance,

Suki

kimber9807
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   Posted 4/20/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Try searching through the phone book or insurance comapny if you have one. I am betting you cant share pm's names on this website. Good Luck.
im dxed with  herniated discs,fibromylagia , scolosis,ddd,athritis, spinal stenosis ,gerd,gastric ulcer,gallbladder removal 3/23/10.
 
meds: lunesta, prilosec otc,lortab ,reglan,flonase. ibuprofren, zyrtec and benadryl.
 
Just added today: folic acid supplement  1 mg a day for the next year and also b12 injections increased to once a month. pernicous anemia and  Folic acid anemia.


skeye
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   Posted 4/20/2010 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Suki,

You might try the Hospital for Special Surgery. They are great there. I know they have a pain management program & I've heard good things. I haven't been involved in pain management at HSS myself, although I have had numerous surgeries there.

Skeye

sukismith
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   Posted 4/20/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Skeye! I will give them a call.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/20/2010 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Sukismith! Welcome to the Chronic Pain forum! I really cannot advise you here, but it looks like Skeye has a good suggestion for you. I wish you the best of luck in your search, and please do keep on checking your replies here often, as members check these at all hours of the day and night. We are open for business 24/7 here! :)
Are you on 80mg of Oxycontin or 80mg of Oxycodone?

One thing we ask all new members to do when they sign on here, is to check out the Chronic Pain 101 that is listed at the top of the forum. You will find some great information there, and may be helpful to you as well.
Also, please do take the time to read the forum rules, as it tends to keep our forum free from any problems.

I'm so glad you have found us here, and I'm sure you will love the members. They are the best in the world, and are really like family.

Hang in there, and enjoy your stay with us! :)

SE :)
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.


sukismith
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   Posted 4/20/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you SE! I read most of the 101 earlier today and will finish it up for sure. I'm so glad to have found this forum. It's so hard to live in a healthy world with chronic pain. Good to know there are people out there to talk to.

straydog
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   Posted 4/21/2010 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Suki,
 
I am a little late getting on, but I wanted I wanted to say hi and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I hope you find everything you need here at the forum. There are many of us here just like you living with CP every day and trying to cope. It is nice knowing that you are not alone dealing with this devil. It sure can make a person feel that way at times. Everyone here has a story to tell. It pretty much boils down to only someone else suffering with CP can appreciate your situation. 
 
Something I wanted to add in your search for a new PM dr is there are two different type of PM drs. One will only do injections and procedures. The other will do the same but will also rx medication to you too. So, when you find one to call be sure to ask if the dr rx's meds to the patient if he feels its necessary. By asking like that you will not look or sound like a drug seeker. Something else to consider too is if your private ins is online you can look to see what PM drs is available and always call to make sure they are still on your plan and accepting new patients. By doing some of this legwork it helps your drs office out and can speed up the process of getting you an appt. You will need for your PCP most likely make the referral as most PM drs want a referral from another physician.
 
Your current dr sounds like a real pain. I would have been livid having someone laugh because I ran out of meds and it was his/her fault. What a cad. Very good reason to be in search of a new one for sure. I often wonder how these people act outside of their practice, are they always so cocky and arrogant.
 
We have a "search" feature up at the top, if you need info on something specific, type in what you are looking for and most likely if it has anything to do with CP you will find all sorts of info. That will cut down on waiting on someone to respond to your questions and it elimates double posting. We like to do our part in keeping the costs down for the administrator in order to keep the forum free to the members.
 
Again welcome aboard.
 


 

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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

Post Edited (straydog) : 4/21/2010 12:05:06 PM (GMT-6)


sukismith
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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/21/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you so much for this valuable information! so helpful. i'll keep everyone posted on how my search goes.

suki

straydog
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   Posted 4/22/2010 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Suki and results yet on your search for a new PM dr? Saw this post and wanted to touch base with you. Let us know.
 

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 & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. 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 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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