Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stood
As many others have said to you going to a Pain Management Dr. is pretty much like seeing any other Dr. I was referred to mine about 6 years ago by my PCP at the time....and I've been seeing them ever since. The only thing is the pain contract...most have one that you have to sign...it states that you have to abide by their rules, use one pharmacy only, agree to come in for pill counts when they call you, and take your meds exactly as prescribed.... It sounds easy, but sometimes it's not.... most of the time you see them once a month but if you have a vacation or any type of trip planned you have to make arrangements ahead of time....
Seeing my Dr. was the best thing I ever did....even though he's not technically a Pain Dr., he's a neurosurgeon specializing in pain, he has helped me so much.... I used to think I was a drug addict because of all of the pain pills I took daily....but after seeing him I realized that it's ok to "NEED" to take something......if you have to.
So, good luck and let us know what happens..
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 1700 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning and bedtime
Lantus 50 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Byetta 5 mcg. 2X daily
One more thing....Some pain meds aren't covered fully by insurance...even State run insurance like TennCare (what I have)....and sometimes you have to pay for some or most of the script....I get 150 30mg. Oxy IR's and my insurance will only cover 40 of them!!! Anyway, with the rising cost of meds I use an insurance card I got off the internet... It sounds crazy, but it covers about half of what my insurance won't pay...If you want a list of some of them you can email me directly....I don't want to advertise them here.
Good Luck....and I know that June 14th seems like a lifetime away when you're in pain, but you can get through it....we are all here for you.....'