Moving to Orlando and Need to transfer PM doc

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shaw31
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 11/5/2007 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
This is the second time I am writing because I did not recieve a great response.  Perhaps I will this time.  Mellisa did respond and I can tell you mellisa that I am moving to Orlando.  I hope that helps.  Anyway folks like I said before I am moving to a different state (FL, Orlando)  and am really unsure how to go about obtaining a PM doc there.  I have had one where I currently am for over a year now and have gone through PT, steroid injections and Radial frequency lesioning.  I am also on oxycontin and Percocet for breakthrough.  I have been a great patient (I think).  I have been on time for all appts, I have always been honest with the doc, never asked for early refills.  To put it short I have been honest and using my meds for what they are supposed to be used for , my pain.  I am however  bit scared of moving not knowing if I will find another PM doc in a new state who will pick up my treatment where my other PM dock left of.  Will the new PM doc stop my meds completley?  Will I have enough to last me If I cant get an appointment in the new state 30 days from my last appt at my old place.  I dont want to feel bad because I have no one to precribe my medicine or because my appointment at the new guy (if I find one) is to far apart my old PM doc.  I know some of you are in PM and I know some of you have had to move.  How did you do it?  How did you find another PM doc?  Did he continue the treatment that your old PM doc had for you?  I know I sound freaked out but I just dont want to get to this new place a find out all of a sudden that my new PM doc will not continue my current track.  Please someone give me some adive on how to find a new good PM doc in a different state.  Should I tell my doc I am moving and maybe he can make some calls to FL to get me into a new PM doc?  Should I call PM docs in FL and ask what there policy is on transfers?  What should I do?  I am in constant pain and my meds along with light excercise are the only things that give me some quality of life.  I dont want to lose that.  All input would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much.

Boxerlover
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   Posted 11/5/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Shaw, hey I looked to see if your email was on and it wasn't so email me and I will send you the name and website of the doc I saw in Tampa.  It will take you approximately 2 hours to get there depending on where in Orlando you are going to be. Plus I will give you the name of a website where you put in the city and state where you live and it will give you a list of accredited pain docs.  This is how I found mine.

It wouldn't hurt for you to ask your doc for a referral in case he knows of one.  Then once you do get some names, I would call to see if they are taking new patients, to see if they need a referral (my first pain doc needed a referral from another doctor), and to find out what they will need i.e. records.

Before I moved, I made my appointment with the new doc ahead of time so I could let my current pain doc know how long I would need him to cover my meds.  My current place faxed my new doc the records and when I went to the new appointment I filled out their paperwork and was good to go.  I would think most of the docs will take into consideration what you have been on when making their decisions.  My new doc kept me on the same meds.

I know it's scary and if you can get it all in place before you move, you'll feel much better.  Email me and I'll get you those names.

Melissa


shortcake_727
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   Posted 11/6/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shaw!

I live in Central Florida, just outside Orlando. Feel free to PM me and I will give you a couple of doctors that are REALLY good. One I saw for 8 years, until I moved. He is in downtown Orlando.

Take care,
Shortcake
 


straydog
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   Posted 11/6/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I would definetly let my current PM dr make a referral if at all possible. He can assure the new place that you a very compliant patient, the the whole bit. You do need to have an appt lined up before you get there though, so your current dr can give you enough meds to make it thru. Were you not wanting your current PM dr to know you were moving. Just about any place other than a PCP all wants a referral so, if possible let your dr make the referral. Susie


shaw31
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your comments they have helped alot. I have first checked my insurance to see who I can actually see under my plan. I just dont want to see a quack if you know what I mean. I do alot of research for my doctors and I make sure they are board certified. It just sucks that I have such a great PM doc here and I have to leave him but I have no choice. And straydog to answer your question , yes I am going to let my PM doc know I am moving. I just want to get as much info as possible to take to him before I tell him I am moving. For example if he does not know anyone in Orlando to refer me to then I can bring him a list of possible PM docs that he can refer me to in advance so he does not have to really do the work. And like I said I want to find someone who is Board Certified in Pain Management. I have found a few but I dont know how they are. I dont want to go to a new PM doc and find out he/she has no bed side manner. I want to find one who is caring, understanding and a down right good doctor like I have now. Thanks yall
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