My Doctors Office... What do you think?

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   Posted 2/5/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Some of you here know my situation in my past posts. This is what i have to put up with every month!

# 1 The 2 years I have been going here I started out seeing my regualr doctor every time. He lost his license and Now I have seen 6 different doctors.
- Why should I have to see a different doctor everytime I go to the doctors office? I have to re-tell my whole story everytime and re-do a phsyscial for each one which is very painful for me

# 2 This clinc has 4 doctors working there that can-not right out narcotic medication. Yet there pain doctors? Theres only 2 doctors that can write out the scripts.
- This is the pain cause sometimes they make us wait 6 hours till the doctor that can write the script to come in or tell us to come back the next day to pic up are perscription

# 3 Ill make my appointment at 10am in the morning, I wont finally leave that office untill 3pm. I usuallly have to spend on average between 3-6 hours waiting at that office.

# 4 I remember one time loud and clear when my real doctor dr. WWWWW lost his license and I had my appointment on saturaday at 11am. This office called me at 10am and told me that I could no longer go to this clinic and there shutting down. No patients scheduled that day or the rest of the month could see a doctor.
- I was given a 1 hour notice to find a new doctor and was completly out of meds because I go to the doc every 30 days on the dot! Boy did I panic here and called every doctor in the phone book. BAD BAD BAD! After I finally found a new doctor to take me in 3 days I got a call back from my original clinc saying OH you can come in now we got lucky and found a doctor to cover us. So obviously this clinic does not have a backup doctor/plan just incase something happens

# 5 I see patients at this clinic complaining about how messed up there back is and there sitting in a chair waiting with there legs crossed and twisting ans turnign every which way. There name gets called and they fly/jump right out of there seat as if there 3 years old. ????? Um your back is messed up?????

# 6 Since they reduced everyone in the clinics who was on methadone down to 60mgs a day they put a sign up saying that if your medication isnt working and you need to see a doctor again you will have to pay the full fee to see the doctor no matter how many times you have to see the doctor this month. ***BRAND NEW SIGN**** since they been dropping everyone meds

# 7 Since they been dropping everyones meds and been having patients flipping out and having to come in twice or three times amonth because of these drastic drops in meds they also raised the price to $150. When I first went to this doctor I was paying $75. Then it went too $100, and then $125 and now $150!

# 8 They only accept cash and wont accept ANY kind of insurance

These are all the things I can think of at the moment and there are problly more. I WOULD LOVE TO HERE WHAT OTHERS THINK about THIS CLINIC.

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   Posted 2/5/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
 I would be looking for a new pain management clinic in a heartbeat. No insurance? Raising rates? Only two doctors can write prescriptions? Having to wait upwards of 4-6 hours or having to come back? Something is really hinky there, and I would not want to be a part of it......
Best of luck to you in finding a new doctor and fast.
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   Posted 2/5/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
If I were a narcotics officer I would lurk in the back alley waiting to arrest the patients of that clinic selling their drugs. On second thought maybe its the doctor who lost his liscence that was selling dope on the street corner. (and no l don't think that way of most pain management clinics)

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   Posted 2/5/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds hoaky all the way around...what doctor wouldn't accept insurance. Have you checked the Better Business Bureau for the name of this clinic, and the American Medical Association for the individual doctors, to see what kind of complaints there are. Sounds to me like his supplier of methadone cut his quantity down so he is cutting down the dosage of all his patients so he can collect $150 from more people. It just sounds like a medical version of a chop-shop.

A few months back a sheriff was busted here along with a pharmacy, apparently people (including the sheriff) could take in their empty narcotic pill bottles and have them refilled by just what was written on the bottle, no matter what pharmacy they came from, the more cash you had, the more times you could go back to fill 'er up no restrictions on how many times for the same bottle.

Other pain doctors in your area have had to have new patients coming to them with the same story as you have told, I'd be finding a new doctor or clinic ASAP because it sounds like this one is not on the up and up.
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   Posted 2/5/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
***??? This is the most ridiculous thing I've read! It sounds like Dr. Nick on the Simpsons or something!! Do they offer "special massages" and have hot girls and guys available for "dates"? I'd be on the hunt for a new PM clinic for sure! It really must suck for you! Sorry to hear this sort of crap is happening to you!

I often wonder if people get p'd off when they see me at the doctors office. I'm one of the patients that twists and turns (just not to the right or very far), and gets up quickly (I wouldn't say jump). i've learned what movement I can and cannot tolerate, I really ike to blend in and not let people know I'm in chronic pain.

I wish you the best of luck!!!

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   Posted 2/5/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I would run just as fast as I could from that place. It sounds like its being investigated is my thinking with drs coming & going and only 2 handing out scripts. Get the phone book out and call a real pain mgt drs office and get seen. Usually the cash only places are bad news. Get out now. When asked why you want to change drs tell them. Good luck. Susie

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   Posted 2/6/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
You all been of great help! I am going to a new doctor on Friday that I have heard good things about. My question though is what should I tell this new doctor of the reason why im looking for a new doctor. Someone on another forum said to be careful on what I tell another doctor about another doctor. I know they stick up for each other but seriously if this new doctor is at all any good she would see this clinic is a mess.... RIGHT?

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   Posted 2/6/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
First I wanted to say I totally agree - find a new doctor, and pain management clinic. A doctor doesn't lose his license overnight. I takes several hearings and such. (I know this because a doctor I was seeing was fighting to keep his). As far as lowing your pain meds and then charing you more for visits, to me thats just stupid. I know I went to a pain clinic once that even with my insurance was about 200 dollars for my initial exam.

I did want to add one thing to the comment about the people in the office twisting and turning and crossing their legs .... I'm not sure how you meant that... but I admit readily that I do bend and reseat myself all the time at the doctors office. I've also found that if I can turn a certain way and cross my legs I might lose feeling in my leg, but it lessens the back pain. I by no means "jump out of my seat" half the time it's painful just to peel myself out of it a little bit... just don't hold twisting and moving against people... I can't sit in the same spot or way for very long without my back getting more agitated. (Heck I can't sit still for a few minutes without pain).

Back to the topic - find a new doctor. If you still have a primary care doctor I would call their office, and ask if they can refer you to a new pain doctor. They may call and ask why, and just explain things to them.

My other comment was if you are on methadone - that could be the reason only two doctors can write the script. I think suboxone can only be rx'd by doctors trained and specifically licensed to write the script. Methadone might be the same way. If so, when your calling around for a new doc - you should probably ask for one who can prescribe methadone.

With whatever you decide good luck!
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   Posted 2/6/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I would just tell the new doctor that the old doctor lost his liscence and you wanted to switch practices because of that.

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   Posted 2/8/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Well everyone good news. I went and saw a new doctor today and she totally agreed with me and the pain clinic I was going to. I was put back on my regular dose and things are starting to look up again. Thanx again for all the support and advice!

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   Posted 2/8/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that looking for a new doctor and then going to that first appointment can be really anxiety producing. So, I'm really happy for you that things went so well and it looks like you have found a new doctor that you can establish a good relationship with.
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