Longtime lurker. I can see this is a nice group of helpful people. I will offer advice to others, and my apologies that my first thread is a plea for advice. I am 50 years old, and I've had the same PCP for 13 years. I had to change health insurance, and I found out today that my PCP is not available under my new plan. There's no way around this. I've tried. There's no getting around it.
I'm meeting my new PCP next week. I took the first available appointment I could get. I have been on a pain management regime through my PCP since January of last year. Prior to that, I had never taken a narcotic in my life. I have fibro and osteoarthritis. I'm taking Lyrica for the fibro with decent results. My big problem is DDD in my neck. I've had it for 10 years, but got a flareup in the fall of '06, and it's just gotten worse. The pain goes into my upper back, arms, even my ribcage, on both sides. If I don't take my pain meds, I would be screaming in the ER. Honestly, I can't even imagine what would happen without the meds. I've had five MRIs (3 cervical, upper and lumbar). I'm not a candidate for surgery. That surprised me, but the NS said it would only create more problems. I don't get that, but I know the pain is terrible, and it NEVER takes a day off.
I'm talking tomorrow with my, now former PCP. She told me before that she would write a letter or speak to my new doctor on my behalf, if it ever came to it. Beyond that, I don't know what to expect with this new doctor. I worry that she'll be one of those types with a hangup about narcotics. What happens then? If I sudddenly stop, I'd probably have a seizure or what happens during withdrawal. The pain would probably kill me.
ANY advice would be greatly appreciated.