Dilane - I have to say that there is a possibility that this doctor will decide not to give you the medication. You may consider asking your old doctor if he is willing to write you the script
s until you can get into either a new doctor or a pain doctor.
If your new doctor is willing - I would call BEFORE your appointment ask to speak with your new doctors nurse. Explain to the nurse that you would like your new doctor to be informed about
what your old doctor had found as a good way to manage your conditions. Let the nurse know that your old doctor is willing to write up a letter, or discuss over the phone his treatment plan as it stood last time he saw you.
Also - make sure to get a copy of your records, as well as ask your old doctor to fax or mail a copy to the new doc. Have on hand any previous testing, everything from blood testing to MRI's. That way, you can show the doctor what you've already done - and not have to do it all over again. Be prepared for your new doc to want blood tests of various things, as well as a new MRI done to show how the condition stands now.
Please remember that some offices have rules about
prescribing narcotics to new patients. It sucks, yes, but is a rule that exists in some practices. This is why having a letter from your old physician, as well as a number for the new doc to contact him is going to be so important. Even with a discussion with your old doc, the new one might still refuse. This rule sucks for us chronic pain patients, but is there because there are people that have tried to abuse doctors this way.
My advice is to be honest with the new doctor. Explain to him the only reason you are switching doctors is because of the insurance, and let him know you are interested in his opinion as to other ways to help you, BUT that the previous pain management plan was working well for you.
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