Looking for a new PM doc

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   Posted 7/27/2008 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.  Its been a while since I posted so I hope all of you are OK and living as well as can be expected.  I have a question for you all.  I have been in pain management now for about 3 years.  I have low back pain.  I lived in Georgia last year and first begun pain management there.  The doctor I had was amazing.  He did procedures and prescribed my meds.  He also listened to me and was all around a great doctor.  I had to move with my job to Florida (Orlando).  After alot of research online I found a PM doctor to go to.  I have been seeing this new doctor for about 7 months now.  I am not happy with him.  First of all I never see him.  I always see the PA.  I had an epidural a few weeks back where I saw him.  He kept me on the same meds but decreased the short acting ones.  I am on oxycontin 40 mgs 3x day with oxcodone 15mg with a max of 2 per day.  I tell him that the I am needing to take the short acting ones more.  I am not craving them I just have noticed that my body requires more.  He says avoids the conversation and gives me an excuse and leaves.  I have always been a good patient.  I have never run out of meds, never call for refills and always follow the prescription instructions.  I am just a bit mad because he will not listen to me.  Also the procedure I had done was pretty painful, almost like he did not know what he was doing.  The nurses in the office are not very bright either.  The doctor and his staff in Georgia were very knowledgeable and listened to me.  Also my PM doc in Georgia listened to me about my meds and altered the dosage as needed.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this?  What should I do?  If I do look for another PM doc how do I go about it?  Also , does anyone know of a good PM doc in the Orlando area? I would appreciate any feedback.  I am not looking for a doc to just give me drugs......  I want one that will not be afraid to discuss my treatment plan with me and if that means talking about what is and is not working for me when it comes to my meds then so be it.  This doc just seems scared to really talk to me about me.  The PM doc in FL and his staff are nice they just dont seem to get it.  What should I do????????

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   Posted 7/28/2008 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shaw, you are right, its been awhile since we have seen you. Glad to see you back, but really hate to hear whats going with you and the pain dr. Did he give an explanantion as to why he was reducing the medication?
When a dr does not want to communicate with me, I replace him. His time is no more valuable than yours. I am very much a one hitter only when it comes to a dr, I have no patience for them when behaving like that. My old saying is "I was looking for a dr when I found him/her and I can look again". Granted its hard to find a good dr, but you can find one, just takes alot of work and patience.
When it comes to discussing medication, I want the drs full attention so I can make sure we are both on the same page. Do you have another followup any time soon?
I know I have not been of much help, but I wanted to pop in and and say hi.  Susie

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