I have experienced a situation when my PM specialist was suddenly unavailable and I was forced to seek treatment from someone else in less than 8 days. It was very unsettling to say the least. Historically, I made an appointment or consultation each month about 10 days before my oral pain medications need to be renewed. Depending on the month and my condition, either we pick up the Rx or it was mailed to my home. I learned the hard way that not every PM specialist is willing to prescribe continue another PM specialists treatment plan. It is also very hard to get last minute appointments.
I would suggest that patients on narcotics that require monthly renewals ask their PM specialist who they should contact in the event of an emergency and they were not available. If they have a partner who has access to your chart – great. If not, find out who you should contact. I would ask for a copy of PM doctor’s notes highlighting your current treatment plan. I found it is very difficult to get copies of your chart on a last minute notice. Not all Internists can or will temporarily patch you over.
Please, I am not trying to scare anyone. I just think that we need to be prepared in the event a wrinkle occurs in our normal pain treatment. Knowing what to do, who to contact, and having the proper documentation could prevent a last minute panic.
Just food for thought.
Rare neurodegenerative disease called “Multiple System Atrophy”. Wheelchair, O2, & Bipap, intrathecal pump, Neurostimulator, dystonia, neuropathic pain and spasticity.