One of the biggest reasons that I left my PM and went back to my PCP for pain management is that he had waaaaaay too many patients and waaaaay too little time. When he was doing procedures on me he was great! He was a really nice guy, and would take the time to explain and talk through everything. As soon as we ran out of procedures to do & non opioid medications to try, he became a completely different person. It was like he no longer cared at all. He would walk in about
two hours late, and then have his hand on the door knob the entire time. He didn't explain anything, he didn't let you ask any questions, or even give you adequate time to tell him what was going on! I remember 3 separate times I had brought my pain journal with me (this was when I first started it) and NEVER once did he see it, because before I could
open my mouth to tell him about
it or show him, he was gone! When he had me sign my opioid contract, he said he'd be back in 5 minutes to talk things over with me. An hour and a half later, I went and found a nurse, because I thought he had forgotten. Supposedly he was off doing procedures on people. It was like, as soon as I stopped paying him the big bucks, he didn't want anything to do with me; I just became a burden. I have heard very similar stories from his former patients and other doctors alike.
I am now blessed with my PCP and he is just fabulous! I hadn't been with him for long before my injury, and had seen him maybe once or twice before I started having all these problems, but he offered his help from the get-go. I denied it for a year or two, but then finally came around when I was not happy with my PM & he once again offered to take charge of my case. He has a lot of experience with pain management and so he he knows what he is doing & is not afraid to take risks and is truly concerned about
his patients. He feels that it is his duty to find me the relief that I need & will not rest until he has exhausted every possible option. What's even better is that he takes all the time in the world with you. He is so easy to talk to & never makes you feel rushed, even though he is very busy. Last week, I had something of a breakdown during my appointment and we talked for well over a hour, all the while he was being paged to take phone calls and other patients were waiting. He was, and is, very concerned about
me & agreed to find time to make himself available to me if I ever need to talk. I wish that everyone could have such a caring, wonderful doctor as he is! They aren't easy to find, but they sure are out there!
Post Edited (skeye) : 5/3/2009 11:05:48 PM (GMT-6)