New to forum, looking for referal in Pittsburgh Pa Area

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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to  all! smilewinkgrin
I am new to this forum.I am hoping to get info on a doctor to see in Pittsburgh Pa area for my chronic leg pain. I had a epidural injection l5/s1 for a herniated disc, my pcp refered me to a back specialist and he sent me to a pain clinic to get the injection.
I am in pain every day and no one will prescribe me anything for it anymore.
I took darvocet for years from my pcp and it kept me goin(not much relief) He had me take lortab a few  months back when things got worse.I was pain free!! turn and finally getting my life back in order, and getting things done around the house and with my car collection.I was taking lortab 10/500 i believe, twice a day.
All three doctors I have seen are now telling me I cannot take these medication(opiods) because they are addictive.I understand the risk.
I am looking for a dr to manage my chronic pain,in the Pittsburgh PA area, with an opiod pain medication because it works for me,and all the other stuff I have taken has not,
Are most Dr's this agianst opiate medications? Or have I found a minority group, painfully unlucky for me?
Thanks for your help and concern,

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   Posted 7/22/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Johnluc, there are so many different appproaches from doctors. Some are very conservative on the use of opiad while others still seem to prescribe as they feel necessary for the patient. There have been many posts on the forum about the use, shortage as well as possible new regulations. I am on the West Coast and have no idea of Drs in the Pitt area. I would suggest that you find a good Pain Management Specialist. Make sure you have a written history of doctors that you have seen, what meds they prescribed and how effective they were. The more detail the better. This allows them to get a better picture of what has helped and what has not. Have you had any recent tests such as MRIs. If so make sure they are available to the new Dr. If they have not been done recently, that would be a good place for a new Dr. to start. I know this does not sound like much but a good specialist will be better at addressing the issue.
I want to welcome you to this forum. You will find many wonderful people here that will have great advise as well as support and compassion. We are like a family and are always open to someone new, even though we wish there was no need for a forum such as this. We all know the destructiveness of the pain that we are forced to live with. More people will be stopping by and maybe someone will have a connection to your area.

Post Edited (fatherjohn) : 7/22/2009 10:02:19 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/22/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi John,

Welcome to Healing Well and I am so glad you have found us. I saw on another post one of the members says WebMd I believe has a list of pain mgt drs by the toen & state. You could go there and see what pain mgt drs are in your area or close. If I have the website incorrect-look at the new member Mia's post, its listed there.

Yes, its hard to get a PCP or even a specialist to rx pain meds for any length of time. Sad but true there is so much stigma attached to the words "chronic pain" by many. Many times we are viewed as drug seekers or malingering by the medical profession. It sounds like you are fairly new to this world and it can get ugly at times. When I say new I am meaning needing more than a tylenol for pain. Most pain mgt drs need a referral from another dr. If you cannot find one on the website I spoke of, then look in the phone book and get names and have your dr ref you to one that accepts your insurance. Your very own drs may know of some pain mgt drs so hat is another avenue to check out.

Keep in mind there are two types of pain drs. One that does injections and procedures and will not rx medication. The other of course will do the same but does rx medication. Make sure who ever you get ref to does Rx meds. You can ask by simply calling the drs office and explain you do take pain medication and you want to make sure this dr does rx meds if he feels they are necessary.

I hope I have helped you a little. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.

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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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   Posted 7/22/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, John,
I also want to welcome you to the chronic pain forum. It's storming here so I may cut this a bit short. I'm in western PA although not Pittsburgh, but did have my back surgery at UPMC. However, seeing a neurosurgeon and a pain management doctor are two different things. You mentioned pain clinic - where did you go? To UPMC, one of the West Penn hospitals, or to a stand alone clinic?

To be honest, I've heard people in Pittsburgh have as much trouble finding good pain management despite all the numerous medical facilities there as anyone anywhere does. You have had some injections; do you have a diagnosis? It's possible your doctors may want to make sure everything else has been tried - like physical therapy, various types of injections (there are a lot of them) and maybe even surgery. My back surgery failed, however, so I am on long term pain meds and will soon be looking for a good pain manage,ment doc myself.

I have heard Allegheny General is sometimes is better with their overall attitude toward helping patients. Let me know where you've tried. I may not be able to help much, but maybe all of us can help you sort out the possible directions to head.

Again, welcome!

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