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.
Moderator Chronic Pain
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.