The problem with finding a new pain doctor is we don't have a lot of money right now, and we really can't afford to drive extra distances to the University of MN, which is where my primary doctor sends her patients. If I absolutely had to, I could get my sister to drive me, but it worries me switching to another place in hopes that they can and will provide the proper care along with medication that is needed. I get very worried during these times of switching doctors, not having a plan of action for pain management, etc...
In all reality I know I should just go to the U. There are a ton of pain clinics in the Twin Cities, but the U is where they prescribe medications when needed. I don't want to mess around with the trial and error. I feel bad saying I need to find a clinic that prescribes med's. I have been made to feel ashamed of it, by ER doctors and my sister.
A big concern is with this whole cracking down on pain clinics and pain med distribution, I worry that I will be seen as a "seeker". I know I'm not, but I get concerned. I've been to a clinic where they said, "we don't believe in narcotics for the non-cancer patient". And I don't have to explain to all of you that our pain is VERY REAL. Just because I don't have cancer doesn't mean I'm not in debilitating pain. I hate being made to feel like an addict. ER's are notorious for making Cper's feel that way.
I guess maybe I need some advice on how to talk to these pain doctors, because I tend to not speak up as much with new doctors, as much as I should.
Thanks for the advice Straydog
Post Edited (southviewgirl) : 9/30/2010 5:33:56 PM (GMT-6)