Pain med's and the media, still haven't heard from my doctor either.

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southviewgirl
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   Posted 9/30/2010 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
This really chaps my hide. Another B list celebrity overdosed on prescription pain med's. And this just adds to the struggle for us that are in real chronic pain. And I'll bet it wasn't just pain medication that caused the OD, it was most likely a mixture of several, as it usually is.

I still haven't heard from my doctor. For those of you who read my post about going to the pain clinic. They said that I could have my primary doctor prescribe the pain med's so it would be easier to get the written scripts, as she's closer. I saw my primary doctor last Friday and she faxed the pain doctor so they could begin communication over my care. The pain doctor also left a message on my home phone saying he needed her number to reach her. I gave him the number on Monday and was waiting to hear from my primary doctor. I called her two days ago, and then again today. Nothing!! I don't know how long I should wait before I should just make an appointment to see her. It's much easier to talk with her during an appointment rather than calling and waiting for a response.

What should I do, make an appointment or just wait? I'm in so much pain, and need the extra bump from the ms contin.

Any thoughts on either topic??

straydog
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   Posted 9/30/2010 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Perhaps you need to make an appt, what you are having to do is not right. You would be much better off seeking a PM dr that you can go see that has time for you and let him rx your meds. This middle man thing never works out right and the patient is the one that pays the price. It may not be real convenient to go see a new PM dr but convenience over having your meds on time it is well worth the extra trouble. Just think what you will have to look forward to when you need a change in your meds or the dose changed. No thanks, I would not have any part of that game. But, only you can decide what is best for you.

Take care and I hope you get this mess straightened out.
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southviewgirl
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   Posted 9/30/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

AAAHHHHHHH, frustration!!!

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)


straydog
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   Posted 10/1/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Southview the plan you have going on right now obviously is not working. No one likes having to find new drs of any kind, but do you want to be left hung out to dry by these drs that you are seeing now. Your PCP is not doing her job, she could at least had a nurse call you back, this is just nuts but I bet this is how she operates on a daily basis. You may be low on cash and what not, but if you are going to get proper care you need to move on. There is no guarantee any new dr will take good care of us, its all trial & error. You talk about worrying if a new dr will give you the medications you need, well, your drs are not giving you the medications now. Only you know your situation, but there is no way I would let a dr handle my care this way. I am sorry that you are not being treated as you should be.
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