There are some good Docs out there, the problem is finding them! My Pain Doc alway dictates his notes in front of me and often in the middle of it he will stop and ask me if it is right so far, and if he needs to add or change any thing! He has sent me to numerous different doctors, and some of them has been real duds, and incompetent and he gets really upset when I come back and tell about it, he often will then send me to some body else. He has done that with the surgeon on my neck and also the surgeon for my hip. He is the type of Doctor that treats the whole patient! ( a rare find now days especially in spinal pain doctors!) But it really does get frustrating when you are sent to see some of these clowns that claim to be Doctors, when you know that there are real Doctors out there that care! Yes it is a shame that these doctors seem to be the exception rather than the rule! You know what you said about ("Oh and get this. He is the first doctor I have ever spoken to who actually said that the risk of addiction is very low in people who actually need them. He also talked about how there is a big difference between dependence and addiction.") I was taught that in nursing school back in the early ninties! Even then it was said that allot of Doctors and Nurses had misconceptions and the wrong ideas about the proper use of pain meds, but attitudes were changing about it! Working in Oncology we had to administer allot of pain meds, and we were very familiar with the dangers and all the hazzards of these medications. It is amazing to me that allot of these fears and misconceptions about the administering and taking of these pain meds still exist! Even with all the current knowledge about pain, it is unfortunate that the changing of Doctors attitudes about treating pain is not changing very fast!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!