I have often wondered when reading different posts, if those of us in large cities have more options available to us than people living in rural areas.
I live in Maryland, just about 10-15 miles away from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Virginia. In all of those mentioned I have many large and wonderful hospitals in these surrounding areas.
When I first started my search for a pain management doctor, it was Dec. 2006. I then went on to have at the very least about 5-6 (not at the same time) different pain management doctors. Prior to that I had been treated by my gp. I loved him, he was the best doctor ever, and I had been seeing him since 1991 not just for pain management, but all other ailments I would have.
My gp left for greener pastures (he had two children to get through college) and I found myself in a nightmare of finding a pain management doctor. I was lucky enough that my doctor had left me with 2 months worth of written prescriptions, I thought to myself at the time, "it will be ok, I have time", I was in for a big shock.
The first doctor I went to, went into a tailspin about how much medicine I was taking, it was 10mg methadone 8xday. I of course did not start out taking that much, but over time with my pc doctor I had reached what turned out to be a large amount of narcotic medicine. So first visit with the new doctor I left with a prescription of 140 pills that were supposed to last me a month.
It was a nightmare that I didnt wake up from for a long time. I am not going to bore everyone with a story of each and every doctor I went through until I found the pm doctor I have now. But my question is I had a difficult time, and I live well as I said all around me are so many options.
Sometimes when I read posts about doctors who are not following thru with there treatment, or not having meds ready at the time they are supposed to be. If I went thru a nightmare of some of my so called "pain management" doctors, is it even more difficult for people who live in rural areas?
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson