ontario patient need help, DOCTOR RETIRED..

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ALL BROKE UP
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   Posted 6/5/2011 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I live in Ontario CANADA.

I am writing to you all today to make contact with you and look into solutions to an event that has changed my quality of life in a very negative way.

First I want to give you a brief background of my current situation. I am unfortunately a person that has suffered with pain condition for over 2 decades as the result of motor vehicle collisions many years ago . I have received surgery numerous times to correct problems but ultimately I am still left with a high level of consistent pain in my wrist, knee and shoulder. My left wrist has had 3 surgeries and frankly is extremely painful all the time due to the major joint damage which has left bone on bone contact. So it’s simple enough to say I deal with pain everyday all day...

Until recently I was controlling my pain with the help of a pain clinic which I have been under the care of for 12 years. The treatments I receiver are pain blocks injections and medication to cope with the pain. This has become a route in my life and I have become a functioning person once again because of the treatment. My medications and visits had not changed in 6 years, just stabilized and controlled to a level I could deal with. So although I had these various pain issues, I was able to counteract them with the help of the pain specialist.

Well all of this has come to a screeching halt as the pain specialist has closed with no notice. His office does not have anywhere to send the patients. I have tried hospitals, other pain specialist in a 100km radius and it’s a 2 year wait time to see them. I am in shock. I have no medication left, no doctor for pain block injections, I am literally pain level 9.9 and don’t know what to do. I am not the only one in this situation; in fact the whole client base is dealing with the same issues.


I have called health Canada ,Telehealth Ontario , College Of Physicians & Surgeons Of Ontario ,Ontario College of Pharmacists , Canadian Chronic Pain Coalition. I have spoke with many clinics and hospitals and it just seems like there is a massive problem with how pain patients are treated. I feel like I am a second class citizen and discriminated on the basis of my pain conditions and I would have never thought I would experience this in Canada.

I urge anyone to help me find pain treatment, I am so riddled with pain as well as the withdrawal from the medications, and I am finding it harder and harder each and every day.

Please consider my plea and if you have any ideas or direction I would GREATLY appreciate it.
I apologize if this post is breaking the rules, I was not clear on this subject.

Jim1969
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   Posted 6/5/2011 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have a primary care doctor? If you do have you spoken to him/her about what has happened?

Finding a primary care doctor if you do not have one or speaking to the one you have may be a vital step in restarting your pain management. While the PCP will likely be unable to provide you with any injection therapy s/he may be willing to continue your other medications until such a time as you can transfer that portion of your care to a pain specialist once again. Also your PCP may be able to cut through some of the red tape.

I am in the USA so I am not familiar with how things work in the Canadian health system, but down here having a primary care doctor is essential to getting into see most specialists. Down here most times if you call yourself, without a referral from a PCP, and try to get in you will either be told you need one or you will be told that you have to wait for a year or more before their next "open" appointment.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

NiNi53
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   Posted 6/5/2011 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I like Jim1969 and in the US, I am not sure how far away you may be from New York or even if you would receive treatment.
 
I totally agree with Jim, I hope you have a GP, again I am not sure how it works in Canada with referrals or anything else, I am going to suggest something at least temporarily, maybe you could go to a methadone clinic.  Again I dont know the process in Canada, but that would at least help until you find another PM doctor you can get an appointment with.  Its bad enough dealing with the constand pain, withdrawal from the medications makes the process so much worse.
 
Check the city where you live, most have treatment programs.  As I said I am sorry I cant be of more help, this is a large forum, hopefully someone will be able to help you.  In the US we have something called the AMA (American Medical Association), do you  have anything similar, the AMA is set up to address concerns of the Doctors and the people who count on them for help.
 
I am out of ideas, I hope you find help soon.  Good luck. Will be praying for you.
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

tmjpain
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   Posted 6/5/2011 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Where are you in Ontario? I am in Ottawa. It's very hard here as well to get into a pain

management dr. The waiting lists are long. Anyways let me know where you are.

Suzane

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   Posted 6/6/2011 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, this is Kathy again, I had a thought, when you go to a hospital or where ever you can, make sure you take the bottles with the lables on them of the medicines you have been taking all these years.  That way at least if you show the meds you have been prescribed, maybe that will help get you some temporary help.  Just a thought.
 
Again good luck to you, I feel so awful for you.  I keep on praying for you.
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

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 6/6/2011 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
 
        Hello Broke up!
 
             I just now saw your post here, and wanted to Welcome you to the CP forum!
 
       I'm here in the USA, and we have several members from the Canada area, that have problems with the health care system there. I feel badly for you and anyone else that has to deal with you're goverment health system in that country. It is a national problem for sure!
 
      The only advice I can offer you, is to go to the local ER there. Surley they will not let you suffer...and may help you out there?
 
           We all feel badly for you! I think NiNi53 had a good idea and try and treat yourself or go to a clinic that deals with withdrawals, and at least get that treated at this time.
 
     Please let us know what happens, and maybe someone else will benefit from this experience of yours, if you find a solution to it.
 
          Again, Welcome, and I truly feel sorry for you. shakehead
 
         Take care,
 
    SE
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tmjpain
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   Posted 6/7/2011 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All Broke UP, are you still here. Come back and post so we can try to help you. I would also

love to meet another fellow canadian.

Take care,
Suzane

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   Posted 6/7/2011 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to see the kind of situation your pain clinic has forced upon you and the other pain patients in the area.I live in B.C. and although I've been to pain clinics for evaluation, it's my primary care physician that prescribes my pain medications.Try to keep in touch with as many pain patients from your clinic as you can and find out if any have found any Dr.'s that are helping them.Taking your old pill bottles or drug receipts to a new Dr. can help establish your legitimate long time narcotic therapy and that you're not a thrill seeking pill popper.A appointment or letter to your M.L.A. or M.P. explaining the problems that the government needs to address so that pain patients aren't treated like second class citizens might not be a total waste of time either.Take care "broke up".I will pray for a successfull solution to your problem.May God Bless You...................Rod

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   Posted 6/10/2011 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
All Broke Up.........How about a little update if you can.I sure hope you've been able to find a Dr. to help you, even if it is until you can get into another pain facility.Your situation is one that every chronic pain sufferer dreads.Leaving patients to suffer is just plain BAD medical care and politians need to be reminded they are only one little fall or car accident away from being in our same boat.You're on my mind and I'm praying for you.Take care and keep fighting............Rod.
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