That was like a page turning novel and I thought it was going to have a bad ending! LOL...
So, I'm very happy that she is helping you out right now...I guess you will see if she continues this, or it changes after you meet with a PM in Sept. Not sure how long you have been seeing her...but maybe she just had to get to know you better and feels comfortable trusting you..
I just wanted to say that my PM has said that non PM Dr.s are now under great pressure when/if they prescribe any narcotics. And by next year..(can't remember the exact dates) the DEA is requiring all non PM Dr.s to take certain courses and pass certain regulations if they want to be able to prescribe narcotics. Even PM Dr.s are having to tighten up their own prescribing and state by state are passing new laws in regards to contracts including urine tests, pill counts, etc. As well as having the State Monitoring system for medications...focused on controlled substances. So a Dr. or Pharmacist can track any place that one gets their prescript
ion to prevent Dr. shopping.
So, I'm not trying to necessarily 'defend' your Dr. per say...I'm just saying that GP's, PCP's, or Internists, Surgeons, etc...all non PM's, are not all trying to be cruel, mean, or pass the buck...but they are going to have to make decisions on whether to pass more regulations to prescribe opiates or not...They have their licenses on the line...just like PM's, when prescribing narcotics so that is why they are so careful and need to monitor the why and how much for each patient and that the patient is actively seeking care for their PM and not just opiates.
PM's are usually Anesthesiologists, and spend their entire schooling, residency, and board certifications studying pain medicine. That is their speciality...As well as using all other modalities to help people manage pain...
Again...not trying to defend...but explain to everyone what I have learned from my PM and what is coming down the road..
I wish people could live near me and see my PM:)...He was just voted one of the top 70 PM's in the US!! Proud of him:)
Jim...I am so glad that you are going to get some better pain control!! That is wonderful news...especially with the holiday weekend coming up:)
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006