Yikes.Nini.I've never been to those type of PM clinics...it does sound like it's all about
the money as they don't spend more than 5 minutes with their 'patient'...
Mtgmn....I would be cautious about
seeing this particular Dr. long term as the DEA is going to be really scrutinizing these type of places to crack down on the illegal one's (not saying yours is)...but the one's where they really aren't treating a patient with Pain Management...which is not just about
the opiates...I think Snobrdgrl has a thread right now as well with this type of place that is in/out without really helping someone...
I feel so blessed that my PM spends 20 min to 45 minutes with every single patient like me that have been going there for years...an hour or more for first timers....He always does an exam each time to test reflexes and muscle tone and spends time asking about
your life and how you are managing the pain...Or if there is anything that needs tweaking over the months and adding/subtracting a modality...He also cares about
how CP effects his patients emotions and personal life with work, family and friends...He's always said he would take having less patients each day whom he can really help than earning more money with triple booking...Thankfully all the Dr.s at the Spine Institute feel this way. (Neurosurgeons, Orthopedic surgeons and PT's)
I'm glad you were able to get your refills and have a low pain weekend:)
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