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mtgman
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   Posted 7/7/2011 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
just had my appt to refill my meds- i love my pain docs- very supportive and never any issues...but that place kind of cracks me up- not that people in pain are remotely funny but i have never seen a busier waiting room- it's like a walmart...and i think its the biggest pain practice in AZ...so busy...pain is a great business...

Chutz
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   Posted 7/8/2011 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I do love your sense of humor, mtgman!...lol Maybe it's the heat that does it to you. My hubby spent most of his formative years in Tuscon and his sense of humor is similar to yours. tongue One of the reasons I love him.

Thanks for the smile cause it's been a rough day!
Chutz smilewinkgrin
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Jim1969
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   Posted 7/8/2011 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Just hope you didn't hear anyone call for cleanup on aisle 5. ****
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

tmjpain
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   Posted 7/8/2011 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you had a rough day Chutz. Hope Friday is better for you.

Packed waiting rooms are no fun eh.

Suzane

NiNi53
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   Posted 7/8/2011 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Before I found the pm doc I have now, I went through some real crazies.  The one doctor I remember the most also had a waiting room always packed, 25-30 people, heres the thing, none of us in that waiting room waited over 5 min before seeing the "doctor".
 
This man was a retire neurosurgeon, the business of pm was taking off.  He was nothing more than a cash cow.  I had no problem with that until I injured myself in a fall.  He did business like this, when you walked into his office, he already had your prescriptions ready, asked how you were, and out the door.  I am so serious 5 min, tops.
 
When I had a new injury, then it became a big problem, he did not really want to do anything more than what he was doing.  He increase my meds, but it didnt stop the pain, as it turned out I had neuropathy, which was making my right leg feel as if it were on fire, and my right foot numb.  Finally I ended up in the er having overdosed on my meds, trying to get rid of the pain.  I got rid of the doctor.  Found another pm doctor who after a series of 3 shots, my leg no longer burned, my foot is still numb and always will be, that I can live with.
 
Take care, hope all are doing well.
 
 
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

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 7/8/2011 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
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
 
 

kittycreation
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   Posted 7/8/2011 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting...I live in Nova Scotia and you have to go throught the hospital where we do have a pain clinic (I think there is only one for the province). The wait time got so long (2+ years) that they stopped seeing new people for a while. I do love that I have health care funded but the wait times can be really tough...
I pray and wait for God to do His thing in His time...til then I am waiting with chronic pain...

mtgman
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   Posted 7/9/2011 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
must be the heat! haha
this place is legit- just really busy...never rush me out the door etc. and i've talked with them at length about my concerns etc and they are always interested, attentive etc. they are not scared to kick people out of the practice either...one of the docs who i have become sort of friendly has told me some stories about people abusing pain meds, faking conditions to get pills to sell etc...i knew they had to play cop but holy moly some of this stuff is crazy.
we've tried other therapies with the meds- i had 2 celiac plexus blocks done there- ouch!!!! my stupid insurance will not cover those with sedation...so i did them both on xanax and my normal percocet...never again! they didn't work anyway...
they told me about a pain doc around the corner from them who closed shop and ran away to Greece- he had people waiting in his office for FIVE HOURS bc he wrote scripts for anything and when people complained he would say "where else you gonna go..."
37 year old male living in AZ. Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 20 mg prednisone. still taking Asacol. Done with Remicade- antibody level was over 8! Waiting for scope results to see about Humira or Cimzia.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 2 years...it's been one heck of a ride!
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