help with finding PMS in Illinois

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greatgrandmatoo
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   Posted 11/30/2011 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I lost my previous post so I will try again.  I am only four days in Illinois and I am getting blowed off by all my calls for help with a pain management specialist, primary care and arthritis doctors let alone the rest of them that i need to call.  I was lied to by one Dr. who is a phisiatrist and orthopedic specialist.  I guess he just didn't want to take me. I had no idea that it was this rough to replace doctors you really need and it makes you cry, and just want to give up. My former Pain Management Specialist (PMS) was the best doctor who worked closely with my other doctors and I now do not have anyone.  I had to move back to Illinois because of reasons out of my control.  I can't even begin to tell you the stress and physical pain I am in. 
 
does anyone out there have any knowledge of a good PMS here in Illinois.  I will drive if need be.  i have to find other doctors as well.  This is horrible and I am frightened to death at not knowing if I am going to be taken care of. Isn't a Phisiatrist a pain specialist that deals with pain only and is educated as such? I take oxy and it's only 5mg.  I like being monitored and taken good care of by the PMS so the arthritis doctors can focus on my diseases.  Can anybody give me advice and let me know what I can do.  please.  I am bside myself.  grannytoo 

White Beard
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   Posted 11/30/2011 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
greatgrandmatoo
 
Welcome to our Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum, You know Illinois is a pretty big state, so we need a bit more information as to the area you are needing the doctor from. I am in east central Illinois and they have some very good pain management doctors here. It would also help you if your previous pain management doctor would recommend someone in your area, that your now in and make sure he transfers all your records. It would also be of help if your old PM doctor would contact your new doctor and explain your situation and what treatment you have had and what you will continuely need to have done!
 
Anyway there are allot of good people here on this forum and I am sure if you give us the area, that you need the pm doctor, that somebody is bound to come along and be able to help you. I wish you well and hope that your stay in Illinois will be a pleasant one.
 
Good Luck to you.....White Beard
 
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greatgrandmatoo
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   Posted 12/1/2011 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you white beard.  Your information gave me hope and calmed me down.  I am from central Illinois, too.  Around the Springfield, IL area.  although I don't mind traveling to get to a PMS since I was only seeing one about every two to three months.  I am so relieved to see this response this morning.   
 
I am going to do as you recommended and get ahold of my former docs.  I had eight specialists back in Virginia.  I am going to start with my primary care, Arthritis spec., and pain management specialist. When one mentions OXY, then heads turn.  But, if I didn't have it, I would be afixed to my bed and/or in a wheelchair.  
 
Have you ever been through this where you had to start fresh.  I had a great medical team back there in VA, but I love my home state and all my family is here. I have some serious bone disease and will be needing surgery soon.  I want my family with me.  I am so grateful for your response as I was very stressed over all the phone calls and bad responses.  So i will do it the right way and get ahold of doctor's in VA.  I will stay in touch with what I do, and probably ask more questions. 
thank you so much. Thanks to this forum as well.  Even though I don't get on all of the time to post, it has helped me for years now. 
 
 

Jim1969
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   Posted 12/1/2011 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
The first thing you need to do is find a primary care physician. Once you have a PCP that doctor can help put you in touch with the specialists you need. Most of the specialists I know of require referrals.

In the meantime I suggest contacting your doctors back in Virginia and ask them to put together a summary of your current diagnoses and treatments and send it to you so you can have something to take with you into your appointments while you are working on getting your records transferred.

Odds are pretty good though that you will be starting over on most of your care, especially anything involving pain management.

It may take a little time but you should be able to build a good team in the Springfield area. There are a lot of good doctors over there, considering it is the state capital and also because of SIU Medical School.
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greatgrandmatoo
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   Posted 12/1/2011 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks.  I am going to bother you with one more question, if I may.  When you say start over, does that mean on my meds, tests and diagnosis, or just my diagnosis. I know I will have to be considered a new patient.  I anticipated that.  What if I run out of any of my meds before i see a new doctor? I do have my MRIs, CTs, and Xrays.  also have the notes with details of the scans. 
 
Like I said I appreciate your help.   

_Christina
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   Posted 12/1/2011 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I also live in central IL. In Bloomigton/Normal. I go to Guardian Headache and Pain Management clinic in Bloomington. I think it is a great place and I get great treatment. Its worth a call to talk to the nurse and see ehat she needs. They do both medication and injections and other treatments. My husband worked at the hospital with Dr Tammorozzy (sp?) and he has a good opinion of him and that counts a lot to me.

White Beard
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   Posted 12/2/2011 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
greatgrandmatoo

My pain management doctor is in Champaign, and is the head Doctor of the Spinal Pain Clinic at Christie Clinic there in Champaign. I do understand what you are going through, I am wanting to leave Illinois, and move to a somewhat warmer climate, and near a military installation so I can take advantage of my military retirement benefits! My biggest concern about moving is leaving my medical team and trying to find and establish a new one! I feel I have one of the best pain management doctors around. My PM doc not only treats pain but treats the "whole" patient! He orders test, and does referrals, and heck when I was having marital problems and then my subsequent divorce, he even referred me to a marriage counselor that would accept Medicare and Tricare! I have been with this Doctor for many many years now, and in my book he is definitely the Best! So there is good Pain Management Doctors here in Illinois!
 
greatgrandmatoo, if I can be of any further help to you, feel free to let me know. Moving can be a rather trying experience, and doing it while coping with chronic pain can just make it that much tougher! I do hope that your previous pain management doctor did take into account your possible lack of treatment do to your transition from him/her to your accquiring a new medical and pain management team.

Anyway I wish you well and hope everything works out well for you!

White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

Post Edited (White Beard) : 12/2/2011 12:15:55 AM (GMT-7)

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