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   Posted 3/7/2012 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. We finally got our internet back. I'm so glad to be back. It seems like it's been soo long since I've posted here.

My new primary care doctor still doesn't want to prescribe my pain meds. I saw her last Thursday and she got the lady up front to give me a list of pain management doctors that are supposed to accept Medicaid. I plan to call them tomorrow and find out if they do.

I'm really nervous about this. The doctor told me I have to have a pain management doctor. I'm thinking what if I can't find one that accepts my insurance? I sure hope she changes her mind, if I can't find one.

Please pray for me that she will prescribe my meds if I can't find a pain management doctor, if you pray.

Thank you

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   Posted 3/7/2012 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Loretta, welcome back.

I'm sorry you're having more problems. Can you discuss your concerns with your primary care doctor - there's maybe a particular reason why she feels uncomfortable prescribing your meds? I know that here certainly some GPs are quite comfortable prescribing narcotic meds while others don't want to touch them.

If after talking to her again she still isn't happy, maybe she can refer you to a PM doctor who will accept your insurance?

Thinking of you and hoping that things go your way (((hugs)))

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   Posted 3/7/2012 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Glad you have internet back. It sounds like this issue about pain doctors is causing you a lot of anxiety. I think the next thing you can do is call those doctors and hope one of them takes Medicaid. Don't get too far ahead of yourself worrying about the "what ifs".

I am thinking of you today as you call those doctors. Please let us know what you find out.
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   Posted 3/7/2012 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta...

Sorry to hear about the issues that you are having...

Just FYI but many states are now tightening their laws on the qualifications of Drs. to prescribe opiates. Those laws say that any Dr. that is not a PM Dr. will have to have more education (lectures, seminars, testing) in pain management as well as pass higher standards for licensing...

So...that is why many Primary Drs. Internists...etc. are referring their patients to Pain Management Drs....

Now..this may not be the case in your state....and it could just be that your Dr. because they don't specialize in chronic pain and medications, is wanting the best for you as a PM Dr. does have many years in working strictly with medicine/pain...

I agree with others that it's not use to worry about what hasn't happened yet...Try to be positive that you will find a wonderful PM that will help you...

Stress/worry will only cause anxiety and more pain..I know it's easier said than

The main thing is looking for a PM who will help you find a comprehensive plan using many modalities to help manage your pain....The key is to not ask over the phone, "Do you all prescribe narcotics?"....

Ask them if they do a combination of therapies to help and what would those be...

The other thing with a new Dr. is being open to try things...even if some of them have been done before...As I's about the entire package of things to help possibly including medicine, both narcotic and non....exercise, injections, TENS unit, counseling, PT, aqua therapy, acupuncture, massage, stretching/yoga, eating healthy, not smoking....etc....

Just to name a few....I use most of those above each day/week/ each thing is a building block to the other....while one thing alone will never be the answer...

We are all rooting for you and hope that you will find a wonderfully caring PM DR.!!!

Sending hugs (( ))
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(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

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   Posted 3/7/2012 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta, I bet you find someone on the list that she gave you. I am sure she would not give her patients bad information on drs that take Medicaid, that would serve her no purpose to lie to her patients, if anything that would make her look bad.

So, does this mean that for however many weeks you have been without pain meds, wow. I imagine you have been hitting the OTC meds like crazy.

Get busy on the phone and get an appt set up because you know it can take weeks or even months to get in to see a PM dr. I saw on here the other day it was taking someone two months to get in as a new patient.

Take care...Susie
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   Posted 3/7/2012 11:43 PM (GMT 0)   
Loretta, if you have an insurance company, not just a medicaid card, you can call them and they can give you names of specialists in your area for various problems. For example, in my area Gateway is one of these companies.
It's terrifying to me to call doctors offices when they don't know me unless I have a specific referral to that doctor. I need a new gynecologist because mine left the area, and I haven't tried calling for half a year, and I have a fibroid that needs watching. If you call, then I will have to. You'll give me the courage to do it.

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   Posted 3/7/2012 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Loretta, I found out my Insurance Company has an online site and I can find doctors in my area that fall under my insurance plan. Maybe your Insurance Company has a site also. Hope this helps.
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   Posted 3/8/2012 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta....

I'm glad to see you back online yeah I know how frustrating that was for you to be offline.

Any luck on finding a PM doctor? I thought this new primary doctor did give you the patches a few weeks ago? Or am I confusing things?

I'd be working on calling all those doctors on that list - and fast!

Let me know how things are.... and I'm concerned about you and your medications. I hope you have enough to last until you find a doctor.....

Take good care... --Tina
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   Posted 3/8/2012 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Tina...thanks for reminding me as I sometimes mix up a few people on here....I apologize for this...Need to take notes sometimes! LOL

Loretta...I was just looking at your post back on 2/14 where you said that they were saying you needed to find a PM and would give you a referral...

Is there any reason why you held off on doing this the last month? You seemed to be more happy about that decision back then saying that it was just getting to be too much for your PCP and of course...with all the troubles you have had with the prescription issues with them getting down to the wire...

It sounds like they are willing to help you but I think they are encouraging you not to put it off..

Anyway...hope you come back with a good update about finding some PM's to go check out...In our area....there are many of them that accept Medicaid/Medicare...So hopefully you will have luck..
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
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