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Baileysmom
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   Posted 3/8/2012 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I live in a major Texas city.

I called the biggest pain mgt office in a 20 mile range and this is what they told me:

"First, you need a referral from someone, even if you have a PPO. Second, the doctors here don't manage medication. They only do procedures"

Ok, so this group of 4 board certified PM docs and 4 PA's only do, like, joint injections? Or nerve blocks? What if those fail? What happens then?

And, more to the point, who IS writing meds? Because primary care really doesn't want to do it either. And why should they when we have PAIN mgt physicians?

I will tell you or thing. Procedures= $$$. Pain meds= Texas medical board in your you know what.

The system = flawed

This might explain it. It makes me so mad my head explodes:
http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/news/press/2012/120223.php

Interesting reading, but see if you can spot a trend...

Post Edited (Baileysmom) : 3/7/2012 11:41:43 PM (GMT-7)


straydog
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   Posted 3/8/2012 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Baileysmom again., lol. I replied to your other post and put some suggestions in there on how to find a PM dr in your area. Another place here at the forum I would like to suggest, is to look in CP101. In that post is some names and phone numbers of agencies that can help you locate a PM dr in your area that accepts your insurance.

As I told you in the other post there are two types of pain mgt drs out there and it is a very lucrative business these days. You need to stay away from the ones that only do injections & procedures, they will not give you as much as a Tylenol either.

It will take a little work, but I feel certain you will be able to find a good PM dr. And yes, you will need a referral from either a PCP or your surgeon.

You asked what happens if these procedures and injections don't work, well some of them will ask if you want to repeat them to see if it may work a second time around. My current PM does not believe in them, she says its a way for drs to pad their bills and I believe her. She is not the first PM dr to tell me this either. There is no guarantee any of it will work.

Take care.
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Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/8/2012 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Baileysmom,

Just a quick "welcome" to the board.... Stray pretty much said everything that I would say, lol. There are definitely two different types of PM offices. It can take some work finding the "right" one.... that's for sure.

Many docs ARE scared to write scripts anymore - even PM doctors. It's scary.

Hope you will continue posting. Take good care --Tina
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