Posted 11/14/2015 12:56 PM (GMT -6)
Hello & welcome to the chronic pain forum. Sorry to read what you are dealing with for a pain mgt dr.. Unfortunately, you have several obstacles in your path. It is probably going to be very difficult finding a good dr to get in with. The biggest problem is because of all the changes that have taken place in pain mgt the last few years, it is restrictive & getting worse every day. The DEA is involved, drs are being monitored, scared of losing their licenses, many are leaving pain mgt because they are tired of the BS they are put through. I am talking reputable drs here, not pill mills. Many of are no longer taking new patients. Its a very real & a big problem.
I would not go to this cash only place because probably before long this clinic will get shut down & I doubt very seriously if another dr would touch you after being connected with a clinic like that. Because you are in Florida makes you finding a good reputable PM dr that is taking new patients a tough one. People today if they have a dr they better hang on to him/her.
Finding a dr that understands tolerance these days especially a new one, good luck. Everything in PM today is geared towards the patients being on lower doses or being taken off completely. I am not trying to scare you here, its just the environment we have now being a long term chronic pain patient.
Not knowing the meds you are on or what your medical problems are but we look for ways to distract ourselves from our pain. We do not solely rely on our meds to get us through the day. We are aware at any time we could get them yanked as quick as we given them.
I don't know how long this new dr has been at your clinic, but something you may want to consider is doing a couple of injections if they help fine, if not then you have done your part to show you are willing to try things. When a patient starts refusing things it can go bad. This new dr can very well be weeding patients out that he thinks are questionable.
Other than getting online & looking for a PM dr & calling & finding out what their requirements are to get an appt you can go in for a meet & greet appt to get a feel for the dr & staff. Make it clear that you are looking for a new dr, do not accept any scripts from them. You are probably under a Contract with your clinic now. Some drs require a referral from a dr so be sure to find out what is required.
I am not trying to persuade you one way or the other but PM today is so different. I think eventually we will not be seeing many of them & unless someone is terminal or has a catastrophic illness we are going to be on our own. Sure isn't what it use to be thats for sure.
Weekends here tend to be slow so keep checking back.