Posted 9/12/2018 5:53 PM (GMT -6)
I'm in Pa. I don't know if it's state regulation or not. but my pain doc still has everyone come in every three months and asks how we're doing, pain status, occasionally a pee test, and he gives paper scripts. I'm happy he cares enough to want to know how we're doing and if there are any changes.
Today I complained it was harder to get out of bed in the morning. Pain level for this visit was 7, seriously my usual. He suggested trying a heating pad before getting up, since I don't have to hit the bathroom urgently when I wake up. OK, no change in meds for now, which was what I was for. He's right. Shots (steroids and other spinal procedures) quit working a couple of years ago. I guess, since I haven't had any new testing or procedures, I'm getting paliative care? At least he had something new for me to try.
I don't like the idea of docs just sending e-scripts, unless patients have had a visit.