I have Kaiser and went to the pain clinic for about
three years. Was referred back to my primary care provider and discharge from pain clinic b/c my condition is "chronic" doesn't respond to "alternative" treatments and "any doctor" can prescribe pain pills--which, thank god, my primary does. Anyway, they are going to want you to do alternative things (all which I did, just so they would continue to give me what works for me, pain meds)--I did two years of acupuncture (didn't work, but it did for a pulled back muscle some years ago, differemt situation all together), I tried biofeedback (didn't work for me b/c I was already applying the same principles, sort of like positive thinking--which is challenging when your in chronic pain--meditation, distraction, mind body connection, etc.), group support for chronic pain, and saw their psychologist. For me, I was
open to suggestion, honest about
what didn't and did work and participated w/recommendations. The trick w/Kaiser is to be very knowledgeable about
your condition (which is a challenge for you right now) and if you don't feel your getting what you want, ask for another opinion. Kaiser has a patient's rights office called "Patient Relations" and I've had to contact them several times throughout the years to get my point across--very good response. I think if your reasonable and your medical history shows that there is a problem, people will not "label" you. Drug seeking behavior is very obvious to professionals and you will know you are doing it if you start to do it. BUT, I do have to say, that I have had a couple of doctors who were unsympathetic w/my condition, even though I have a vast medical history to back me up, I just changed doctors--but, I went about
it a certain way, I asked other patients, nurses, even my chronic pain doctor gave me a list of understanding doctors that don't mind treating chronic pain. Your going to have to do some work. Good luck.
Dx Ulcerative Colitis 1999; IBS; CP: Asacol x3 x3/day, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Prilosec, Bentyl, Prozac, Endocet (as needed), multi vit, probiotic, fish oil caps x2/day, calcium 1200 mg./day, Prednisone (off/on, unfortunately).