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    Question Need help/direction: Tulsa OK

    I have had a ruptured disc in my neck for about 6 years. I started out on lortab 10 but as the years have progressed and the pain gotten worse I am now taking 30mg oxycodone 6 times a day. I know that may seem like a lot but this pain is torture. I put the surgery off for years because I was married with step kids and could not afford the surgery and the time off work it involved. Since I am now divorced I had the surgery, I even let my house go into foreclosure in order to be able to have the surgery. It is not an instant fix, it will take time for me to heal and the pain to go away. My family doctor who has been doing my pain management told me yesterday that on Nov 26 she is closing up shop.

    She is going to refer me to a pain specialist, however I have dealt with many doctors in the past who just treat you like you are a drug user and are looking to get high. I do not want to see doctor after doctor and have it look like I am doctor shopping for pain meds. I just need a new doctor to treat me until I get through my recovery and am able to get off the medication.

    Are there any members here who live in Tulsa Oklahoma or the surrounding area who could recommend a doctor who would treat me and treat me like a patient with a legitimate issue, not someone looking for meds for non legitimate issues? I have all my records, history, MRIs, Discogram, etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tstephens78 View Post
    I have had a ruptured disc in my neck for about 6 years. I started out on lortab 10 but as the years have progressed and the pain gotten worse I am now taking 30mg oxycodone 6 times a day. I know that may seem like a lot but this pain is torture. I put the surgery off for years because I was married with step kids and could not afford the surgery and the time off work it involved. Since I am now divorced I had the surgery, I even let my house go into foreclosure in order to be able to have the surgery. It is not an instant fix, it will take time for me to heal and the pain to go away. My family doctor who has been doing my pain management told me yesterday that on Nov 26 she is closing up shop.

    She is going to refer me to a pain specialist, however I have dealt with many doctors in the past who just treat you like you are a drug user and are looking to get high. I do not want to see doctor after doctor and have it look like I am doctor shopping for pain meds. I just need a new doctor to treat me until I get through my recovery and am able to get off the medication.

    Are there any members here who live in Tulsa Oklahoma or the surrounding area who could recommend a doctor who would treat me and treat me like a patient with a legitimate issue, not someone looking for meds for non legitimate issues? I have all my records, history, MRIs, Discogram, etc..

    Thank You


    It sounds like you have had surgery and different circumstances now than what you might have had six years ago. Quite honestly if you have all of your medical records with MRIs, etc proving your existing conditions merit schedule II medication like you've been taking most pain management drs are going to RX meds accordingly. But they have regulations they have to follow.

    You've got to understand that NO legitimate dr is going to start throwing scripts around for schedule II medications without going through the processes required by law for them to do. They won't risk losing their license over a patient. NO WAY.

    It's tough when you have to start from scratch with a new pain dr. I had to do it a few times. I would suggest just one thing. Go to the dr with the right attitude knowing you are going to have to jump through the hoops like everyone else does. If you go into your first appt expecting the new dr (who doesn't know you from Adam) to automatically start writing scripts for 180 30mg oxy per month with no questions asked just because your previous dr was prescribing that way you will most certainly be very disappointed. It won't go down like that unless you find a bandit dr. And very few of them write scripts for schedule II meds as they are monitored so closely by the DEA. Be realistic about this.

    Drs have regulations they must adhere to. Fact is that a lot of people DO go in trying to score drugs even if you aren't one of them. You need to have some consideration for the dr too and you will likely have much better results. They like to be treated with respect and in turn are more likely to treat you with the same respect. I'm not judging just stating the facts as they are. Good luck and God bless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_325 View Post
    It sounds like you have had surgery and different circumstances now than what you might have had six years ago. Quite honestly if you have all of your medical records with MRIs, etc proving your existing conditions merit schedule II medication like you've been taking most pain management drs are going to RX meds accordingly. But they have regulations they have to follow.

    You've got to understand that NO legitimate dr is going to start throwing scripts around for schedule II medications without going through the processes required by law for them to do. They won't risk losing their license over a patient. NO WAY.

    It's tough when you have to start from scratch with a new pain dr. I had to do it a few times. I would suggest just one thing. Go to the dr with the right attitude knowing you are going to have to jump through the hoops like everyone else does. If you go into your first appt expecting the new dr (who doesn't know you from Adam) to automatically start writing scripts for 180 30mg oxy per month with no questions asked just because your previous dr was prescribing that way you will most certainly be very disappointed. It won't go down like that unless you find a bandit dr. And very few of them write scripts for schedule II meds as they are monitored so closely by the DEA. Be realistic about this.

    Drs have regulations they must adhere to. Fact is that a lot of people DO go in trying to score drugs even if you aren't one of them. You need to have some consideration for the dr too and you will likely have much better results. They like to be treated with respect and in turn are more likely to treat you with the same respect. I'm not judging just stating the facts as they are. Good luck and God bless.

    Thanks for your feedback but to clarify what is going on, I wasn't asking for someone to tell me which doctor would just give me meds. I just had my surgery 6 weeks ago, I still have a neck brace on. It takes time to recover from that and now my doctor is closing her business. 6 years ago was when the pain started, I had to put surgery off because I had a family to support.

    All I am asking here is if there is anyone in my area who could recommend a good doctor, not someone who is just going to give me meds because I ask for them.

    The real problem is this. If you call and ask if a doctor will treat you because if a pain related condition you automatically get turned down. And if you just start going to doctors and pay the visit fee, just to be told that they don't give out pain pills for any situation, well you are out of money and then have to try someone else. After a while you then get accused of doctor shopping for illegal reasons when that was not what you were doing. I completely understand that there are regulations that they have to follow, however they also use the law as an excuse. Our local newspaper did an article recently talking about how many doctors will not prescribe pain medication to anyone under any conditions, when asked why they said there was fear of being prosecuted but on further research it was found that this only happens if the doctors are blindly giving out prescriptions. Pain medication is made to treat pain related issues and as long as the person getting the prescription has just cause to do so and does not abuse it then the doctor is OK. And even if a person gets caught up in selling their medication and it comes back to the doctor, the doctor is not at fault if they did their job. So again I am not here to complain about the issue I just wanted readers to understand my situation and ask if there is any doctor they would recommend.

    If you live in my area and you have a doctor who you know would not treat my condition then there is no need to reply to this. However if you live in my area and you have a good doctor that, listens to his patients, reviews their charts and medical history, will look over my MRI and other test results, call the hospital and confirm that I just had surgery and understand that I just need to get my regular medication that I have been getting until I heal. The surgery was not a quick fix, I have a lot of damage and it will take a number of months to heal. So if you have a doctor in my area that might treat me then please let me know.
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    Are you still seeing your suregon? I am guessing you are if you are still wearing your brace. I have surgery 5 weeks ago and I still have to see my suregon. I believe there is a time frame in which you are under their care. When I had surgery 3 years ago that surgeons office sent me a letter after one year and said thank you for being our patient, and since it has been one year since your surgery you are ok to be released from our pratice.

    I am thinking your suregon really knows your history and you should not have a problem getting the attention that you need when you go to a follow up appointment with your suregon. For having neck surgery I would hope that you would be under their care for at least 6 months. I had a minor surgery and until physical threapy is over I have to see suregon once a month. Therefore I will bee seeing him for 4-6 months.

    Good luck to you, I hope this helps.

    Is their a dr that your dr could refer you to that she/he knows. That way your dr could forward all of your history to a new dr.
    Best of luck, let us know what happens
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    Hi there,
    I live in Tulsa ok and was your Dr, Dr Bennett by any chance?
    She was my husbands doctor and when she went out of buisness thats when he decided to get off of the drugs he was on.

    Have you tried Dr. Sorenson?? Hes a pain specialist and very good from what i hear.(my mothers doctor)

    Hope you find what you are lookin for and sorry i didnt find this post sooner.Take care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missfortune View Post
    Hi there,
    I live in Tulsa ok and was your Dr, Dr Bennett by any chance?
    She was my husbands doctor and when she went out of buisness thats when he decided to get off of the drugs he was on.

    Have you tried Dr. Sorenson?? Hes a pain specialist and very good from what i hear.(my mothers doctor)

    Hope you find what you are lookin for and sorry i didnt find this post sooner.Take care.
    Yes actually it was Dr Bennett, she is a great Dr and she really listened, She did referrer me to someone else but my medications got cut by 2/3 and it is killing me. I lost my job since I started missing a lot of work. After a year I got another MRI and found that every vertebra in my neck is out of alignment, pinching nerves, I have 4 more budging disc, bone spurs. My pain is so bad that I just want the pain to stop by any means, and things are not looking good for me. I don't want people to think that I am suicidal because of my condition but with the right treatment I could live a normal life. As it is I can not even go out on a date, not to eat, not to the movies. I can't hold a job. If I could just get the correct treatment I would be OK. But many people do not understand. Dr Bennett herself had medical issues and knew what chronic pain was. Most doctors do not....

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