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    roberto1 is offline New Member
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    My wife was seeing a dr. for chronic pain in the Washington state area. She was prescribing her pain medications and then for no reason at all cut her off (no reason having to do with abuse) She just decided she didn't want to treat patients for chronic pain any longer. My wife has legitimate back issues. Questions; can she do this legally? Why are so many dr. afraid of prescribing pain medications now? And does anyone know of any good doctors in the Eastern Washington State area? Thank you!

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    Hey Roberto,

    That's really rotten. I'm sorry it happened. If your wife has x-rays and medical reports that document the cause of her pain, she should make an appointment with another pain management doctor or appropriate specialist who also does pain management right away. Even if she doesn't have x-rays or medical reports, she could still make an appointment and start the process over again.

    I don't like it how doctors make us sign these papers that say that they can cut us off at any time for any reason...No treatment is guaranteed, etc. They give us all the responsibility and keep all the rights for themselves. I know it's because of how the laws are, but it's a depressing situation.

    I wish your wife luck in finding a competent and caring doctor in your area. I wish I knew where to direct you, but I don't. Try joining Angie's List online (sometimes they have an offer where you can cancel later for free) and doing a search for the best pain management doctor in your area.

    Good Luck,

    Ara

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    Thanks for the feedback. Every little bit helps! I'm open to any suggestions. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any pain management dr in our area. Part of the problem is yes, patients have responsibility for taking scripts properly and not abusing them. Because of this a few patients have died in our area and this has made it a lot tougher for legitimate patients.

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    Default roberto1

    hi there-
    I certainly hope this will help. I am in Eastern Washington state. There are actually a few pain management dr.'s and clinic's in the Spokane area.
    I goggled "spokane Washington Pain clinic" and a bunch popped up.
    I think it would depend on what you needed as to who you would call. and of course how close you are to Spokane. I do not know what is available elsewhere. But you could try goggling the same thing but with a different city- someplace closer to where you are. You could also try Oregon (if you are in the tri-cities area) or Idaho. God bless--- h8
    Pearson & Weary Pain Relief Clinic (509) 927-8997
    1410 N Mullan Rd Ste 200
    Spokane Valley, WA 99206
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    http://www.ucomparehealthcare.com/dr...s/Spokane.html
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    these are just a couple of what I found-- try to copy&paste that second link.

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    Thanks again to all the nice people out there that take time to respond. I appreciate it greatly! I'm in the Spokane area, so perhaps your suggestion will be helpful. Many aren't taking new patients, but we will give any a try! Thanks for the feedback and look forward to more! Sincerely, Robert

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    Default Meds cut off -no reason

    Quote Originally Posted by roberto1 View Post
    My wife was seeing a dr. for chronic pain in the Washington state area. She was prescribing her pain medications and then for no reason at all cut her off (no reason having to do with abuse) She just decided she didn't want to treat patients for chronic pain any longer. My wife has legitimate back issues. Questions; can she do this legally? Why are so many dr. afraid of prescribing pain medications now? And does anyone know of any good doctors in the Eastern Washington State area? Thank you!

    As far as I know, a dr. cannot just "stop" prescribing opiates (or any drug for that matter). They are required to give you a month of your meds so you have that month to find a new dr.

    Regular Dr.'s are afraid of the DEA snooping around in what they prescribe, and to who, and how many.

    Pain Dr.'s have a LOT more leeway when it comes to prescribing opiates 4 chronic pain. My husband sees a pain dr in Shoreline, Washington (State). He only has to be seen 4 times a year. Each time he goes in, he leaves with 3 written prescriptions...one to fill that day, one to fill 28 days later, and the other one for 28 days after the 2nd script. The scripts are post dated.

    Sorry, but I know no pain dr.'s in Eastern Washington. A good place to start is Angieslist.com where everyday people comment on dr.'s etc...you should be able to find a suitable one thru peoples reviews. Also, try the phone book. Good Luck!

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    Drs can stop prescribing meds if you are non-compliant with the agreement you have with that dr. A dr who is prescribing 200 30mg roxicodone per month isn't going to give the patient another 200 pills if they are busting UAs. Drs can write refills on schedule III meds but not on schedule IIs and they won't risk their ability to practice medicine over a non-compliant patient.

    I'm not saying the poster above was non-compliant. I am simply providing an example. Drs cut off patients every day. God bless.
    I am not a dr. My statements are based on years of experience and related education. Consult with the professional of your choice regarding matters of concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert_325 View Post
    Drs can stop prescribing meds if you are non-compliant with the agreement you have with that dr. A dr who is prescribing 200 30mg roxicodone per month isn't going to give the patient another 200 pills if they are busting UAs. Drs can write refills on schedule III meds but not on schedule IIs and they won't risk their ability to practice medicine over a non-compliant patient.


    TRUE! IF you are being non-compliant - asking for refills too often, using different pharmacies (MY dr had me sign a pain contract telling her the 2 pharmacies I would be filling at), claiming to "lose" pills or have them "stolen", dirty UA's, etc......BUT! If you ARE compliant, they can NOT just "cut you off" of a Narcotic Painkiller due to the fact that you will go into withdraw. They must give you one month to find another dr,. and prescribe to you for that one month.

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    Hi, Deb! What part of the medical field are you in? I, too have always considered myself sort of an expert in pharmacology. Its always been my interest since I was little and my folks always had bottles of pills laying around. I always wanted to know what they were and what they were for. I was a medic in the army back in the day and had considered taking a course to be a pharmacist's assistant, but my ex at the time wasn't supportive, so.... I am a neurologic assistant/transcriptionist for the same doctor for 20 years. So my interest in pharmacology has done me well with all of the new medications coming out all the time! Hard to keep up with sometimes. Was a medical assistant for two allergists prior to that and before that I was a home health aide (one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs I ever had). Right out of high school, but before the army I worked as an aide in a nursing home. What is it that you do?

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    Default THanks for all the replies!

    The doctor did cut my wife off for no reason, but was nice (Lol) to give her a one month supply for her to find another Doctor. Unfortunately, because of abuse problems throughout the area, you can call ANY doctor and the first thing they say before scheduling an appointment is that the doctor isn't seeing anyone for pain management. The doctors that do specialize in pain management don't accept new patients. They are so worried about their licenses it is almost impossible (And so far is impossible) to find a doctor willing to treat a new patient for legitimate pain management.

    It is so bad in Spokane that I was at the Post Office yesterday and a lady in front of me that works for a doctors office was sending out about 30 certified letters, although she couldn't tell me anything else, she did admit she works for a doctors office and we all know what certified letters from a doctors office usually means....For those that don't know, they send those out when they are no longer going to treat you, the majority of those letters go to pain management patients.

    It's just not fair, and a one month supply is hardly enough to help someone get off the opiates or even to find a new doctor. When are doctors going to be held responsible for putting you on the pain meds to begin with? Sincerely, and thanks for all the feedback! If we still lived in California there are pain management clinics all over and they have no problems prescribing pain medication to legitimate patients.

    Roberto

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    Default Different here...

    For whatever reason, things truly are different here.. I was at the post office and the lady in front of me had 30 certified letters to send out...she said she works for a Drs. office, and we all know what the certified letters are for. If you don't, it means she is cutting you off....I really doubt thirty people were non- compliant at the same time...I imagine, like most Drs here, they are just afraid of losing their licenses...leaving that many more people with nowhere to go!

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