... One that is not afraid or unwilling to perscribe pain medication. It is really upsetting to see what the pain management practice has become in my area. Either doctors are too afraid to prescribe pain medication due to the overwhelming amount of abuse in the area or they are so in bed with the local pharmeceutical reps that they give you 10 brand new unproven, untested perscriptions that work for everything from high blood pressure to deppression. I cannot find a single doctor in my area that will perscribe me the medication that I need (oxycodone 15mg). They alll tell me when I get in their office that they don't perscribe perscription narcotics but they have new modern medications and procedures that will help just as much. I have done the injections, the nerve tests, the physical therapy, and all of the new modern medications that are "proven to work". The fact is, I have not found any of these modern "pharmeceutical breakthroughs" to provide anything but an endless list of side effects. The injections did help a little bit but nowhere near taking away all of my pain. I have had two surgeries in the past year and the last one did not go as planned. I am just looking for a decent, good hearted doctor who understands pain! I am sure I will find one eventually but I'm tired of just going down the list one by one in the phone book with little to no results. I have all of my xray's, mri's, surgeon's notes and my full chart from my last doctor who I saw for over two and a half years. My insurance changed and I had to stop seeing him. Since then its been a nightmare! Any names or clinics you could recommend would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
P.S. I am relatively new to this site, so please forgive me if this is not a proper question for this forum. Aslo please forgive my spelling, not my strong-suit!
Your question is fine, just don't know of any docs in the greater Baltimore/Washington area. I can recommend you try googling "doctor locator" and try one of the websites. There are several and will pull up all the anesthisiologists/ pain management doctors in your area. May be a similar list to what is in the phone book, but worth a try.
There are several ways to find good Drs. One is by word of mouth. Ask people around you to recommend a good Dr, of course. You can try what Laurie suggested. You might also try some of the pain advocacy websites like American Pain Society, National Pain Foundation etc. (there are many others) Many of these sites have Drs listed or a search engine for Drs in your area. Did you ask your previous Dr to recommend someone? You can also call your member service number on your health insurance card and see if they can recommend a Dr who is on your insurance plan. Good Luck! It is a very difficult task to find a really good Dr. I wish I could give you a name directly but I thought I might mention some ways to find a Dr you hadnt thought of. Looking on the pain advocacy sites is a really good start then you can find out if they participate with your insurance plan.
Sometimes area hospitals have Dr referral lines too-you might check into calling the hospital in your area you prefer and see if they have a referral line. That way if you do need surgery in the future you know the Dr uses the hospital you prefer to go to. Again, best of luck!!
26 May 2011
I have added you as a friend. Click on the avatar next to my name (ElizaJane), select me as a friend, then send me a private message. I may be able to help.
30 May 2017
I'm with you! Living in chronic pain is no fun. I have the same issues with doctors into area as well. If you find a good one let me know.
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