i currently take hydro for ddd 2 a day and it really helps where nothing else does do I need to bring medical records to 1rst office visit?
Your doctor referred you? If they did they will send basic info, but if you have xrays or MRI's or any such thing, you should always take them on the first visit. At least the reports for them showing the exact cause of your pain. Most PCP's are getting away from writing pain scripts because of the new FDA/DEA rulings. Expect to have to take a urine test, & sign a "pain contract" stating you will not share your meds, or sell them or see another physician for getting scripts. Make notes for the apptointment about your pain. For instance what you can do ,& can't do physically, when, it's at it's worse, what has helped you in the past (like your hydrocodone etc... ) DON'T go in & tell them you HAVE to have hydrocodone, just tell them that's what has worked best for you. Doctors don't like being told what they already know, & it will make you appear as a drug seeker.
The new laws make it hard for chrontic pain sufferers like you to get pain meds now, but hopeuflly you got a good referral to a good clinic. I always make notes as I think of them before an appointment as you tend to forget your questions once they start grilling you about your problems... Just some thoughts..Mary
It also helps to know what state you live in. In my state we do not require urine tests. I take Vicodin and alprazolam. So it may be different in different areas.
I would ask the original office to send the records. However, it is important to have a copy of your records when you see a new doc. We have a very sophisticated system where there is a complete printout of visit info, diagnosis, allergies, meds, past diagnosis, you name it. I carry it in my purse just in case I conk out somewhere and end up at a different hospital. We are totally electronic and I can talk to my doc or get records anywhere there is an Internet or a smart phone. Anyhow, work with what you got.
The above info you were given should be very helpful. It doesn't hurt to call the clinic ahead and ask them what they need. They may have electronic records already. Good luck with the new doc and hope it goes well for you.
ALWAYS take your records with you, and as Mary stated, any tests that you have had done such as MRI's, etc. Don't count on your doctor to send your records, though the new doctor can give you a record request, but through experience I have found one VERY important thing. Have your present doctor WRITE A LETTER telling the new doctor that you were NOT kicked out because of noncompliance !!! Make sure that you have this letter in your hot little hands, and do not trust your current doctor to send it!! I have found this out the hard way, and was kicked out of a pain program (they say for noncompliance) when I was in a hospital that my pain doc had no privileges at, so my doctor referred me to a pain doc that works at that hospital. I realized that I hated the new pain doctor, and when I tried to get back in to my old pain clinic, they refused to let me in for reasons stated above . Just trying to help you so that you don't run into problems that I have had in the past.
If you have a letter telling the new doctor that your old doctor doesn't want to do PM anymore, your new doctor will be less suspicious of you, and thinking that you are doctor shopping.
Unfortunately, in our situations the doctors automatically think we are drug addicts first, pain patients after we have proven ourselves to them. You have no idea how long that will take.
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