that patients are satisfied with. I am on 200mgs. of methadone which does little for pain. It is high due to complications with Hepatitis C and cirrhosis.
I found that the best source of doctors that I've come across are those recommended to me by my primary doc or my psychiatrist. Every time that I'd go ahead and pick someone out, they turned out to be less than good... My current psychiatrist was recommended to me by my primary doc, and although he started out as a condescending jerk, over time he turned out to be an amazing doctor, the only one who was able to stabilize my list of issues. It also turned out that he was also trained as a pain doctor, and was able to make the fibromyalgia pain go away by prescribing me Methadone. Since I've been laid off and had to switch to cheep insurance, insurance that no longer covers mental health and medications relating to mental health, he switched me over to all generics. He also for a period of time stockpiled me with months of free samples! If it hadn't been for the recommendation, I would have never known who to pick.
You might ask for a referral from where you get your methadone, your primary care dr., your insurance company. The best way I've found is through word of mouth - talk to everyone you see that looks like they are in pain and ask where they go. Remember, you are entitled to a second, or even a third opinion. Try one out - as long as you don't sign a contract stating that only they can prescribe your pain meds you are free to see another pain management dr. See who has the best plan for treating your problems. Best wishes to you -
Joe Papps, excuse me for asking, but why are you on methadone? if it is because you were trying to get off of narcotics, your pain management will be limited to things like physical rehab, electro stimulants, heat therapy, etc... Be very careful when choosing a pain management doctor. Most of them require you to sign a contract which allows them to release you from their care if you receive any kind of narcotic from any other doctor. Since I don't know what exactly it is that is causing your pain, my answers are limited also. But there are a lot of good doctors out there amongst the bad ones, it just takes time to find one. Good Luck, NIK
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