Other methods have been tried - corticosteroid injections and now they will attempt a nerve block. I just sent a message to my doctor to get the details regarding this. My insurance (MediCare/MediCal) limits things like acupuncture for pain management so I am concerned because my current pain management physician as well as my primary care physician do not want me to continue on morphine (60mg every 12 hours) and oxycodone (10mg twice per day) but, if the other methods are not successful I think I should be able to continue on these pain meds which do work. A friend of mine who is a pharmacist and also suffers from RA and has had extensive experience in the pain management arena confirmed the above as an acceptable thing to do but I am feeling unsure as to how to find, ie. what questions or what to say when I call looking for a pain management physician who is open to prescribing opoids on a long term basis for a patient when everything else has been tried.
How do I find a pain management doctor who will prescribe opoids when other methods are unsuccessful
Added 16 Dec 2011:
I live in the San Diego area so if someone knows a doctor who fits the above, please contact me.
I'm new to this wonderful site and also fairly new to the Pain Management System. I don't know how much help I can be to you but I know I have met some wonderful helpful people on here that I'm sure will respond to your question as well.
It sounds like you know what has worked best for you in the past. I can understand if your primary doctor does not want to handle your medications since it appears you will be on them long term. However, it seems strange that your pain management doctor does not want you to continue on your current medications.
If I was you I would set an appointment with your PM doctor to discuss what he/she feels is your next step for pain control. Maybe he would be willing to switch your medications not necessarily discontinue them. I would just be open and honest with him on how you feel and your level of pain. If he is unwilling to assist you or you are not comfortable with his plan then I would start the search for a new PM doctor which is not something I have any experience with because I've been with the same doctor.
I would first start with a referral from your regular doctor and if that don't work you must start shopping around which I think that is what your question is? Get copies of all of your medicals records (MRI's, CT scans, injections, xrays, doctors notes etc... ) I learned to keep copies of everything and I put them in sheet protectors and keep it all in a large binder that way I have it if needed in the future.
Make a list of questions for the doctor and have all your copies of your records (take extras so they can keep them). At the meeting explain your situation and what you have been through so far and go from there until you find a doctor who you are comfortable with. Which is not an easy tast. I love my doctor but still have the hassle of being judged by the other staff especially the nurse!!!
I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!
I don't know how to find a pain doctor in your specific area except to maybe google Pain Management, & list your area. What I want to tell you is if you find a new doctor, don't go in & say I want this! They think you are first of all seeking just drugs. I understand that is what you are doing, but you have to go about it differently than that. Otherwise theyjust think you are a drug seeker is why it's getting hard to find a good pain doctor, plus the FDA is coming down hard on these clinics, & alot of them do not prescribe 4 to 6 hour pain relief drugs. I had this problem myself, & went to my primary doc in tears literally, & he got on the phone until he found one that prescribes oxycodone which is what I now take. Make sure you take all records you have or get them concerning your condition, & explain that you have tried unsucessfully all the other methods, & the only thing that helped was the morphine 60mg, & the oxycodone for breakthru pain. I wish you the best & hope this bit of advice will help you...
I am in the Palatka Fl area and have pretty bad back injuries from 4 wrecks all in all the most recent being hit by a drunk driver while I was sitting at a redlight and he was going 65 mph and hit me dead on from behind. I have bukging discs in my neck and back and thw pain is so bad I can barely pick my son up! I do have a rexord feom qhen I was younger and getting ikn and out of trouble but now I am in serious pain and had to leave mu job because of it... I went and seen my primary physn. Today and he gave me perc 7.5 to last me 2 weeks at 2 a day and that isnt helping much but thwy also said they are going to refer me to a pain clinic. I also have medicaid and they are goimg to find a doctor that accepts my medicaid but I was also told that medicaid doctors dont presceibe as much. I am in serious pain and it has impacted my life tremendously. I just meed to fimd the right doctor..
does anyone know a doctor in my area or even in surrounding areas like Jacksonville that will write me what I need. Like I said I am new to this whole pain managment thing but evwn if it is a cash only doctor, I just need help finding the right doctor also! TIA!
In the pain management area I have taken 30 mg 150 a month for over 3 years. Then I moved. The doctors won’t prescribe me that amount. Without sending me to a pain management doctor. They do not want to prescribe me that telling telling me about the gov won’t allow. Who can I go to?
I live in New Orleans and have the same problem here in la. I've been to family Drs and pain management Drs I've went to them crying begging and pleading with records in hand but to me nothing helps it's really just a hit or miss when it comes to finding a good Dr. I've had 8 back surgeries and 2 neck surgeries and I can't find a Dr that gives oxy here in New Orleans all they give me here is Norco 10 twice a day or three times a day if someone knows here in New Orleans please let me know
I have fibromyalgia, lupus and Grave' s disease.
My frustration is that I was prescribed tramadol which does NOT work like Percocet or Vicodin. I'm in pain always. The pain wakes me up out of a sound sleep!!! Nothing else's makes the pain manageable except for opioid.
I live in NEWINGTON, CT and I need a good Dr. who would prescribe what I need for a good quality of life!! I'm 59 in 22 days and old enough to know what works and what doesn't. So, I cannot enjoy my GRANDCHILDREN because I'm in too much pain. I want to be more active! My quality of life SUCKS.
PLEASE HELP US WHO ARE IN REAL PAIN! Jill
Please Help, Since everything changed my pain management docs have asked me to get off benzos. While I have gone from 1 mg 3xs a day to at the lowest .5 mg. 2x a day that's not good enough so I got down to .5mg once a day then after a month and 1/2 stopped taking them after a few days I started tripping than falling down every few steps than the next day I went into full-on DTs had to go by EMT to hospital where I put into an adult crib until I could see a doctor who was so shocked at everything I had been going through. So now I am back up to Clonazepam 0.5 mg 3 times a day. So now I am being taking off pain pills against my will and my life will either be in bed or a wheelchair. I am at my breaking point what do I do??? I have lived that way about 4 years ago and that's not living. If you know of anyone in the Durham N.C. or areas within 20 to 40-mile radius of a doctor that would help please texted me back.
( Please don't tell me to go to Duke they have a waiting list for all different hoops they want me to jump through and most doctors in the same practice have a waiting list that goes until 2019 ) as if things couldn't get any worse this is just out there. Thanks please anyone knowing anything to help texted back.
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