I am going to see an orthopedest.Which is a BONE DOCTOR in a couple of weeks.So my PCP tells me to take IBUPROFEN 600mg in the meanwhile.Is she crazy.When she saw me she said didn't you come here before about this.I said yea but I just got out of the HOSPITAL a couple of days ago and they said I had to follow-up with you to get more pain meds.She said unfortunatley I cannot prescribe those kind of medications.So I am going to have to referre you to a specialist for your kind of condition.Is she a good doctor or bad doctor.What do I do??If I go back to the ER I don't even know if my insurance will cover it.I have already been 2 times within the past year.They might also red flag me.Which is highly UNLIKELY but if I get the wrong doctor on a bad day.Then I could possibly get red flagged.Please someone help!!Do you think that when I see my ortho he will presribe me the pain meds that worked.Oh so well in the ER or do you will he give me Lyrica or some stupid stuff like Nuerotonin??NO OFFENSE but I like the way opiates reliefs my pain.I don't care if people think I am disobediant or a drug seeking type person but that medication was the ONLY thing that helped.I have tryed every OTC medication for back pain and alternative methods.The only medication that works well for me are the OPIATE kind and I know that sounds bad but that treats my pain BEST.Please any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Hi arc, Beacause I don't know your docort, I will just have to give you my advice based on personal experience. If my memory serves me right (and it doesn't always), you said you have know this doctor for a long time. When she said "I cannot prescribe this medication", that was a lie and you should have called her on it. What she could have said was " I don't WANT to prescribe this medication, or I am not comfortable prescribing it." That said ER have have a saying, it is basically " Treat them, refer them and street them. Going to the Er twice in twelve calender months is not so bad, now if you mean you have been there twice sine January, they might red flag you. Personally, if my insurance paid for it I would go back. This time I would arrive with any x-rays you might have or you can request a copy of your records from your female doctor.
Have a list of questions you want to ask the attending ER doctor, one of those questions I would have is to ask a for a referral (to a different PCP. If you have been seeing her for a long time you may be better served by a male doctor, they are usually easier to talk to when you are also a man. They usually don't mince any words either. If one was to say no, you may feel more comfortable asking him point blank "WHY?" I went to an orthpedic surgeon when I ruined my right foot in an auto accident. He woould ask me how was my pain and did I need more pain medication. Also an orthopedic doctor may feel better about treating chronic pain, instead of acute pain.I am not be sarcastic when I say " you have been with yout current PCP for a long time, but you are by no meaans joined at the hip. Maybe it is time to sever those ties. Back pain can be difficult to diagnose, in defense of yout current PCP, and give the Neurotin a chance. I suffer from Neuropathy and it has gratly reduce the pain and the odd sensations that go with it. You may have some problems with wieght gain (not alot) but enough to discourage you to stay on those meds.Try to give them a shot (not literally) and see if taken with your pain meds, you might be suprised. OK guy, that's all I can handle at 5 a.m.Please keep me posted in
She sounds like she is all against the real pain relief my friend and ive met those type before. I suggest you go to the bone doctor but also try to find yourself a PM that does not need a refferal from your PCP. Yeah i dont think you want to trouble yourself with her again she does not believe in the real treatment for pain(opiates).
yes i agree with fallqueen about your pcp ... she CAN write what you need ... she just doesnt want to ... my pcp is the same way ... he writes me my blood presure med an depression med ... thats all..but i know a few people who also go to him an he writes this lady i know her lortabs an xanax ... an another lady i know had to actually cry in his office an beg for xanax ... but he wrote her ... an still does some of these doctors ..like to do for who they want an say .. the rest an that is just not fair i dont understand it either so im like fallq find you a new pcp ..i know its kinda hard to take that first step but i am going to find me a new one ... SOON... i asked you a private question ..i hope you read it an reply ... your friend ..linda
I hate to be the bearer of bad new but you may be rightt (along with everyone else here who's already responded. Pain meds have gotten to be so abused the most dr's won't write Rx's for them, especially the younger you are. Don't know if I have anything else to add that I haven't said before, I went through a lot of the same stuff you are and finally got to pain mgmt (and even a lot of those dr's try to do everything but prescribe narcotics) and got pain meds and now I've lost my insurance and therefore can't go to dr or get meds and am sorta in that position with you - in pain and frustrated and depressed. Just keep trying. But do not go see any dr with an attitude like all you want is narcotics - you're pretty much guaranteed not to get them that way. I wish I had something better to tell you or recommend to you :( Hang in there.
when i first went to my dr about my back pain, he referred me straight to the orthopedic dr. after i was done with all the physical therapy & everything... my ortho dr said he dont give out pain meds like that. he gave me a script to last till i saw my pcp again. my pcp did my pain management for a while. he wouldnt do it right off the bat. he waited for the ortho's diagnosis. maybe that is what your dr is doing. but i kind of doubt it because she said she CANT write those kind of scripts. i would go see the ortho dr and while he is treating you, find another pcp... just as everyone else has said. there is no way she CANT write them scripts. she would not lose her license. she just didnt want to do it. not unless she has a history of throwing pills at people and now has her superiors breathing down her back. we are in pain. we should be treated just like everyone else with other diseases. we should be able to get medication that helps us.
and DONT feel bad about saying you like opiods and thats the only thing u have found to relieve your pain. im in the same boat. if it werent for opiods, i wouldnt be able to get off the couch... or play with my kids. i'd be bed ridden. i understand were you are coming from and i hope you get some relief soon.
Hi there arc. You've gotten some good answers. Especially fall queens response. More and more doctors are refusing to write these scripts. It's quite obvious your doc CAN write it, she just won't. What baffles me is WHY she won't. Maybe give it one more shot with her. You've been with her a long time. Maybe if you ask her again, and ask what the problem is, she may think twice and help you. She should feel more comfortable writing the script if you go with her referral for the orthopedist. That way she can check to see that you aren't getting meds from them too. Tell her you have no where else to turn to. When do you go to the specialist? As far as getting "red flagged" in the er, should you decided to go again, be sure to ask for the attending physician. The attending has the authority to do whatever is best for you. They oversee the other er doctors. Attendings will have no problem contacting your doctor to see what the problem is.
If you decide to go, be sure to tell them everything going on with your doctor and that you have no place to go for help. Should you decided to find a different doc all together, get a copy of all your medical records including any lab work and x-rays. When the receptionist or nurse asks whom they should be sent to, just say you need a copy for yourself. Then set up an appt. with the new doc. I have a feeling if you have your records sent to another doc, your current doc will label you as a drug seeker. That's why I would recommend giving her one more chance to help you out. Try to get an appt set up asap with the ortho people in the meantime. Like I said before, it may take several weeks to be seen. At least ask your doc to help with that. Getting in to see the specialist on an emergency basis. It's the very least she can do for you! I truly feel your pain arc. Thanks for keeping us posted and let us know what you decide and hopefully we can help!
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