i feel the new formula of oxycontin is causing me problems, mentally and physically but he refuses to change. Only offers to wean off or put in a pump and I will not do a pump, my insuance does not cover it and my problem has not even been found. pain med does not help with weakness and lack of use in hand. Is there anything I can do to convince him this is urgent?
I think I would seek a second opinion. You have a lot of things wrong with your description. A neurolgist would probably be able to help you more by ordering an MRI or some nerve conduction studies. It is better to treat the condition then to treat the pain caused from it if all possible. Since your condition has not been established, I would most definately get a second opinion.
I agree with Mary buzzlessbee - you need to seek out a second, and possibly a third opinion. In addition to seeing a neurologist, you might want to see a Physiatrist, a doctor that specializes in Physical Medicine, Pain Management, and Rehabilitation. This type of doctor is often good in situations such as yours - needing a diagnosis, chronic pain care, and rehab to get your body working up to prime again. Just be careful not to accept any prescriptions from a new doctor while you have an agreement in place with your current doctor that he/she is the only provider you can get pain meds from. So, don't burn your bridges just yet, but do seek out a diagnosis for your pain, then a plan for treatment. Your current doctor is not offering viable solutions - you can't do a pain pump if your insurance does not cover it - the price is just too high. No doctor should force a patient into a procedure/device that they will be tied to the rest of their life. That is just wrong. Be well!
If you have kept records showing that you comply with his orders by that I mean can account for the pills you take, whether he asks for it or not, he should know exactly what you are doing, the only thing left is to make an appointment and see another pain specialist, be sure you take him lots of information, how bad you hurt, where you hurt, what you have taken in the past, what worked and what didn't, times you take your medication, take your medication with you each time you go, that may seem extreme but my doctor told me thats what helps me help you, I can prove what you say is true, they can't question either one of us. I wish you the best of luck and if you need further assistance feel free to call on us
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