... not a "pill mill", it is run by anesthesiologists and offers all the interventional pain blocks, but also treats patients after their blocks for years with long term medications. I am one of the long term narcotic clients. I am considering a move to the Baltimore/Washington area, but with all the anti-narcotic rhetoric going on, I wonder if I will be able to find myself a doctor up there. Of course, I know as a long term pain patient I have to be seen monthly, I hate to have to fly down here monthly. Maybe I should reconsider my move and go on out to Colorado where things seems more lax. I should add I am a retired physician, but I have been out of the "loop" long enough that I really don't have any connections left to use to find myself a new doc. Thanks for any advice
That is a REALLY scary position to be in. If I were you, I would put some onus of responsibility on your PMD. I would ask them to use their network of physicians to transition you to your new place. You're going to run into problems if you walk into a place cold. You really do want the support of your current PMD, as well as your records, which your current PMD can send electronically. I'm from Denver, and I don't know what you mean about Colorado, unless you're talking about smoking.
Since October of 2014 the government moved Hydrocodone to a Schedule 2 drug and that is part of when the anti-pain med situation started. I live in Texas and some doctors are more strict than others. But they all have to follow federal guidelines. If I were you I would look for pain management doctors in the area you're moving to in advance to moving there and get that set up. Being a longtime patient should help you because you have a history and a file they can look at. It seems to me they would be more likely to treat you because of that.
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