After 3 years with my doctor (with whom I had to sign a contract with before he would see me) told me by phone when I got home from my appt. (same day) he would no longer see pain patients anymore. During my appt. that same day we scheduled my next 3 visits (appts) thru december. I do not understand. Today his website still spouts pain management thru his office? Are there no responsibilities on his end towards me? I only ask since after 3 years and 1 move, I am not sure of where my copy of the contract I signed is. I am desparate since i am on medicare, and there are few drs in this field that take medicare. Does anyone have any experience with these contracts that may be able to offer any adviced? Can any one help me? Coincedintally, that day I had asked him about a new medication that was out, he threw his arms up and walked out. I was told to go out front and wait for my scripts. I did state that I did not appriciate that he just walked out on me and would not discuss the possibility of new options. He talks about the amount of meds I take, and voluntarily over the years, I have reduced my meds without solicitation, but I take twenty pills a day, and hoped to maybe decrease that if a NEW med might work better. I dont think I had overstepped my bounds, I only hoped to discuss it. He came out and told me he was aware of the med and prescribes it to no-one. I said thank you for talking with me, and left. I got the call three hrs later.
Sounds as if you may have gotten the run around with your doc. I would request a written statement that he is no longer seeing pain control patients. If they refuse, you know they aren't being honest. Then I would show up at his office and request the "release for medical records" form to sign to get copies of your records. You are not obligated to pay for the copies since he is the one who quit on you, not the other way around. Do not tell them where to send them as you haven't found a new doctor yet. Tell them you need a copy of everything (including all lab reports, x-rays, contract signed, notes, etc) for your personal file. They are your records and you have a right to have copies of them. Do you have verification of the next 3 months of appts? That will also help you in disclosing the true reasons behind this decision to dismiss you as a patient.
Once you have all the copies of your records, I would have someone call his office and inquire if he is seeing new patients for pain control. If they say yes, you have a case of discrimination. But first steps first. Go there and get copies of everything. This is totally unacceptable. What happened? Did you ask him for heroin or something? My gosh! But get those records!! See what it says about HIM dropping YOU as a patient. Even when you are med compliant, see if there is a sentence in there where it says he can drop you for no cause. Do this quickly as it may take a while to find another doctor. I wish you the best. You really got a bad rap on this one.
good luck to you.
This sounds like the experience I had when I went to a new pain dr. with the approval of my current one at the time.
It turned out that the new one who prescribes methadone for chronic pain was busted by the DEA. My regular pain dr sent me to him because he, himself did not prescribe methadone to anyone and new this dr did.
I had a pleasant long visit with the new dr, all he was all excited about me starting his multi-discinplinary program and had me excited as well.
I never mentioned methadone but at the end of the appointment I asked what pain medicine he would put me on and he literally threw his arms in the air and said " I no longer take over persons medications".
I later found out from one of his old patients he was busted for writing too many scripts, although in his case he was allowed to continue practice and still prescribe to past patients.
If you are taking 20 pain pills a day this may be the best thing that ever happened to you. Find a new pain management dr, and take the lowest dose of whatever he will put you on, before you end up like me. Read my profile. God Bless and Good Luck. Sable
Everything Christine said was the perfect answer. This office does not need to know where you are going next because of the way you were treated.
I would even try to find an Internal Medicine doctor as many people who have been in pain and are only "medication management patients" no longer need a pain management doctor as I found out from my 1st pain doctor ever when I went back to him after being treated as bad as you were and worse by a doctor who did have his license taken away and the office has since closed (6 of them in the state I live in). Some Internal Med doctors are now having pain patients sign contracts and prescribing their meds for them and also they can take care of your entire health needs which is even better.
People I've known that get the best pain care are seeing Internal med doctors and now I am one too after 11yrs in pain management.
I would follow everything Christine said as that would have been my exact advice to you also.
You may have to go through a good pain doctor to get an internal med doctor to take over your care but if you are already a patient of one, you may be able to get out sooner if they take your Medicare as that is my only insurance too.
My prayers are with you as I truly do understand.
Also I had a pain doctor years ago who dropped me and all "medication management patients" only as he moved to a hospital office and decided if he couldn't do procedures on you, he didn't want you as a patient and I was compliant and all my records from him says so. I just went to my scheduled appt to find this out but I was given a letter of why he would no longer see me and also 3mos of scripts to find time to get a new doctor.
I feel so badly about the way you were treated, take the advice about getting your records as soon as you can, do not give them a reason why, they might eliminate important parts of your records.
Too many physicians are getting away with deplorable behavior much like you have described.
The first time I was referred to a pain management clinic, I filled out many forms, sent all my records they requested then had to wait more than 8 weeks to be seen, I arrived 20 minutes early as they requested, the nurse walked me to the examine room, during our short walk she asked what brand of perfume I was wearing, I told her I was not wearing any perfume, that what she smelled on me was most likely my body wash I has used to shower with that morning, she all but accused me of lying to her, made a huge fuss about it, I didn't know what to make of her demeanor, then the Doctor came to the door, stared at me, walked away , 5 minutes later him and the nurse who stared at me, rolled her eyes, while Doctor from He** said there was no way he could examine me as "according to him and his nurse' THEY SAID I 'reeked something terrible, and I needed to come back when I wasn't wearing such awful smelling perfume!!! Was I MAD... I drove straight to my primary doc told him what occurred, he phoned this pain place and stated that he was going to be reported for the way I was mistreated... am I glad I did that, as the primary doc said I smelled just fine and he apologized for what happened, sorry for the long story, I just wanted you to know how much I understand what you've been through. On a Happy note, six months later I found out the good news, This poor excuse for a physician went back to his own country in Pakistan. I HOPE HE HAS HIS PASSPORT CONFISCATED. So he can never work here again, I just feel sorry for the people in his country have to deal with his rude incompetent attitude.
To me, it sounds like he is dropping you as his patient because he's frustrated. I have been dealing witth pain management doctors over 10 years. I had a great one in Indiana, but it took me 3 years to find her. Then we moved to another state, and I had to start looking all over again! It took two years to find the doctor I have now. I have been with him for over five years. I have my contract with him in front of me now, I have to sign a new one every year and take a drug test, anyway, according to my contract and some of the others I have signed in the past with other doctors, they have to give you 30 days notice when dropping you as a patient, and it sounds like he did just that. I don't know what state you live in, but I do agree with the other member who said to get your own copy of your records and find your own doctor.
The doctors office will probably charge you for making you a copy of your records, but once you get them maybe you can read through them to see what this doctor has written in them and then you might find out why he did what he did. Good luck to you...
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