got thrown out second story window onto conCrete have crack in my back that Will never heal and in my job very hard on my back how do I ask my doctor for help without Soundng like a pill freak
It depends on your insurance as most insurance Co. require referrals for specialist.
Are you being treated currently by Primary Dr.for your pain currently? As most Pain Management specialist prefer that you have tried the "basics" through your Primary Dr. first.
Best of luck, Kathy
Yes, you need a referral because they specialize in pain management for chronic conditions/pain. PM doctors use pain management procedures like trigger point injectons, epidurals, nerve ablation, etc., instead of or sometimes along with medications. Your primary care doctor can refer you.
It also depends on the dr you want to see. I've gone to pain management drs who didn't require that they have a referral and ones who did.
My current pain management doctor asked me for basic medical information over the telephone before he would accept me as a patient. He actually did a background check on me!
I had seen two other PM doctors before finding my current doctor. Neither of those doctors did a background check; however, they did ask for certain records from my previous doctors such as office visit notes, MRIs and x-rays.
It depends what state you are in and their requirements. My dad had to have a certain diagnose before anyone would accept him. You have to have a referral and long history plus documentation that is pretty detailed. They are very thorough in NJ. He had to see at least 3 specialist in order to get a referral it's a crazy process here.
To get into a Pain Management clinic at a major University, I had to have a letter sent from my PCP. The pain clinic took several weeks to review it first to see if they would even schedule me for an appointment. Then it took 4 months to get the appointment. But what great relief I got from their treatments. Ask your pcp for recommendations and a referral to a pain clinics. Find out from the pain clinic what they require. Also, your insurance company's requirements should also be considered as mentioned earlier.
I am on SSI now and have been a Kaiser member for years. Each dr is different. I got very lucky and my Gen practice dr does everything for me. But before my current dr I had a dr that made me go to a pain management class and they would make me do a urine test every month! For example if I ran out of my pain meds and just borrowed one from my husband (I was prescribed the same thing before) they would find it in my system and then I would get warned! That was just an example. Mainly they test you to make sure you have your medication in your system if not then they think your selling them! It's crazy! You just need to sit down and really talk to him! If a dr doesn't seem to want to help you then find another dr that will! They work for you! It's their job to make sure your not suffering! There are different ways drs manage your pain but its up to you to find the right dr! I hope this helps. Nanimal
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