and need some assistance as I am new to the area. I have chronic back pain (only at night) and it has been diagnosed from everyting to Fibromyalgia to a disc issue to severe nerve problems. I have had every etst and xray, mri etc known to man. I was with a pain management dr in Missouri and moved to Illinois and have yet to find a PM dr that will take me that doesnt think I am after drugs. In Mizzou I was taking Norco and after tolerance was moved to Oxycodone. Previous dr wanted to put me on Opana (?) but I asked to wait until I found a new dr upon relocation. If anyone knows a Dr in the area that will assist me with treatment and meds that understands I cant tolerate 5 more years of tests I would appreciate it. And if you think I am just after pain meds please dont waste either of out time. Should note that my previous Dr has had no luck getting me a referral closer than Chicago.
I'm not sure how much help this will be but I used to work with a wonderful orthopedic doctor in orland park, IL by the name of Blair Rhode. I was in awe of his bedside manner. private message me & i will send you all the info you need to get in touch with him. orland park is about an hour south of chicago off I57. that might end up being a little closer for you. good luck in your search!!
Have you looked into the Quad Cities? Shorter distance than to Chicago and fairly large... do you see i chiropractor? Mine saved my life with Drs not taking me seriously. Twice they not listening or down grading my pain because I'm so young and small and young looking... As he said, Drs don't always understand because they learn a little about a lot or different things. He knows just the back and all about it. I had same problem and he diagnosed me with compression. Said my muscles just squeezing my spine, a lot more with lack of movement. Nothing showed in lower(got nerve tests etc minus mri of lower)til my spine started curving from being the muscles.
I'm in Champaign and because of the insurance I have, I've been going to Carle doctors. For the most part, I've been through myriad tests, etc. There's a wonderful Dr. at the Spine Institute (Carle again) in Urbana, IL. His name is Dr. Ahmad. While he tried to help me with a joint injection (after 2 spinal injections), it didn't do the trick. He suggested I try another pain management dr. in Danville, IL. This is still about 100 miles from Peoria. I guess where you can go depends on insurance. I can send you the info if you want. I know it sucks to be in a new area w/o doctors. I've been down here 3 years, but pretty much stuck with whoever takes my insurance (and there aren't too many).
Nothing in Bloomington? I thought that was a pretty big city. Best area I know about is Madison. A long drive but this is heart of research, clinics and the UW medical school. The more complex the better. Good pain clinics here as well. I will see if my rheumatologist has any references nearer to you.
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