I am currently receiving meds from a Pain mangement DR for chronic back pain (coming up on 4 years). Friday the 13th i was in a horrible car accident and went to the hospital. of course, my luck, the er was overcrowded so i was sent to the "express care'' part of the hospital. the bones in my foot were crushed. i needed four stitches, and have a t-ll fracture on top of my chronic lower back ( i didn't get IV, fluids, or blood draw- nada). The only thing i received for pain was "toradol" (NSAID), and of course he couldnt write any more pain meds because I am a pain management patient. I was told to continue my normal meds (which i have been on the same kind and strength for over two years). Unhappy with this and the fact that my current doctor wouldn't or couldnt bring me in two days early, coupled with the fact that his "office" didnt even have a wheelchair (when I finally got in to see him), and doesn't take auto insurance; I was curious: If I go to see a new doctor who is equipped to handle auto insurance, car accident therapy, and pain meds, how long can I see this other doctor since it would technically be for different condition(s)? If I am happy with him and his regiment, what is the next step if i decide to fill his prescriptions? i am in FL so I would appreciate someone that knows about the system here, but any info would be greatly appreciated. Can I fill the meds to see if they even work on me before I decide to leave the pain center I am currently at? Here, it is so difficult to get into drs these days- the going rate to see a pm dr is $350.00; and with the new "linked" up systems, I am worried about everything. This new law is ridiculous and dangerous for honest people like me. I will be writing a letter to Rick Scott. I urge you all to do the same.
I'm so sorry for your current state and for the lousy experience and care you received - and apparently are still receiving. I wish I had some answers for you but hopefully others in the group will be able to help you and answer some of your questions. As for myself, I will do what I know how to do and that's pray for you.
Bless you, Cheryl
I am not a Floridian, but I can tell you this much, if you recieve any pain meds from a new doc, your old pain management doc can give you the boot, and probably will, as they can be ever so heartless.
I don't think I answered your question, but thought I would give you a heads up on that part, but you probably already knew that.
I've a friend that is a member here and this person is from Florida, I will contact her and ask her to look for your question.
Best wishes and I hope you seriously feel better, seriously?
Seriously,I am so sorry about your pain.as you know Florida has very strict laws about pain management and presription meds.if you double book dr.s be prepared to lose one if not both of them.if you don't like your present dr.fire him and then start over with a new dr.I know this is difficult for you and I have contacted Scott on many occasions... good luck to you,personally I would get a new dr.
I don't know Florida law, but if you signed a contract which is required by the new FDA restrictions, & you seek any other or get any other pain meds meds from any other doctor, it automatically breaks your contract with your pain management doctor. So the choice is yours. Are you sure the new doctor is a pain management doctor that would continue your pain problems in the future? If so, & you are unhappy with your current doctor then by all means change doctors. If it were me & all I have heard about Floridas restrictions, I wouldn't chance it myself. Just my thoughts, & I wish you the best...
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