Hi everyone agaim, I have one more question about my current pain situation... where I moved (a very rural area) there is'nt a PM doctor my choices are an orthapedic surgeon or family practice type doctors. I do not want another spinal fusion I just want my pain issues taken care of and perhaps physical therapy. Thanks Again -K
I would recommend that you request your last pain management doctor to send a copy of your medical records to you directly. When you make an appointment with a family practice physician, take your records with you so your new doctor can be familiarized with your case and also call your previous doctor if he/she has any questions.
Also, always keep a copy of your medical records. Never give a new doctor your only copy. This is because you may need to see a few doctors before you find one that you are comfortable with and who will prescribe the opiate(s) you need. All M.D.s or D.O.'s can prescribe them, but some family practice doctors may not feel comfortable with their own knowledge of dispensing opiates at the doses that you (or I) require.
So family practice is the way to go. An orthopedic surgeon wouldn't suit your needs.
I don't know how rural your area is, but if there is a city within driving distance and you are able to go once a month, you may want to try and find a pain management doctor there and visit every 30 days.
Hope this helped. Wishing you the best in getting the treatment you need.
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