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How to find a new Doctor
How to find a new Doctor
I have been on pain managment for 10 years. My origanal pain doctor has retired. My primary has no problem filling the script that my pain doc has set for me but will not deviate from it at all. What is the best way to find a new pain doctor. Is there a site i can go to where they rate doctors in my area? Not asking for a doc just how to go about finding one.
Last edited by revtons; 02-09-2010 at 07:54 PM.
In my opinion, there are three ways to find a new doctor. The most obvious, at least to me, is to ask your primary care provider to recommend one for you. The second, is to ask around for a recommendation. I'll bet someone you know or someone they know will know of a pain management specialist that they can recommend to you. Finally, if all else fails, you can either find a list of physicians specializing in pain management on-line. Just google "yellow pages". Once you get to that site, look at the top of that page where there's a box that says, "category", type "pain management" and your zip code. An entire list should come up with addresses, phone numbers and distance from where you live. OR, if that doesn't work, call the Board of Registration in Medicine and ask them to send you a list. You can find the contact info for the Board on-line as well. Every state has their own Board so when searching on line, be sure you include your state. For instance, "New York State Board of Registration in Medicine", etc. You may even be able to contact them from their web site. I'm not sure.
Good luck. Hope this helps.
My primary doc dosent really know who to send me to. If he had it his way he would take me off my meds bec ause he dose not like narcotics. So im trying to find a doc on my own. I really dont know anyone who is on pain managment like I am. So no help there. I guess I will take a stab in the dark and just pick a name. Last thing I want is to go to a doc how is into other forms of managment and wont help me. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
Originally Posted by revtons
I'm a bit confused - if you've been on pain management for 10 years and your primary doctor is willing to continue on that pain medication, why the need to be able to deviate from it? It sounds to me like your primary can do the job. No?
I have to say, once you've been on pain meds, it can be difficult to find a new Dr, even with a referral. I'm having an issue now, and I haven't even done opiates for almost 2 years. I actually told one Dr to take a hair sample. But when they see my file and all the stuff I was on...well, it doesn't take long for them to send me on my way. I can only imagine how hard it would be if you were currently taking those types of meds. Perhaps an effort to stop Dr shoppers, who knows. All I know is the last internist I went to made me FILL OUT AN APPLICATION! Even though my PCP sent me there with a referral. It took them 3 months to approve me.
I think a lot of it has to do with what part of the country you're in. I was informed today that this place where I am now living has one of the highest number of street sales for vic & oxy in the country.
All that being said, I have to agree with Artist, why does the dosage need to deviate? I am assuming it needs to be increased as I can't imagine your PCP having an issue with you decreasing it. Or perhaps you're looking to move to a different type of medication?
FYI...MOST pain clinics will NOT take you without a referral. So, probably the easiest way to find a pain clinic in your area would be to ask your PCP to refer you to one. If you don't like it, you can always ask for another. But be careful not to be flagged as a Dr shopper.
Love & light~ Solo
Last edited by Solonne; 02-22-2010 at 06:26 PM.
hi guys I need help, i have a friend who has had spinal fusioun twice and has gotten no pian relief, his insurance lapsed and can no l0onger afford his medicine his last appointment was two weeks ago and can no longer go to that dr because he cant afford it, yesterday he went to a clinic in Fl that specializes in people without insurance, and got the treatment he needs, however, i am worried about the fact that he went to a 2 drs in a 2 week period, i have heard this is illegal, he plans on staying with the dr he went to yesterday, but i told him he needs to check in an make sure that he waited long enough, i have heard of dr shopping, and im worried he may get in trouble, he lives in ga, and his new dr is in FL, ALSO something i dont understand , i guess because its cheaper, anyway could someone tell me if he should be worried, or what to do about it. LIke i said he does plan on staying with his new dr, just wanna make sure he is ok . he is my best friend and really the only one i have so i dont want anything to happen to him.
thanks guys ,