I can relate to simplysweet's story
Without going into long detail, my firsts opioid Rxing Dr. my PCP, died after treating me for 6 years, naproxen for base pain, Vicodin for BT. I was surprised at how limited the written record copies available were. Just general references to spine problems and X-rays (no copies), and the opioid Rx note. My next PCP picked up after 3 appointments and X-ray copies from my Chiro. Greater opioid use gradually followed. 5 years later he moves, available written records no better than prior PCP. Then the long process of X-rays, MRIs, formal PT, EISs, useless drugs, surgical evaluations, myelograms began. Thousands and thousands of out of pocket $'s. No more NSAIDs allowed because of blood pressure and cardiac issues. New PCP would occasionally help with small opioid Rx's. 18 months later before finally established with a PM practice that included opioids in treatment program (1.5 hr drive each way). Good luck Simplysweey.
Severe DDD, Severe neural foraminal stenosis at 2 levels, moderate canal stenosis at 2 levels, significantly impaired left shoulder & arm function. Chronic moderate compression fracture at C6.