I have moved to Pierce County and my Dr. refuses to see me because of the distance.I have tried and tried to find a Dr. that will prescribe pain med.'s but I cannot find one. I am diabetic and suffer from severe nueropathy in my feet and also my hands.I am on oxy's and pain patches right now.They are the only things that will help the pain.I am also afraid of withdrawls if I don't find one soon.
Anyone have any referrals in Pierce County.I would even go a little further.Please..if you know of any. I do have good insurance.Thanks
What type of doctor has treated you in the post? I can give you the names of a couple doctors who specialize in pain management in the Tacoma area, but I'm not sure if that's what you need or someone to manage the diabetes. I assume the neuropathy is a result of the diabetes....
Also I would imagine that if you call up a new pain management clinic and tell them you're looking for a doctor to prescribe pain meds, you may not get too far. If you explain you have moved and were been treated at the old location for peripheral neuropathy, etc. I think you may get an appointment for an evaluation. The new doctor may want to evaluate you and come up with his own plan of treatment. In any case, these are the names I have for you in no particular order:
Dr. David Velling, at the Pain Center of Western Washington
There's another guy that I've heard good things about but he recently moved to Kennewick WA. I don't know if that is too far for you...but, anyway, the name is Dr. John B. Groner.
And one more name is Ryan J Anderson, MD who is in Lakewood. (again, maybe that's too far??)
My last dr was a nurse practitioner and I moved about 3 hours away.even though she was just a general dr., she also did my pain management for my neuropathy.The dr.'s I have found have only been a couple and its hard to get them to give you an appointment.I am not sure why.I found a medical dr. but he will not prescribe pain med.'s.
Most pain management specialist I have found just do injections or are surgeons.Thats why I was asking if anyone else had found a good pain specialist in my area.I am going to try the couple of names given but hoping someone might have some more suggestions.
Unless they do things differently in the state of Washington, interventional pain management doctors prescribe oral medication, if it is deemed the appropriate treatment. They also use a variety of other methods of treatment, depending on what is causing the pain.
Have you asked your current health care provider for a referral? Perhaps she will know someone who will prescribe your medications.
My new primary car doc. has no referrals .I am being told that is is very hard to find a dr in Washington that will do pain management with med.'s.I spent another 9 hours today making phone calls and still no one.I am getting scared and worried by the end of the month comes and I still have no doctor.
If this is a statewide policy, I don't know what to suggest. Are you calling up doctors and telling them you need presciption drugs and are looking for someone to write the script? Is your primary care doctor unwilling to help you? If so, what does he suggest you do for your problems that cause pain?
One of those doctors I mentioned by name mentioned on his website that the practice treats for conditions like CPRS, pain caused by cancer, neuropathies, etc. I would think he could provide some type of pain management for you.
Perhaps you should make an appointment with the doctor who oversees your diabetes and see if he/she can help or recommend someone who can. Rather than looking for opioids, you may need to try a medication like neurontin or Lyrica, which is used for nerve pain, or anti-depressants also sometimes work well for neuropathies.
I am having to go a lot farther out to farther bigger cities but I found a pain clinic in a hospital. I have no clue what they do but I am hoping they will accept my referral. They said it takes about a week or two for them to go over your records and call you back. I just hope I don't run out of time and run out of my pain patches and go into withdrawals.That will be so horrible and not sure how to handle it when or if it comes to that. I just hope they will agree to see me.I am willing to change medications but I just want help and not to have to go through withdrawals.Don't really know how to deal with withdrawals.Still scared but have a small bit of hope it will work out.I just don't see why they have to make it so hard.Only 8% of patients on pain med.'s abuse them.That is what a doctor told me but those 8 % make it impossible for the other 90%! I just wish doctors could realize living with pain needs medical attention too!