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Old 10-06-2010, 07:53 AM   #1
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PM doctor?

My husband is in search of a new doctor/PM doctor/office. He has been dealing with pain for about 5 years. Last year he had neck surgery and it did help for a little while and he was able to stop taking narcotics for a bit. They drilled away bone so the nerves wouldnt be compressed (IDK the exact name of it) on 3 disc (C5 C6 C7 I believe). He just had a new MRI because the Dr was talking about fusing him now as the disc have shifted. In the MRI report it basically said that every single disc in his neck and a few in his thorasic area had one problem or another. When he went back the dr seemed to forget they were talking surgery last time and wants to try more stuff first. That's fine but the prob is he's already had all of the injections, emgs, accupuncture, you name it he's done it and this office is our of our insurance network so we end up paying all of it and the insurance only reimburses us sometimes so its costing a fortune. Every month the visit is $300. He is in more pain now than he ever was before and he can longer work much less live his life. He is currently taking 40 mg oxycontin 3x's a day and atleast 6 percocet 10/325 a day and it's not working anymore. He doesnt wanna go back to this dr because he feels like all they are doing is taking our money and not giving him any relief and more uncertainty. Anyway we live in Northern Va (close to the WV panhandle). I'm not sure if I can ask this or not but if I can and you can suggest a good doctor, I would really appreciate it. He doesnt mind driving to the city for a neuro/ortho/surgeon but would rather see a PM doctor thats a bit closer if thats even possible. The doctor he was seeing is in Fairfax with the PM doctor being in the same office. The problem with the PM doctor is they are so busy and it takes 3 months to get an appointment to change meds even if your already established (they were post dating 2 months of scripts at a time). Thanks Sam

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Old 10-06-2010, 10:39 AM   #2
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Re: PM doctor?

Sam, I go to a doctor in Reston. Dr. Thomas Nguyen. He is a great PM. I have been with him for 4 years. I get two months of scripts post dated, but that is because I am a stable patient. Before I was stable I was seeing him every month. It was a mutual decision when I started seeing him every two or three months. He asked me first if I was comfortable with that.

I am certainly hoping that he isn't the doctor your hubby was seeing. Dr. N. is so compassionate-he has balanced my med so I can live a half way normal life.

good luck. I hope your hubby finds someone so he can have relief.

 
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Hi Sam - I noticed that you are living in the WV panhandle. I don't know if you would consider coming to Frederick, MD for your husband's pain management, but there is a very good doctor in this area. If you are interested, I'd be happy to give you his name. Let me know. BrittleBones

 
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Re: PM doctor?

I'm in No Va as well. Which office is he going to? Windering if it's the same as mine...................

 
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Re: PM doctor?

He was going to VA Spine. He started seeing Dr. K and LOVED him. It's not that he minds the other docs its just that since Dr K left it is such a hassel to get an appointment with the others. He had an appoinment with the new Dr there but had to cancel it and they cant get him in for 6 weeks now. They will let him pick up a script but he really needs (and has needed) to change it for quite some time. It's not working that great anymore and since he had to cancel his last appointment it has now been about 4 months since he's seen the PM dr.

I dont think he would be against going to Frederick MD. It's prob about the same distance as he's already going.

Thanks, Sam

 
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I am also looking for a pm doctor if anyone has any they could recommend? I live on the southeast coast in NC (45min to Myrtle Beach, SC), and the pm drs. want to send you straight to pain management. My problem is most pain clinics don't treat chronic pain due to scar tissue and adhesion's. I've had 15 surgeries in the last 18 yrs. I've had 5 bowel resections just from the adhesion's! I have called everyone in the 5 surrounding counties just looking for a pain management primary care doc and they all say the same thing. They don't handle chronic pain. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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I am also looking for a pm doctor if anyone has any they could recommend? I live on the southeast coast in NC (45min to Myrtle Beach, SC), and the pm drs. want to send you straight to pain management. My problem is most pain clinics don't treat chronic pain due to scar tissue and adhesion's. I've had 15 surgeries in the last 18 yrs. I've had 5 bowel resections just from the adhesion's! I have called everyone in the 5 surrounding counties just looking for a pain management primary care doc and they all say the same thing. They don't handle chronic pain. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Shelly,
Somehow, somewhere you've gotten some misinformation. There are pain specialists, and there are primary care doctors. They're two different types of doctors.
You say that you've called pm doctors and they want to send you straight to pain management. That's what pain management doctors do, they control pain. Pain management involves a variety of methods used for pain management including, but not limited to, relaxation, injections, message, TENS units, accupuncture, and accupressure, heat, ice, physical therapy, and the list goes on.
Please let me know if I've misinterpreted what you said, and then let us know how we can help.
Peggy

 
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