Re: Drug Database: going national??
It depends on your PM doctor. If you are having surgery, you must notify your PM doctor and s/he can either:
--agree to prescribe sufficient post-surgical medications
--consult with the surgeon, telling him/her what to prescribe after surgery
Either way, both doctors need to know about everything. Your surgeon must know that you are in pain management, and your PM doctor and primary doctor must know that you are having surgery.
Also, it's a good idea to document all of the communication that you have with all of the doctors.
Also, you mentioned having multiple problems. Regardless of your health problems, your PM doctor should really be the only one prescribing narcotics and all specialists should know that you're in pain management.
Finally, some PM doctors actually tell the patient's primary doctor what medications they recommend, which means that some people have their primary doctor prescribing pain medications.
It gets confusing!