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Old 08-17-2006, 11:33 AM   #1
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Looking for Pain Clinic/PM in Northern Virginia

I am looking to switch from my PM who is a PM specialist and anesthesiologist that works as a PM two days a week out of an Orthopedics office. I am not happy with this PM and need to find another one and am thinking I need something more multi-disciplinary and would prefer to have one doctor giving me all my pain meds (right now my PM gives me opiates and my GP gives me my anti-seizures and this causes me great difficulty - it seems to me that one doc should be handling all the pain meds).

Anyway, I looked at the board posting rules and did not see that specific clinics or doctors can not be listed in posts. So I am posting the question to the members requesting information for good clinics or PMs who are not afraid to aggressively treat pain. I have no problems with signing and abiding by any contracts and understand that I can't acutally start with a new PM until I have fired the old, so I would need to start with a consult.

I have looked through the list of the PM specialists through my Heath Insurance and they all look like individuals so I can't tell if they are associated with a multi-disciplinary clinic or have anyway to know if they are going to be worthwhile exploring and I would rather go to someone with a good reputation rather then spend lots of time getting consults until I can find someone willing to help me.

Thanks to anyone who thinks they can provide me with information to help. (Anywhere in Northern Viriginia to Richmond is acceptable, although Wash. D.C and MD are out, due to where I actually live.)

 
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Old 08-18-2006, 07:31 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for Pain Clinic/PM in Northern Virginia

Is there no one in Northern Va on this board has a good PM or clinic they can tell me about? Please HELP - I do not no where to turn to or go to and my brain is now thinking (illogically of course) about an amputation as an effective measure to make the pain stop. I have posted a couple times over the last few months about how to go about switching PMs and got no responses and I won't bother you all anymore after this if there is no one who can help. This is my last try - PLEASE I NEED HELP.

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Old 08-18-2006, 11:28 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for Pain Clinic/PM in Northern Virginia

I'm sorry you are not getting any responses. I can't help you since we live in California, but I know how frustrating it is trying to find a doctor. We had a good one, but Worker's Comp insisted that we change because he was not in their provider network. I called the ones on their list, and asked who knew about and treated RSD. That weeded out several who did not even know what I was talking about! Tough Cookie is also looking for a doctor in Virginia. Her thread is "So tired of being in pain, need help finding a doc". You might try looking at that thread, too.
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Old 08-19-2006, 10:13 AM   #4
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Re: Looking for Pain Clinic/PM in Northern Virginia

Hi DogMom - I wanted to respond, but as soon as I saw that you ruled out D.C. or Maryland, I realized that my suggestions weren't going to help you. If you were willing to drive to MD, I was going to strongly suggest the pain management clinic at Kernan Hospital just outside of Baltimore where I go. I'm suprised that Shoreline Dave didn't come on with a suggestion. He lives down in Virginia towards Richmond way I think. Or maybe it's the Northern Neck of Virginia on the water. Isn't there a medical school in Richmond that would have a pain management clinic attached to it? I'm going to try and do some research for you. In the meantime, I hope someone who lives closer to you will respond. I know folks aren't ignoring you on purpose! They probably just don't have any answers for you. You know that we all support each other here!! I'll check back if I can find something for you, don't give up hope yet. All the best - KathyMac

 
Old 08-20-2006, 01:58 PM   #5
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Re: Looking for Pain Clinic/PM in Northern Virginia

Thanks for the responses so far. I go to therapy (for non-pain issues) and mentioned to my therpaist that I wanted to find a doctor who would do an amputation above the hip so at least I could get the pain in my hip, groin and and thigh to stop and then the worse case of that then then I would be left with amputee pain and at least would be taken seriously. (I used to wish I had a cancerous tumor that way I would either go into remission or die, either way the pain stops).

My therpaist then suggested I try to get into the clinic at University at Virginia which is in Charlottesville, which is only an hour an a half from here but is much more convientent than DC or Maryland (the problem with DC and maryland is the traffic and driving really makes my pain so much worse, especially sitting pushing my foot on the brake pedal). It is a 2.5 hour minimum drive for me to get to Georgetown and Baltimore is probably about a 4 hour drive without traffic.

So now I am trying to figure out where this U Va place is (phone number) and how do I get in, much less if my insurance will deal with them. I could just go to another PM listed in my health insurance but I fear they will do nothing more for me than my current PM, which is to keep my meds the same (or make them worse) and offer no hope for the future.

Did I mention that now the topamax has me completely confused and is about the only thing that offers any pain relief at all, but if I up the topamax too much I get so confused I get lost going to the store or work and can't tell my right foot from my left? So I tried to up the topamax for the days I can be really stupid (when I telecommute and don't have to go anywhere) and down it for when I need to be under some kind of control - problem is that it builds up in the system so it is really not a very effective method, mostly I am finding I need to be on the same old lower amount which helps some, but not enough. This is just no way to live. Sorry I am complaining so. I am at my end with this thing. I know I am acting like a baby but I already tried the adult method for over 2 years, did everything I was told, did all the tests, did all the therapies, and am in worse pain then when I started.

Why won't the doctors listen to me? How many times and ways do I have to say that it hurts and how it hurts? I can't help it if they can not find what is causing my pain. I am still having the pain.

I am now wondering how many people there are out there who abuse the PM systems not because they are drug seeking addicts but because they couldn't get their pain addressed through traditional Pain Management? Anyone know if there has been a study on that - in other words how many of those supposed drug seekers that make life so difficult for us PMer's are actually under-treated chronic pain suffers? I ask because I see a shift coming for me shortly if I can't find resolution.

 
Old 08-20-2006, 04:11 PM   #6
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Re: Looking for Pain Clinic/PM in Northern Virginia

Try "Capitol Pain and Spine center". There are several offices throughout Virginia.

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Old 08-20-2006, 04:55 PM   #7
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Thank You Monty - There is a clinic in Herndon which is near my work and they take my insurance! I will be calling them tomorrow morning. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 
Old 08-21-2006, 09:42 AM   #8
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Re: Looking for Pain Clinic/PM in Northern Virginia

There is a good PM at St Mary's in Richmond. I went through a horrible time because like you I cannot stand a long drive. I live in Southern VA. It has been a couple years since I actually went to him, but he actually wrote the plan that my GP follows. I'm not feeling so well right now, but I will try to follow up with more info later. PM in Virginia is getting harder to obtain if you aren't already attached to a group because of all the stupid laws they are passing.

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Old 08-22-2006, 08:32 PM   #9
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Re: Looking for Pain Clinic/PM in Northern Virginia

Thanks to those who offered help. I thought I would post on what I am doing for the moment. The Spine Center I am holding off on for now, as they seem not too much more than what I go to now. I am trying to get into the University of Virginia Pain Management Clinic. Apparently they are a teaching hospital (so you do have to put up with some stuff) but the have a very multi-disciplinary approach. I have heard from 3 different people now say good things about them (I know so-and-so, he went there and they helped him). I have to get a referal from a doctor (which I have an appointment set up to do that) and then send them all my records (which I am in the process of gathering from all the various places I have been). Then they review what I sent and decide if they will take me or not.

So for the moment I have some new hope. If that falls through I will look at the Spine Center and the place in Richmond. Thanks everyone.

 
Old 08-27-2006, 08:56 AM   #10
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Re: Looking for Pain Clinic/PM in Northern Virginia

After three years my son still can not get into the MCV VCU pain management system, even after numerous attempts by his PC Doctor and his Neurologists.

You would probably have a better chance of receiving quick compassionate care somewhere other than teaching hospitals.

 
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