We are relocating to Oklahoma, at this point no doctor will even consider working with our current pain management program... I use morphine for severe chronic low back pain. We are at this point even considering selling our new home and relocating again!... This suddenly does not feel like America to me anymore. We are so grateful to have found this message board.
Welcome to the pain boards, from a fellow pacific northwesterner. Have you actually been to Oklahoma yet, or are you trying to find someone over the phone or the internet?
I think you might have better luck when you get there. Most doctors won't take you off meds you are stable on, and if they do, they will taper you slowly and put you on something else. But I understand not wanting to take the blind leap without knowing for sure.
What is taking you to Oklahoma, if I can ask? If you have friends or family, or co workers there, you might ask them to recommend someone, or there might be someone here from OK who knows a doctor. what town are you headed for?
Also, will you be looking for some kind of specialist, or just a primary doc? I really wouldnt worry if you havent found someone from here, a long distance phone call or an email asking if a doctor will prescribe narcotics is not usually something that gets a happy response, lol.
Good luck and I hope you can find someone soon and set your mind at ease.
Yet again...I tend to agree with Fabby! Any doctor who can discourage people from seeking narcotics from him/her will do so. Let's face it, practically every doctor gets a daily dose of drug-seeking behavior.
If you can show up to your new Oklahoma doctor and provide a full account of your records, I really think you should be able to locate someone who can help you.
Also, many people who work in a doctor's office are trained to discourage anyone from "seeking" opiate prescriptions. So, the response you received might not have ever been brought to the attention of the doctor.
Unfortunately, America (in general) breeds distrust of people who rely on opiates for any degree of chronic pain relief. Fair or understanding? No. Most of us here understand how perfectly frustrating this is--which is why we tend to be overtly thankful when we find a physician who is willing to work with us!!
Please keep us posted on this important situation! As well, please be aware that we all want the best for you!
very good advice above....mabey a call to a doc from your current doc will help. always good to have a refferal from your current doc along with all of your records to take to a new doctor. I think it would help if your current doctors office calls the new office and explains whats going on and reffering you. Not a sure thing but might help out a little....keep us updated and i hope everything goes well for you.
I know this is terribly frightening for you, and I am really so sorry you are facing a situation like this. And, I totally agree with Fabby, Conductor & Whosit. It's going to be stressful enough on you with relocating to another state, but then having to deal with trying to find a doctor who is willing to follow the protocol that is working for you?? I can't even imagine.
I can only reinforce what the others have said about trying to get some kind of communication between your current doctor and any other prospective doctor. Maybe, if at all possible, your current doctor can personally speak with some of the doctors in Oklahoma and relay to them what treatments have been tried, discontinued, and also the current treatment plan that is working for you?? Maybe it would help some?
I understand that each doctor has their own methods of treating their patients, and I know there are some that will not prescribe any kind of medication remotely similar to an opiate, but there are others who might be willing to follow the plan you currently follow if they are able to speak with your current doctor. I would hope this would be the case for you.
As CP patients, we must be our own best advocate, so please don't stop searching until you are able to find a solution that works. Again, I am so sorry you are facing this. I'm sending positive thoughts your way. Please keep us posted.