Re: i need to find a doctor in maryland to prescribe narcotics for chronic pain
Hi Bobby and welcome to the Healthoards. I think you may become frustrated trying to find a doctor using the criteria you have set down. First I'd like to echo what Jon has said: Going in to meet a doctor for the first time and asking him straight away if he's willing to prescribe narcotics for your pain will most likely be a bad strategy. If you read through some of the posts on the board you'll see that the best doctors are the ones who offer a diverse menu of pain relieving strategies including physical therapy, non-narcotic prescription medication (such as anti-inflammatories and nerve medications like Lyrica or Nurontin) and epidural injections or trigger point injections. It's very important that the doc knows what you've been taking and if it is still working for you, but you also need to be open to changing meds. The other thing that worries me abit is your statement about not having the time nor the finances to see more than one doc. Because doctors don't advertise or publicly print their "menu" of services, you will need to pick a doctor that's been recommended by friends, relatives or other health care professionals. That costs money, I agree. But if you get there and the doc doesn't happen to prescribe opioids immediately, you will need to return or go find another doc. So, I think that the best attitude you can have is to go in with an open mind and a willingness to try whatever the doc might recommend. I have a very good doctor in Frederick, MD, but I don't know if this is close or too far for you. Perhaps you can elaborate and also tell us more about your pain, its location, why it started, and any treatment you've already had. Wishing you the best - Memere
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