Re: Does anyone know a good Dr. to see for Pain in the dc metro area?
TooYoung- I too am sorry to hear what you're going though. It really wreaks havoc on your life when you have constant, uncontrolled pain. I had to do it for years before I was able to find a truly qualified PM doctor. I am so thankful to have him. He's very strict, but I'm fine with that because I feel safe in the fact that he won't be closed down by the FDA/DEA. Signed contracts, no early refills for any reason whatsoever, unannounce urine screenings, pill counts, etc. He follows these methods to the letter.
Anyway, this is about you, and although it's not fair, some doctors do tend to shy away from younger people who have constant pain. I do not agree with this because pain is pain, and no one should be penalized and be forced to suffer simply because they are young.
Having said that, the doctor who is treating you now, is he your primary care doctor? If so, maybe you can ask him to refer you to a licensed/qualified PM doctor in your area? Most doctors are "in-the-know" when it comes to other specialists in the area. They need to be in the know so they can refer patients when they need to be seen by someone with more than just a general practitioner's license.
Maybe you should make an appointment with your current doctor and let him know that while you truly appreciate his willingness to try and help you, your quality of life is such that it's affecting your ability to function at a somewhat normal level as a mother and that you need to be able to do certain things because you have young girls who need you. Ask if he would be willing to refer you to a PM doctor. If you do get that referral, make sure you have all of your medical records, test results, MRI findings, etc. when you go to your first appointment. That will save some time with you having to sign release forms for the PM to have to fax to your other doctors who have these records. You may have to pay a small fee to get the records you need, but it's well worth it.
I wish you the very best in finding someone who can address the root issue of your pain & work out a treatment plan that will allow you to lead a productive life!