Re: Hope someone can give me some advice
Hi, welcome to the Boards. Don't panic yet. Some pain docs when they take on a new patient do not automatically assume scripting the meds that the patients old doc had them on. The new Dr. will do a very complete exam, look at your records, talk to you about whats worked and whats not worked and decide what to prescribe for you at that point.
I don't think the receptionist meant he didn't do pain meds, he just doesn't automatically give you what your old doc said.
Not all pain docs agree on treatment. Before you wean yourself down and take yourself off the meds, go to the appointment and find out what he thinks you should do. It can't hurt anything, right? If he agrees that you'll need surgery soon as the next step, you'll have to wean down on the meds anyway, otherwise post op pain control will be a nightmare.
You've actually done really well, your not on a very high dose of narcotics and your using other meds in conjunction with them. You probably would have done better with a Long Acting med sometime ago, instead of just increasing the Lortab, your new Dr. may want to try something like that before surgery. Give him the benefit of the doubt, go to the appt. and see what he says.