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    Old 04-23-2007, 06:40 AM   #1
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    Hi all! Well, I was being treated for pain for the last 2 yrs by my current doc. and nurse pract. But they are both leaving,[doc. already left] I take pretty strong opiates,and Hearing all these horror stories,I'm wondering if I'm next? I asked one of the nurses on the phone,what do I do when I need my med. next month,she simply said,we'll just put them under the new doc. name.I know it doesn't work like that!!!!

     
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    Old 04-23-2007, 07:23 AM   #2
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    Re: doctor is leaving,now what ?

    Ask that they write you enough to get through a month or six weeks. They are obligated to do this for you so that you have enough time to find a new pain doctor. Also ask for a referral. They should not leave you high and dry. It is not too much to ask for, a script and a referral. This is necessary so that there are no breaks in your care, which is dangerous and painful for you. Also, do some research on your own, so that you know what doctors are available in your area. Always have a back up plan, and appointment if you can get one. I wish you the best!

     
    Old 04-23-2007, 07:29 AM   #3
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    They said I could continue under the new doc. care,but we all now how that goes.

     
    Old 04-23-2007, 07:47 AM   #4
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    made an app. with my doc. thats leaving for may 2cd. to voice my concerns.I think most people here have been through this!

     
    Old 04-23-2007, 08:14 AM   #5
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    Wow, it looks as if im not the only one. I went to go my dr on thursday and he told me the same thing, that he is leaving his office. I was so glad i had went in a few days early for my meds, i kept thinking in my head, what if i didnt, was he gonna tell me he was leaving or leave me cold turkey???? I asked for his advice and he said he will come 2 town once a month at a different clinic and i could follow him, but he would rather me stay at this current office with another dr because i have lots of refferals to my specialists pending and if i changed now it would screw everything up. So he recommended this woman dr who is new at my current office. I made an appt with her for today so i can see if she will take me on as a new patient. He did rx my pain meds for the month so if she doesnt want me it gives me a month to find someone or follow my current dr. He told me not to worry that a nurse there can always get ahold of him, but im still scared. I was with him for so long and know his routine. Does anyone have anyadvice for us who need to look for new drs? Like what questions we should ask?? Thanks!

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    Old 04-23-2007, 08:42 AM   #6
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    Yeh,I'm scared too! I've been through this before,and it wasn't good!

     
    Old 04-23-2007, 10:04 AM   #7
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    Lets both keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. Hopefully someone will have some great suggestions for us. Im so nervous for my appt this afternoon. I keep going around and around in my head what im going to say. My dr said he was gonna give her my file and put in a good word for me. I hope he is right.

     
    Old 04-23-2007, 05:49 PM   #8
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    Re: doctor is leaving,now what ?

    HEY GUYS~
    im so scared the same will happen to me as well. My doc is already retired and only works 3 days a week. and there is NO one else but him to RX my meds or take my case over. I just pray that IF and WHEN the times comes, Ill be able to find someone else so wonderful...I do really like him.
    Heres hoping and praying for you all!~
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    Old 04-23-2007, 05:58 PM   #9
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    Dear IZZY'SMOM,

    I remember discussing your situation not too long ago. Can the doctor you have right now get you set up with someone by the time he does stop practicing?? You offer us a great deal on this board, and I really don't want anything bad to happen to you that would place you in a real BIND!

    Promise me that you'll start on this?? Please!

    Sincerely,
    Jon (Conductor)

    MadHatter and Nu2patch,

    Really...I don't do well waiting to see how things turn out! So, please let us know your progress as soon as you can!

    Sincerely,
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    Old 04-23-2007, 06:04 PM   #10
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    HI everyone,
    I just got back from my appt. NOt good. The new dr doesnt want me and says that the other drs there dont either. I need to find my own pm dr to rx the meds. arhhhh. I made another appt with my current dr the rx's me for tomorrow on his last day. What do i do? Should i see if he knows anyone??Im so upset. She treated me so horrible cuz of my meds. Ive NEVER in my life been treated like this. Please if anyone can give me some more advice or a shoulder it would really help. Im so hurt.

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    Old 04-23-2007, 08:10 PM   #11
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    Hi Mad and all,
    Jeeze I think 1/2 the board members are going through this right now! Same thing happened to me, as most of you know from my other posts.
    When my doctor left her group practice to open her own, she took about 8 months off inbetween, she said someone in the group would cover my scripts, but I didnt believe her and got her to write me 6 months of refills, which she could do because the strongest med I was on then was the Lortab 7.5 (hydrocodone). Thank God I had her do that, because her practice dumped me and was pretty rude about it. I had to scrape by the last 2 months with ER visits, I was lucky and got a months supply from one ER doc, but the last 30 days was rough.
    Now she has closed her private practice, recommended no one (she said she didnt know anyone) and she has disappeared on me! I was lucky enough to find a new doctor that was nice and offered to keep me on my meds or put me on methadone if I wanted, but its his clinics rule not to prescribe for a chronic pain patient without their records.
    Well guess what? my old doctors office is closed, and the number is disconnected! The hell??!!? Why didnt she have that number forwarded to her cell or something? How are all her patients that she basically abandonded supposed to get our records?
    I have no working phone number for her. I found a guy with her same last name in her town listed and called thinking it might be her son, but that number is disconnected also.
    For all I know, my records are in a dumpster or a u-storage and shes scuba diving in Mexico. I see my new doctor again tomorrow and will have to pay for the visit for the 3rd time with no help. I am praying that he will prescribe to me without my records, as I know he has tried to get them and so have I.
    My next step is to write a letter requesting they be sent to the new clinic, and mail it to her old practice address and hope she has left a forward on her mail at least. Even her clinics website is gone!
    I plan on telling the new doc all this and offering him my pharmacy records, also the records of all my x-rays and MRIs and hospital stays should be accessable.
    My advice to you guys? Dont trust anything to chance, ask to meet the new doctor youre being handed off too before your current docs leave, that way if there is any problem, you can make other plans before you are left in the lurch.
    My doctor was so kind to me for so many years, but I am really angry at the way she has handled this, left me with 2 weeks notice, no doctor, no insurance, and now that I have beaten the odds and found someone new, shes gone off with my file! Grrrr!
    Keep posting, I will let you all know how my doctor visit goes tomorrow, please let me know how you are all doing too.
    Hugs, Fabby

     
    Old 04-23-2007, 08:19 PM   #12
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    Dear Nu2patch,

    Good Grief! The ultimate answer is money, most likely...But, why do doctors purchase or assume practices of other doctors, yet often seem to have opposing philosophies concerning Rxing practices??!!

    Yes, if I were you, I would prevail on your doctor--on his last day--and try to get everything possible from him!! Get him to write your Rx's for as long as he can because it often takes more than a month to find an opening with a new doctor. Surely, he must have a physician "buddy" in the area who could take you as a patient. (DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK IT!) Also, maybe he could get a referral to someone he could PERSONALLY CONSULT WITH ABOUT YOU. That way, the new physician would SPEAK with your doctor--not just get a bunch of chart papers to read!

    Finally, I would explain that the doctor you saw did NOT want to see you, AND I WOULD TELL HIM THAT THIS DOCTOR TOLD YOU OUTRIGHT THAT THEY DIDN'T WANT YOU AS A PATIENT. Something about that statement doesn't sound right to me. It sounds like they are washing their hands of a patient that might force them to work a little harder than they want. I think this aspect is what bothers me the most.

    Now, you hang in there, my friend. Let's go ahead and believe that your doctor will do everything he can to help you. And, by all mean, keep us posted!

    Sincerely,
    Jon (Conductor)

     
    Old 04-23-2007, 08:32 PM   #13
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    Another thing....try and get copies of your records before the last visit. Not that this will be easy but I would try to get everything possible. Just in case.
    Mybe this would save you from Fabby's scenario where the doctor has dropped off the face of the earth and the new doc won't prescribe without records.

    I think this is our everyday nightmare...either we're going to go to the doc and they will tell us that they aren't going to prescribe for us anymore because of hyperalgesia(or some such rot!!!) or they are quitting and we have to find a new doc. Haven't we all lost sleep over this?

    Please take care...I'm thinking positive thoughts for all!~Mush
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    Old 04-24-2007, 04:48 AM   #14
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    When i went thru this before,it because my doc. retired,and refered me someweres.Now I'm seeing nurse pr. Here head doc. just left[relocated] now she's leaving[better job with the state] I'm wondering,she is still there ,and theres a new doc. I'm still getting my med. but when she leaves ,i don't know.
    I made an app. with here for May 2 ,should i ask her to leave a note in my chart,plus talk with the head doc.? She did say I was a good patient,never asked for early refills,heck,she said I was the only one who ever asked to be lowered on my med.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!1

     
    Old 04-24-2007, 11:52 PM   #15
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    Hey MH, I just saw you post today, I've been working alot and just had 7 teeth pulled for my new lower denture. Pretty crazy, 41 and dentures. Anyway, I do have some ideas, The first is can the NP write a 3 month supply, My wife's insurance compay covers these with the mail order program and my isurance will do a 3 month supply at the pharamcy, this would buy some time and give you a chance to figure out which way the new doc is going to go.

    The NP can certainly put a note distinguishing you from the patients that haven't been as compliant and haven't tried as many different modalities.

    I really have to lay down but I have some other ideas and things you can do to arrange a back up plan/doc, should the new doc not see opiates the same way your old doc did. Just to remind me, are you in Canada or the US.

    I'll get back with ya, It's a shame we aren't allowed to recognise that we have known each other for years and seen things change in PM and this forum. I certainly don't want to see you end up hospitalized and labeled again, simply because some doc has a different opinion than your old doc. There are options. Better to be prepaired for the worst and have a back up plan than wish for the best. I'll be glad to help with a back up if you can refresh my memory as to where you live.

    Hang in there, Dave

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