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    Old 09-01-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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    Seeking out of state pain management

    Hello,

    I recently relocated to New Orleans from Dallas. I suffer from Fibromyalgia, Cervical Arthritis, Spondylolisthesis, Chronic Severe Migraines, and have a Buffalo Hump between my shoulders. I am in pain on a daily basis ranging from a 3-6 on the universal pain scale. I have seen three neurologists, two pain management physicians, and a pain psychiatrist to try to find a solution and proper medical treatment. All of them have turned me away and won't touch me or treat me. I have been on several types of pain killers throughout the last six years and have yet to abuse one of them. I have however developed mild tolerance to my medications and need to reconcile that. At this current time, going off of my pain medications is not an option as they are the only thing keeping me functional at this point in time. The doctors here in New Orleans and the entire state for that matter will only prescribe narcotic pain medications for "acute problems". I am not a doctor shopper nor fit the legal definition of a "drug seeker". However, I am seeking a doctor that is willing to take me in and manage my pain medications, right now I am only getting pain medicine in very low quantities to prevent "rebound migraines", lower the inflammation of my spinal issues, etc.

    Long story short I have been advised by all physicians who believe and understand I have legitimate pain that requires continuous use of opiate pain killers until we can find a surgical option. I am wondering if anyone can recommend the best doctor to seek for this treatment either in New Orleans or what states have the most liberal laws regarding dispensing of narcotic pain medications. The physicians here in Louisiana are too afraid to prescribe pain medication because of extremely stringent laws here. I am aware several other states have faced such crack downs on dispensing opiates like Florida with their "pill mills".

    What state is the best to go to to get the pain medicine I need LEGALLY WITH A PRESCRIPTION and can anyone recommend Physicians willing to do so. I am willing to sign a pain contract, submit to drug screening, and pill counts. I am not a doctor shopper or looking for multiple scripts for the same medication. I always tell every doctor what prescriptions I have and who prescribed them and where and when. I am one of the many Americans who have been punished because of drug addicts looking for massive amounts of opiates to either get high or sell them. Meanwhile I have been to the ER 19 times since July 1st and it is now September 1st. I am feeling hopeless and extremely depressed. If anyone is out there that can offer assistance please let me know ASAP. My personal life is spiraling out of control, I am getting into severe debt from ER Visits, and my marriage is taking a big hit due to this being the only thing we are dealing with lately.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP!

     
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    Re: Seeking out of state pain management

    Hi A319

    You say your pain is between 3-6. Is this while on meds? What meds are you currently on? Because if your pain rates between 3-6 that is very good and you wont get better than that, pain management is just that, managing pain to a tolerable level-and 3-6 is wonderful.

    You said some doctors "wont touch you", why is that or what reason are they giving you.?

    I don't believe there is such a state or good doctor for that matter who would be considered "liberal with narcotics" if that's what you meant.

    Why don't you contact your insurance provider for help in finding the appropriate doctor? They should be able to help, or contact local hospitals, they usually have a referral service.

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    Old 09-02-2013, 02:12 AM   #3
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    Re: Seeking out of state pain management

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    Hello,

    I recently relocated to New Orleans from Dallas. I suffer from Fibromyalgia, Cervical Arthritis, Spondylolisthesis, Chronic Severe Migraines, and have a Buffalo Hump between my shoulders. I am in pain on a daily basis ranging from a 3-6 on the universal pain scale. I have seen three neurologists, two pain management physicians, and a pain psychiatrist to try to find a solution and proper medical treatment. All of them have turned me away and won't touch me or treat me. I have been on several types of pain killers throughout the last six years and have yet to abuse one of them. I have however developed mild tolerance to my medications and need to reconcile that. At this current time, going off of my pain medications is not an option as they are the only thing keeping me functional at this point in time. The doctors here in New Orleans and the entire state for that matter will only prescribe narcotic pain medications for "acute problems". I am not a doctor shopper nor fit the legal definition of a "drug seeker". However, I am seeking a doctor that is willing to take me in and manage my pain medications, right now I am only getting pain medicine in very low quantities to prevent "rebound migraines", lower the inflammation of my spinal issues, etc.

    Long story short I have been advised by all physicians who believe and understand I have legitimate pain that requires continuous use of opiate pain killers until we can find a surgical option. I am wondering if anyone can recommend the best doctor to seek for this treatment either in New Orleans or what states have the most liberal laws regarding dispensing of narcotic pain medications. The physicians here in Louisiana are too afraid to prescribe pain medication because of extremely stringent laws here. I am aware several other states have faced such crack downs on dispensing opiates like Florida with their "pill mills".

    What state is the best to go to to get the pain medicine I need LEGALLY WITH A PRESCRIPTION and can anyone recommend Physicians willing to do so. I am willing to sign a pain contract, submit to drug screening, and pill counts. I am not a doctor shopper or looking for multiple scripts for the same medication. I always tell every doctor what prescriptions I have and who prescribed them and where and when. I am one of the many Americans who have been punished because of drug addicts looking for massive amounts of opiates to either get high or sell them. Meanwhile I have been to the ER 19 times since July 1st and it is now September 1st. I am feeling hopeless and extremely depressed. If anyone is out there that can offer assistance please let me know ASAP. My personal life is spiraling out of control, I am getting into severe debt from ER Visits, and my marriage is taking a big hit due to this being the only thing we are dealing with lately.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP!
    I don't think going out of the state is going to help. It will look suspicious to a doctor that you came from another state just to get pain medication. I agree that there are not any doctors out there (not ones that will be open very long anyways) that are "liberal" when it comes to prescribing opiate medications. I know mine required records and proof that I needed pain management. I do monthly drug tests and random pill counts when asked.That would be hard to do from another state.
    If you have been to the ER 19 times in less than 2 months, obviously you are desperate for pain relief and trust me, I know the feeling. Has any of the doctors there not offered to send you to someone who can help? Even if they say surgery is the only option, you can go to the doctors they recommend and see if they can offer you any other options. If not go to your insurance company and have them recommend doctors, or a local referral service.
    I wish you luck and hope you can find someone to help you soon!
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    Old 09-02-2013, 03:32 PM   #4
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    Re: Seeking out of state pain management

    Hello Friends,
    Like the other posters, I feel badly for you that you're in such severe pain. If I were in your shoes, the first thing I would do is get an appointment with a good PCP. It sounds like you need someone to coordinate all of your meds and therapies, and get things under control.
    I agree with BB07 that if your pain is a 3-6 you're in good shape. I also wonder if the 3-6 is with our without meds.
    What other treatments did the pain specialists suggest? Did the pain psychiatrist suggest any of the antidepressants that also help with pain, such as Cymbalta? I had great success with Cymbalta when my pain was severe.
    Before you moved, did your pain management doctor suggest any resources for you in New Orleans?
    Think back to what your former doctors had you do to lower your pain levels at home, such as heat, ice, rest, elevation, meditation, exercising, stretching, range of motion exercises etc... whatever worked for your particular pain.
    I agree with ctrue that going out of state to find a doctor to get pain meds would look suspicious. On the other hand, if you find a doctor out of state that offers a unique therapy that would help your particular type of pain that would be understandable.
    Hang in there, you'll find a doctor who can help you.
    Please keep us posted, and feel free to vent.
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