My Ortho "dumped" :O me today (actually his PA--I didn't get to see my ortho) saying he was a surgeon and not really supposed to prescribe pain meds long term. So, he referred me to the local PM--which has a HUGE reputation for treating their patients like drug addicts. I've considered seeing a rheumatologist for all my arthritic joints. My question is: is the rheumatologist going to be willing to treat my pain long term or are they going to refer me out to a PM, too? Or, does that depend on the rheumatologist? I've heard SO many horror stories about PMs that I don't really want to do down that road if I don't have to.