In this state it is very, very, difficult to find a doctor who will even treat chronic pain. I wondered if it is that way in other states as well? For years I had an excellent MD, he actually came to my surgery 10 years or so ago and held my hand while they put me out. He always took good care of me afterward cuz he knew I loved to be active, ride my horse, work and garden. He retired at 82, and passed away shortly afterward. I then had no choice but to see another MD, because Pain Mgmt docs were unheard of around here. He cut me down to a lousy 2 lortab 7.5 per day and I was miserable and couldn't do anything but drag my sorry ass in to work and that totally trashed me. I argued, begged, he wouldn't listen. My original doc let me have 4 lortab 7.5 per day, but this one was worried that I might OD, so he said. Finally, about 4 years ago, this Pain Management group of docs moved to Ogden, Utah and I made an appt. She couldn't believe I was dealing with so much pain and I did tell her I was just ready to end it all because I was so damn miserable. She went thru all my MRI's, took new x-rays and was very thorough. She told me that my condition was one that would worsen with time as the arthritis grew and that eventually I would need to change to better medications to keep the pain in check. Right now she lets me have 5 lortab 10/500 and neurontin at night and that does a fairly decent job. Still can't push the ticket and ride and really have to take it easy - which really pisses me off, but it is manageable most of the time. When the rainy season comes, it is still hell because the meds don't work as well for some reason. Do any of you in your states have issues with doctors who do not want to treat pain management patients? It is extremely common around here. I had a friend who worked here and had the same surgery as me, and could not find a doctor to treat her. She ended up getting a choice of quitting or being fired after 30 years at IRS. Unbelievable. Her husband divorced her because she could not ATV, snowmobile or do much of anything anymore, it was so sad... I wondered how many have ahd such trouble in finding a doctor to manage their pain? My current doctor said it is ridiculous and she often wonders how many people do kill theirselves because they cannot find a doctor who will help them manage it. I wonder that too.