I am a new pain sufferer with chronic neck pain due to DDD, Stinosis, arthritis and I am not off to a good start with my Doctors. I am a vet who has private health insurance through my employer but I go to the VA b/c it is cheaper and the NS at the VA has a respected private practice in Albany NY. He is only there 1 day a week and he is at his private practice 4 other days. I went to him and he recommended going to see his colleague (pain management specialist) b/c I had private insurance. Well, if you have read previous posts PM DR has treated me like a drug addict who wants pain pills and it almost makes me want to live with pain just so I don't have to deal with him. I haven't have pain meds in 2 months due to PM attitude but can no longer deal with pain. Anyone out there deal with the VA. I don't know much about VA drs but I know they have an inferior reputation. Should I stick with the VA or pay and see another PM dR. The VA Dr recommended the PM Dr b/c they are colleagues but I hate his attitude but don't want to tell my NS from the VA his collaegue is a jerk. I feel like I don 't want to insult anyone. I myself have a PhD and know I am just as educated but feel as if they look down on me as a pill pusher but haven't had meds in a long time and my pain is becoming unbearable. I don't know what to do..any advice?