I've been reading all along that alot of peeps see pain management doctors. To be honest the first time I heard this term was last year when my husband took a bad fall on his shoulder. The PA in the ortho's office was telling us that he used to work in a pain management office and left because he couldn't take the games peeps played to get more drugs. (sorry - it's what he said)
As I've moved along through the doctor chain I am wondering just where a pain management doctor would fit in. My ortho had started me on a muscle relaxant. When I went to the neurologist he took over that prescription and added a nerve relaxant. Neither gets rid of the pain, it really just dulls it a little. I never was offered more or asked for more. Now I'm going through consults with surgeons and they certainly aren't offering anything.
I'm just not sure I understand how the pain management doctor fits into the picture. I can't imagine the neurologist sending me to someone else. If I have surgery I am guessing that I would go back to the neurologist for follow-up care including PT. Or is this where the PM doctors come in?
I'm very wary of all doctors these days. I have been burned a few times by doctors who are more interested in keeping me coming back instead of getting the proper treatment. PM scares me more than anything because this is a doctor who can make you addicted to them.
So any info or thoughts would be appreciated.