I, at age 64 and on permanent disability, am having difficulty at finding the proper physician to help me. First, let me begin by telling you that I have been burned twice by PM dr's I sought out. I thought it was time that I stopped burdoning my primary with pain med requests for something so chronic and apparently permanent. When I went to my first pain management physician and was examined, at the end of the visit I assumed that she would continue with my meds, which I depend on for functioning daily. She told me that she 'didn't do narcotics' and only treated with invasive techniques. When I pressed her as to my need for medication, she told me a terrible lie, saying my pharmacist had called her and told her I would become suicidal if I took pain medications because I was taking other medication for depression. I became furious because it was obvious she was telling me a lie because there are no FEMALE PHARMACISTS at my local drug store. I let her staff know that I knew she had been caught in a lie. Who would want to see a dr like this? Well, I tried again with another dr. and I came to find out that her office had been raided by the police 2 weeks before because of pain medication script theft. Her assistant told me outright that the dr didn't care about my pain as much as she cared about keeping her license. When she examined me, she said 'I hope you don't think I'm going to give you strong pain meds' and she order PT and a lidoderm patch. I had already tried both so I left that office visit in disgust.
My primary didn't know what to treat me with anymore as the endocet he prescribed for almost two yrs wasn't helping me much anymore, so he mentioned a PM at this point to handle my pain issue. I have complied and called someone yesterday for an appointment and red flags started flying again for me. She seemed very, very young and she answered her own office phone as one would answer their phone at home. I find it very strange and unprofessional for a physician to do. I got the feeling that she didn't have many patients and wondered why. She called me back today and gave me an appointment but was more concerned with WHO had referred me to her rather than asking me what the problem was for me to come to see her.
My intuition told me that there is something odd about this physician and it is a feeling that I cannot shake. I wonder if I should go by what my gut is telling me or whether other people find her behavior normal. I saw a foot dr about a year ago who answered his own phone and had no office staff and he turned out to be something of a nut...he told me he doesn't operate on people that smoke and that he could smell it off me. He was very arrogent also about the fact that I was 2 minutes late as he was sitting there waiting for me. I thought it funny that he answered his own phone and found in the end that he was a wierdo. I'm afraid that this new pm will be a waste of time, also, and deny me continuation of meds. I'm willing to undergo procedures to permanently rid of the problem, but for now expect pain alleviation with medication.
How do I find out if a dr will deny medication before I waste my time and money on a visit? If I ask about the opioid meds on the phone before my first appointment, It will make me look like a drug seeker. I honestly don't know how to handle this problem anymore.
If someone knows how I can locate a dr for this within my insurance plan and not waste any more needless visits, I would be most appreciative!