I have 3 slighlty herniated disks from a car accident in 2009. The disks are at the C4-C7 region. I had an HMO and through the process of ER to Neurosurgeon, I was eventually placed into treatment with a Physiatrist that has been managing my pain with meds and PT for the past 2 years. I just finished my last round of PT and am in pretty good shape. We have accepted the fact that I may never get back to 100%, but can get to 80-90% for some days. My doc wants me to stay on the ER pain meds I have been on for the next 3 months, and if I stay this well then we can start to ween down my meds so I am not on a 24 hour drip!
I just changed employers and have new insurance. I can still see me old doc out of network, but would like to try seeing somebody in network. I have a PPO and am open to see who I want. So should I see a Physiatrist, or just make an appt with the pain clinic? I am not sure. Besides seeing a new dr will give me better coverage and location, I am almost interested in the fact that I have an opportunity for a 2nd opionion. I think over the past 2 years we have been able to manage my pain to an acceptable level and don't believe I will ever be in the position to be a surgical canditate. So I really just need a Doc to manage my meds and refer back into PT when I need more traction.
And advise would be appreciated.