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How do PM docs treat recovered addicts?

grayboy79ggrayboy79 Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Pain Management
I am getting over a back surgery and I am having a lot of nerve pain still. My current doc(ortho), is trying to get me off the pain medication lortab 10, flexeril 10 both 1x a day each. So I have to choose what time of day I dont wanna be in pain. I hurt all day and would like to see a pm doc to take over the recovery. But how do PM docs treat former addicts? The PM clinic says they dont need a refferal,but it seem wrong to go behind my current doctors back and seek other care. And at the same time my doctor dosent want to acknowlege my level of pain. any personal experience would be appreciated.


  • I know someone in identical circumstance and quite frankly this is a complex issue that is best left to a pain management doctor. It would be wrong for you to take ANY pain prescriptions from your ortho or primary care doc while under the care of a PM, take the PM your current med bottles, explain your situation, use the same pharmacy as always did before (switching pharmacies raises flags). Then notify your Ortho, that due to pre-existing predisposition, you felt you needed assistance of pain management for medications, but wished to continue follow up with him for the actual surgical management. Believe me, most ortho's would be elated to get pain management patients off their hands, and has long as you express honesty with your past, it is likely a PM will be willing to manage you.
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