I just received a letter that my PCP is closing shop after 26 years of practice. This Dr. has been my family doctor since I was a child, writes all of my prescriptions, and is a fine gentleman. He's done all of my referrals to PM/Ortho doctors and has treated me since the beginning of my symptoms.
Worse yet, there have been years of relationship building here. Better put, he knows me and knows me well. Since I take narcotic pain medicine (and have for several years now), I do not know how to go about finding someone who will continue treating me. The few times I've visited other practices (PM / Ortopedic), I've been scrutinized for using this medicine. Scrutinized does not mean accused, but I've just got the feeling that some doctors look down on people who take narcotics. Just last week consulted for an injection and the (PM) doctor who explicitly said "Oh, you take Norco, let's try some other medicine's). That stuff is addictive!".
I'm just sick to my stomach that I've got to go through all of this again with another doctor. It's been years changing medicine's and treatments to get to what I'm taking now (which is not much, but enough to enable me to manage). That's what the whole point of this is - Managing your pain.
I've not been to many doctors in my life. The past couple of months I have looked in to other treatments (not drugs, treatments). A PM sent me to get worse last week and did not want to perform an injection. That's another subject. Anyways, I had no clue how bad it was out there and how bad people will treat you when you take certain medicines. Now that I know, this is the last thing I needed to see.
Sorry for the rant, but my question is ;
How does one go about finding a new doctor? Even better, how does one go about finding a new doctor and not get accused of drug seeking? Since I take a narcotic pain medicine this is such a sensitive subject.