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looking for a foc

kjowarrenkkjowarren Posts: 3
edited 10/21/2014 - 7:47 AM in Pain Medications
Hi. Im new here. I also just moved to phoenix, az. I live in the west valley area. Im looking for a doctor to prescribe my meds, listen to me, and care. I know I'll never be pain free. The best I can get is down to a 2 on good days. I just don't want a doc taking me backwards. Any suggestions? I would appreciate the advice. Thank you

Moderator Input. We don't make physician recommendations on Spine Health. Your best option is to check your insurance website for pain management doctors or to look in your area phone book. You can also ask your primary doctor for a recommendation. Find a physician, Spine Center



  • I always get my old doc to phone my new doc to discuss my case. I think it's better than being a stranger walking in. Do you have all of your medical records & diagnostic test results to take with you? So far I've always managed to continue my care when I've moved without having to start from scratch again. I'd 'interview' a few prospective PM docs. If you need meds it's pointless going to a clinic that doesn't prescribe. Good luck. I hate changing docs, I really feel for you ;-(
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Obviously I meant doc not foc. Thanks. Ive looked. The choices are overwhelming. I don't have insurance and can't afford to go to one after another. I got one online that said md and he was a chiropractic doc. Thats why I asked if anyone knew of one. It was a total waste of $. Not just from no meds. I need more than a chiropractor. I don't have a primary either. Another reason I asked.
  • I also did a search for a physiatrist. All I got was a list of psychiatrists. Yes, I did check my spelling and I had it right. Go google. Lol.
  • Physicians in your new area. Or ask your new neighbors who they see.
  • Before I double checked everything, interviewed by phone & made 'meet for interview' appointments I made the mistake of going to a Pain Management doc from my insurances list & had to pay a chiropractor for the appointment! Ugh! I know! The ask new neighbors is a good idea. Always ask questions on the phone so you know what kind of doc they are. Some PM docs specialize in certain procedures (stimulator implants etc) & aren't regular PM docs. A lot of clinics don't prescribe. I understand your fear of wasting money!
    Having a GP in your corner can really help in finding the right PM. I know it's more money but it could save you long term.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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