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pain management

jpauk30jjpauk30 Posts: 1
edited 04/09/2015 - 8:05 PM in Pain Management
Hi I saw a pain management doctor for the first time on 3/25/15 and signed the contract and paid cash for my first appointment because I didn't think the insurance would authorize it. My injury was work related and now the workman's comp insurance said they would pay for future appointments which is great. Due to my work injury I had surgery on 3/12/15 and then today on 4/9/15. I called the pain management office and explained that I just had to undergo another surgery and I needed more percocet because due to the surgery I needed to take more then 2 a day. They said the doctor would not be in the office until Tuesday and it is now Thursday so I would have to wait 6 days in severe pain after my surgery. I explained to the pain management office that I just had surgery and would not endure this pain until Tuesday and all weekend long and I told them I was calling my surgeon to get pain medication since the doctor was gone until tueaday. I did not drop a dirty urine sample and had a very painful surgery . Is there protection for me if it's work comp related and I had surgery ? I didn't just go to the e.r or another doctor and get a script.....I had a 3 hour long surgery ! I tried to call the pain management clinic and told them I needed more meds and they said the y couldn't do anything until the following Tuesday. Post operative pain I horrible and if not treated and under control it can slow the healing process and cause infection as well. I had to get the medicine from my surgeon due to this . Am I in the wrong ? and really after surgery I'm under the surgeons care that did the surgery and have to follow up with him and the pain management doctor had nothing to do with the surgery ...I also have an attorney ....someone please help me
Jeremy Pauken


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ...time since your post, so I hope your pain is under control by now.
    So much of what you ask, I think only your doctor can answer.
    My tendency is to think a surgeon can medicate you..esp, since prior to surgery you need to give a thorough history of meds and medical issues.

    But your post did get me thinking about what my contract with my PM doctor says exactly. Of course I can't find my copy, so I will ask for another.

    You said you have an attorney, I am guessing because of workmans comp....but I not sure. Anything helpful from your attorney that you are willing to share, I for one would be very interested in.
    Best of luck!
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