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New Mexico Physiatrist and Pain Mgmt Specialist

Would so appreciate your help in finding a doctor who will continue my chronic pain maintenance by prescribing 30 mg mscontin three times a day plus robaxin plus Norco 325/10 plus Neurontin plus Cymbalta.

I am moving from Southern California to Farmington NM. I have chronic pain in my cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. It started five years ago with a spinal cord injury. I have had at least one spine surgery every year since and will have two more very soon. My current provider is excellent along with my Cedars Sinai spine surgeon. But I have to move back to New Mexico now.

I have been trying to find another pain management specialist to provide maintenance prescriptions in the New Mexico area. I have found NONE. So I am calling the State Medical Board and anywhere else. Durango, Colorado included.

If you know of a pain mgmt. specialist in the area who is licensed to treat chronic pain using narcotic pain medications on a long term basis, I would be so grateful if you will let me know.

I have talked to the Durango spine surgeon's office and like most surgeons these days, your pain issues cease to be in his area of concern about 6 weeks after surgery. No advice was given on where to find a pain mgmt. specialist.

Thank you very much. My spine surgeon will be Dr. Youssef at the Durango Mercy Spine Center. I will be having C4-T2 fusion including C4-5 redo and additional lumbar surgery once they nail down the issues a little more. My lumbar contain fused areas as well. I also have hemangiomas and several debilitating spine diseases. When I had my spinal cord injury I had paralysis and used a wheelchair to get around. Just telling you these things to show you that I am seriously in need of maintenance meds. Like many chronic pain patients, you just know people look at you funny for taking pain meds. So I have to explain my personal situation to feel understood.

Thank you.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,874
    from making any doctor recommendations.

    I do suggest you use Spine-Health's Find a Doctor feature which is available on the main menu
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • meridelcotonsmmeridelcotons Posts: 3
    edited 06/16/2015 - 7:16 AM
    I have contacted the State Medical Board, the State Medical Society, my Blue Cross Blue Shield plan customer service and case management sources as well as the hospitals nearby, the UNM spine center and this is what I have found:

    In New Mexico, there are no doctors who indicate that they prescribe pain medicine. Perhaps they get their pain meds from Mexico. Someone laughingly said to go to Colorado and get pot.

    My question is based on my chronic pain that I have had for five years. Perhaps New Mexico is just too backwards a state.

    The pain management specialists I have contacted indicate they do exercise, acupuncture, and physical therapy. They wouldn't recognize a spinal cord injury issue if it fell in their lap.

    Wish I could take Cedars Sinai and my Pain Management Specialist with me or not move to New Mexico.
  • sandi123ssandi123 Posts: 456
    edited 06/16/2015 - 12:57 PM
    Will not tell you on the phone whether or not they prescribe opiates. You don't want an intervention a list only, you should be looking for a comprehensive pain management practice.

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