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Just moved and looking for a new doctor

heavymetal4459hheavymetal4459 Posts: 1
edited 07/06/2015 - 10:17 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi all. I've had scoliosis since I was very young. I had a 67 degree curve in my lower spine and a 33 degree curve in my upper spine. I had my first major surgery when I was 13 and that was Harrington Rod placement. They could only cut the curves in half.

So I sduffered through a lot of pain until around 2010. Then it went from bad to unbearable. So I went to see a doctor and of course I needed another major surgery. It took 12 hours and one of the rods was broke. So now almost all of my spine is fused and I'm in way more pain that before the second surgey.

I was taking around 400 milligrams of morphine a day for a while after the surgery but cut down myself because I knew it was bad for me.

It's been five years and I'm still in a lot of pain but I take less drugs. I just moved to Arizona and I want to find a pain management doctor who won't jerk me around.

Anyone live in the Gilbert area and have a decent doctor?*********************************************************************************************************
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  • A decent doctor? Most doctors who are in pain management are there because they want to help people living with chronic pain.
    We can't make recommendations for doctors, but there is a Find a doctor tab at the top of the page, and you can search for a doctor by state or specialty.

  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 07/06/2015 - 4:43 PM
    When I needed a new PM I 'interviewed' a few different ones. Even chatting to the receptionist can tell you quite a lot. If you know people in your area seeing a good GP for recommendations can work. Some clinics don't prescribe narcotics or only very weak ones...that would be a problem for you. Do you have all of your medical records & imaging on disc?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Pm after the one that I have been with for 10 years decided to close the office where I live, and transfer their patients to the office in NYC.
    The best place to start looking is your insurance website for the list of in network pm's and make appointments. I did just that, set up three appointments, interviewed and met each of them, talked about recommendations and treatment, then picked the one I was most comfortable with.

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