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The 5 Minute Dr.'s Apt...

edited 01/14/2016 - 8:29 PM in Chronic Pain
The Recurring 5 Minute Dr.'s Appointment...

When seeing a new Dr., typically everything starts off great. The Dr. requests a comprehensive history and current status of medical problems, they order a few tests and on the follow up, review the situation and prescribe a comprehensive treatment plan. Then, the treatment plan doesn't work, or gets only mildly successful results and a new treatment route must be laid out. This occurs over and over and over until the Dr. eventually 'gives up' on you. And each time you see said Dr. you get 2 minutes to plead your case you are brushed off and promptly rushed out the door before you can discuss the issue further or bring up a secondary issue that has been concerning you. So you get fed up and start seeing a new Dr. and the cycle continues...

Unfortunately, being a chronic pain patient with several other health issues, this has happened to me about a half dozen times now. When it happens with a specialist Dr. it's usually not a huge deal as I can ride the 'referral train' to someone else. But recently it's happened with my Primary Dr. and I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do.

I want to change Dr.'s but it's difficult because no one wants a chronic pain patient with multiple other health issues and the fact that I'm prescribed Norco makes it extra tricky, since about 50% + of Dr.'s in my area have bought into the anti-opioid campaigns. Also, I don't want to go to a new Dr. only for this situation to happen again in 3-6 months.

Has any of you out there experienced this issue?

How do you go about getting a new Primary as a chronic pain/multiple health issue patient?


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 01/14/2016 - 9:56 PM
    My primary doctor tried working with my pain two years before referring me to pain management.
    Best thing for me!

    He did variety of testing, some I never heard mentioned before.
    My pain a management doctor reviewed the CDs of previous testings himself, not just reading the written impressions.
    He was able to see things not noted on impressions and more than once, disagreed with written impressions and explained some contradictions that were noted.

    Seeing a specialist works great for me!
    Pain management for he is more able to medicate and do procedures that my primary did not feel able or comfortable to prescribe and then ...all the necessary time and care for follow up.

    I've seen vasculcular and see a GI specialists, also, that were able to see things with me and treat me more effectively.
    And again, all the time and care for follow up.

    I keep all my doctors in the loop re meds, and in general how I'm doing in the different areas.

    I respect my primary doc so much for being able to see many of my issues were serious enough to require more specialized care.
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