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great PM experience

JWMJJWM Posts: 291
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Pain Management
Great PM experience, you say? Yes! I've said more than my fair share of bad things about them, money grubbing, pill pushing, blah blah blah.. Fact of the matter is, I just had to see him LONG enough to earn his complete trust.

Today, he did for me what I thought never, EVER would have happened. I do not have insurance and owe $1,700 to him, which is a few months old. Instead of kicking me out, they took my $125 visit fee, and instead of just banking it, applied it to my $1,700 that was owed! This puts me in a good standing with them, as I am moving forware.

Next, recognizing my cash situation, he lowered my visits to $90. Then, he post-dated a 2nd prescription that i can pick up on that date for NEXT month's meds, without even having to see him. AND, he took over all (2) of my meds from my primary physician, one scheduled drug, and one not, just because he knew it would save me the appointment(s) costs, and the time, and travel. Not only that, hey gave me 4 months worth! He also helped me to get the right generics, and it just cost me a whopping $75 for my entire month of ALL of my meds, ER pain, BP, BT, relaxant, anxiolitic,...!

For someone who spends so little time getting to know me, typically in, out, bam you're done, today he literally shocked me and completely killed me with his kindness. Insomnia has been tearing me apart too, so he gave me 30 each of two samples of two very successful meds! All in all, it was a miraculous visit, and one that I had never thought possible. While corruption, greed, and bad character can permeate through so many parts of our lives, it felt really great for once, to have so many GOOD things come to me in such a short time.

I'm not bragging or anything, it's just that I've trashed doctors a lot before, and thought that it was appropriate to share my great experience. I'm lucky to have him as a PM, and for a while, I get to be a little more relaxed, and enjoy life, not worrying about the money for my next appointment, or if they are going to drop me. Being unemployed, that's a huge relief. If you are in a bad or terrible situation, which I have been for a while now, don't give up, sometimes good things are far away, but they do eventually find their way to you.



  • JWM,
    A wonderful story, heart-warming and effective, my own PM residential team have worked wonders and supported me in accepting all the necessary changes for improvement. Before going I researched the success rate and read academic text of the positives and negatives of the whole process and had some understanding and what would be expected of myself and the benefits I could reasonably expect.

    You had to go through as selection process prior to going to assess you suitability and everything was explained in an understandable format precise and achievable.

    I admire your courage to change and looking back reflectively many are in your financial situation and would benefit from the support you are getting, I was unemployed for many years and have worked hard to return to some employment and hounded those who could make this a possibility, as you say it is a collective effort and I am glad you have eventually found the support and encouragement you so richly deserve.

    Take care, what next.

  • See good things come to people who wait >:D<

    I am so very happy that you had a awesome experience and the Dr was so very caring to your needs!!!!
    You do not find that alot in PM that is for sure.
    Or some will only do a few meds. Even though they are allowed to do more!!!!

    I wish you continued sucess!!!!!!

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  • Great, im happy for you! You deserve it! and its about time huh!

  • great to hear, man. Having that kind of relationship with someone who is treating you is invaluable! Great, man.

    JW, if the mods allow....whould you also post this in thread in chronic pain forum titled "problem with pain drs"?
    I think the members there could use the news that there is hope from someone that has seen both sides and truly able to empathize.

  • JWM,

    I hope that you were able to get some good rest for once! So so happy to hear what happened for you at this visit!

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  • funny Ben, but its the truth, it really is some wonderful news i wish this could happen with other people, how did you find this doc.? your blessed JVM-
    thinking positive
    being hopeful
    never giving up , all the way- sometimes just holding on to a piece of thread from a king sized quilt is all you need to get back ontop of things, (FROM EXPERIENCE)
  • Thats Awesome. Im sure the financial stress has contributed to your pain. I also have found a greaat Pm team that I trust and seems to care about me. It makes all the difference in the world. Good luck!
  • As I have always stated, if you are honest with your PM Dr. they will take good care of you. Congrats to you, and may you stay on the same path.
  • I too have an awesome PM team. My doctor takes such great care of me and my ailments. Whenever I had my SCS implanted, I didn't have the money to pay my copay after the insurance paid their portion. He told me that I could pay it out and to not worry about it. That took a huge load of worry off of my shoulders and I could concentrate on the trial and perm implants. He also has treated me for colds if I happen to be sick when I go in for a check up and i trying to get to the bottom of the the new symptoms that have surfaced, because he knows that I put a lot of trust in him and his expertise. We have a really good patient/doctor relationship. There really are some great doctors out there and I have been truly blessed with finding one of them.
  • I am soooo happy for you. Having a doc that is seemingly compassionate means everything! I love my PM doc! He performed an endoscopic microD on me that was failed back in Dec 07. My recovery was horribly painful and I lost my job to boot! Well he did a 5 level rhizotomy, nerve block and epidurals at no charge! He also always writes my scripts for double the amount that I take just so that I only have to go to him every two months. I hear so many horror stories here about PMs that it really makes me appreciate mine more. I hope that this is the start of a great relationship with you and your doc. Sometimes they are just so darn busy that they seem uncareing. I am glad that yours proved otherwise in the end.
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