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PM Clinic, or stay with good PCP for meds and help?

MaggiePMMaggieP Posts: 337
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Chronic Pain
I have lots of pain issues from fibro, diabetic neuropathy, DDD, OA, fused neck, etc. My PCP, who is an osteopathic physician has referred me to a pain clinic, if I want to go. This doctor knows me, and knows I am in a lot of daily pain. Right now I'm doing PT, which identifys all the places I hurt, everytime he starts working on a new area of my neck or back. The pain clinic called to set up an appointment, which isn't until Nov 10th. I have read so many horror stores about pain managment clinics accusing pts of selling meds, not treating their pain,, not allowing anyone else to perscribe pain meds, etc. Am I ahead just to stay with my good PCP, who will send me to whatever specialist I think might help me, or go to the Pain Managment Clinic, who tells me they have all I need under one roof...pain meds, PT, surgeries, alternative therapies? Just wanted to get members opinions about this. Or if anyone has been to OHSU in Portland, Or.Thanks for any ideas you all might have.



  • :) why don't you check out the appointment :? there is nothing wrong with looking at new doctors and their treatment programs. i prefer a pm who has everything i need in one place. they also seem more knowledgeable about pain medications and treatments. so keep your appointment and be prepared with some good questions and expect knowledgeable answers. be aware that your current doctor and your new pm will most likely have a different treatment philosophy. good luck! Jenny :)
  • if you go in try to establish a raport with him and be honest there should be no problem. i have had 3 and never a problem. take all test you have had with you and all documents that tell of your problem. don't go in demanding drugs or saying i can only take narcotics because naisd's don't work. he will ask questions and see how you respond. if you come across as lucid, and in control of your facalities then there should not be a problem. some of these problems with pain drs is how they are approached by the patient. i have has excellent relationships with all 3. the only problem i had with one is that they did not believe in narcotics, so i went back to my old one,who moved, and saw him again. i had to drive 200 miles to see him but it was worth it. remember he is getting to know you also. if you get bad vibes, see another. most of pain drs are respected and not jaded. they will try to help the patient who really needs help. it is the hardest job in medicine. people trying to get drugs, lying, exaggerations etc. they also have to deal with the dea. don't be surprised if you have to sign a contract. you might even have to take blood test at first. don't take it personal a lot of pain drs do this.
    good luck and don't give up


    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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