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workmans comp pain drs vs regular pain drs

terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Chronic Pain
maybe someone can enlighten me. it seems to your humble poster that the topic comes back to pain drs and people not getting a good one. i was wondering if people who have no problems with pain drs who are compasionate and understanding and non judgemental are on regular insurance,ppo. are most people who have judgemental and non compasionate pain drs get them through workman's comp. it seems to me that the majority of people on this site suffer through workman's comp and are not being treated through regular insurance, ppo or hmo. it is just an observation on my part and i could be wrong. so the BIG QUESTION IS: are you on workman's comp and have problems with pain drs? are some of you on regular insurance and also having problems with pain drs. it seems that wc really screws with people and harrasses them with nagging and stalking patients. i know wc people who have had pictures taken of them and are refused treatments like mris and meds. i am glad i have regular insurance,ppo, and don't have to deal with wc drs and case managers
please let me know. it seems to me that problems would disappear if some were on a ppo and not wc. too bad some of you can't change. i feel your pain

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.


  • yea i have no complaints about my drs or my ppo also. i feel for people on wc and the hassles they have to endure. it seems that wc drs are the bottom of the barrel and show little to no compassion. they also seem to think all people on wc are trying to scam the system. women at my dr told me she came in to get pain med refills and her casemanager was waiting for her and took her to rehab to dry out. he said she did not need pain meds at all. i was on wc for one week and dr prescribed fenatyl suckers but wc would not pay, too expensive. so dr and wc made a deal, dr would take me off wc after a week and they would give me the fenatyl suckers. waiting for them to decide this gave me a headache. i waited at pharmacy for 2 hours waiting for them to make this deal. NO WC FOR THIS DUDE. at work i can be treated by my own dr instead of wc dr if i get hurt at work
    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.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    I too have had excellent services from my pain management doctor. She has been taking care of me for over two years now and our doctor/patient relationship is a good as it gets.

    When I've read some of the negative stories about pain management doctors, I want to know more... Is it the patient ?
    Is the doctor? or is it partially both? I dont know.

    But it does seem that when you start to unravel some of this situations, many of the negative experiences come from patients who have to deal with Workman's Comp. It does seem unfair that they have to go see who they are only allowed to see and their times are limited. I've read a few recent posts by folks that have to use Workman's Comp, it does seem like an unfair and difficult thing to deal with.

    I know there is no easy answer, but it does remind me that when I read a post about a member have a difficult time with their doctors, I will spend more time to see if they are dealing with comp issues.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • Yes, it seems that I am getting treated differently since I am on workmans comp. claim. I tried to change doctors and they said no way would they touch me. Number one, it was an open claim and number 2 it was a back problem. I just about cried when they turned me away. They also added that they would be surprised if any doctor would take me on at this point.

    So now I am stuck with a Doctor whom I do not trust and does not take anything I say seriously. He just pats me on the head and tells me that we are working on it. Whatever!
  • ..as far as I can throw them in my present condition, 16 weeks post op fusion. I think they're med school rejects. I wouldn't let my pets near them. My husband had Dr.Iam Moron, and he told him it was a muscle strain and not work related. Then it was reviewed by the adjuster, I think, and he was sent to another one. This one was better, and took him off work immediately, and referred him to a specialist. He got his MRI and they all decided he needed surgery. Then WC denied all benefits at the 11th hour right before they would operate. Way to go Comp image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" />
    Fortunately, I don't have to deal with them. I'm treated well at PM, and they are nice and listen to their patients. Yes,it's less hassle and drama being treated by a private doctor.
  • can't some of you change from wc drs to your regular dr. i know at my school we can fill out a form and designate our regular drs for wc if we get injured. it goes to the district office. can some of you do this? can you change from wc drs to regular drs? it seems unfair that you get stuck with a turkey dr instead of one that you know and feel good about

    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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  • My doctor is not a WC doctor. In our state you can pick whatever Doctor you would like as long as the Doc wants to deal with the redtape of workmans comp.

    The trouble lies in when you want to change Doctors and other Doctors don't want to jump into the middle of an already open claim especially if it is back related.
  • From what Suzie wrote, it's like WC goes out of its way to disprove it, or bounce you around, or turn you into a pariah?
    I thinks it's better to see your own doctor and let him take over your treatments and referrals, and then with a lawyer submit it all to WC. That way you know you'll get treated the way you should, and not have to deal with the red tape.
    But I know you have to eat too. You need their check that undercuts your usual wage. They send you to substandard doctors, or they are in bed with them, so they can get a nice kickback from the carrier for denying your case.
    I know there are people that have abused the system, and that is why WC is the way it is. But the way they are going about it is by killing a fly with machine gun.
    They need to be fair. They need to take care of workers, hence their name. I think they have forgotten. Hasn't a worker with a back injury suffered enough already, and then has to put up with shoddy treatment and surveillance?
  • one of the main complaints drs have about wc for backs that it is the most abused injury in the minds of wc drs. they have people coming in complaining of back pain from a fall and sometimes they won't order an mri due to being too expensive. so in the back of their minds they think that if you have back pain you are faking. hence the stalking of patients and taking pictures. back injuries are hard to prove sometimes. you can have a negative mri but still have back pain hence you are faking it in their minds. the best thing is to have an mri if they let you. if not confront them with if you think i am faking let me have an mri and i will prove you wrong. i will never go to a wc dr as long as i can help it.

    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.
  • Tell them, talk to the MRI. And pay up!
  • I am self-employed but do pay in to workmans comp. I am on light duty at work so workmans comp is paying me ZERO. They are only paying for my medical treatment.

    If I were employed by someone I would not be going to work but when you are self employed you really don't have a choice. I don't trust hiring anyone to what I do and couldn't afford it anyway.
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