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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,606
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Pain Medications
Hi, I'm moving from Nevada to Richland, Washington. Is anyone here from the Richland, Washington, area? If so, could you please PM me with a recommended pain doctor in the area.

I have a pain management doctor here in Nevada, and I have an appointment with him on Thursday for my refills. I'm on 20 mg of Oxycontin twice a day, and I am also taking 4 Percocets (10 mg) as well as Lyrica, Voltaren gel, Nabumetome (sp?), and Skelaxin.

At my last appointment, he knew that I might be moving, and he is willing to refer me to a pain management doctor in Washington and fax my records.

I made an appointment with a pain management doctor (don't know if I can list his name here) in Richland yesterday, while I was visiting my husband there. I have the appt. on October 7, and I will run out of my medications on October 9. I'm so worried that the new pain management doctor won't keep me on the same medications. I live with chronic back pain (herniated discs in lower back), scoliosis, arthritis, fibro, and chronic pelvic, hip, leg, and back pain. I'm only 35 years old, and so doctors haven't always taken me seriously.

I don't if my pain management doctor here could call in or fax a prescription if for some reason the new doctor won't write me prescriptions for my medication. Is that even possible across state lines? Does anyone know the procedure on that?

I don't want to look like a pain pill seeker either, because I have documentable pain problems. And for anyone who is on these types of medications and lives with chronic pain, I would hope you could understand my problem. Has anyone moved and had this dilemma? I would really appreciate any advice on how to talk to this new doctor.

Thank you in advance to anyone who is willing to give me advice. It's stressful enough having to move, but this is so hard.

God bless you all


  • Firstly I wish you luck with the move. Your current pain management doc should be able to give you some good names close to where you are going. The PM world is like a club and I have found that to be the case and indeed I was given a PM doc from one state to another. Prescriptions can go across state lines and the best way to do that is to get your old doc to call the scrip into a local pharmacy and get your new pharmacy to call that pharmacy to transfer the scrip to them. It happens all the time and should be no problem.

    I hope that this info helps you.

    Take Care

    John B
  • John Blunt said:
    Firstly I wish you luck with the move. Your current pain management doc should be able to give you some good names close to where you are going. The PM world is like a club and I have found that to be the case and indeed I was given a PM doc from one state to another. Prescriptions can go across state lines and the best way to do that is to get your old doc to call the scrip into a local pharmacy and get your new pharmacy to call that pharmacy to transfer the scrip to them. It happens all the time and should be no problem.

    I hope that this info helps you.

    Take Care

    John B
    Thank you so much for replying to my thread. I didn't know that this was common. I really appreciate the information you gave me. I feel comforted. I'm in so much pain now, and that's with my medication (lol). I just hate the stigma that I have because I'm on these medications. I went for years without any medication, and the medicine has really helped me to get the things done that I need to do. I will be starting a new job there soon too, so the medicine will be a life saver, because I will be working at least 9-hour days. Fortunately, it's a desk job, but it's still hard on the back sitting for so long. I wish I could bring my heating pad with me to work (lol). I have burnt out three heating pads already.

    Thank you again and God bless you for taking the time to respond.

    All the best,

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  • I don't know if this is just something with NY law but for controlled substances the doctor's can not call or fax in the prescriptions or put refills on the script. I have to pick my up at my doctor's office each month in person and show ID. I have to do this at my pain mgmt doc and my primary doc and was also told by other docs in the past. This is something you may want to look into before it gets to close to the date you need your refills.
  • Least I think some states have differences!
    In Westvirginia, my area anyway, we now have electronic prescriptions available. I never have to see the piece of paper most times. It goes directly to the pharmacy from the doctor. To transfer a refillable script I can just take the bottle in to a pharmacy and they will handle the transfer from the original pharmacy.

    They did electronics with Percocets and Norcos on a regular basis for me, not sure about some of the other meds.

    Might be a good idea to check with the pharmacys in both states to see if they can transfer across state lines.
  • Since you see your dr. on Thursday I think you should ask him all the questions you have asked here. Also, if you have been happy with his care and respect his opinion maybe you should make an appt. with one of the drs. he recommends, maybe he can even set it up for you tomorrow and have all your paperwork faxed so the first visit goes smoothly, showing the new dr.you are a good pateint with medical issues, not seeking drugs, just need help managing your daily pain. That way it is a transitional move that gives you peace of mind that you have it settled before you move. Just an idea but I'm sure you will figure out what is best for you. Good luck with the move and settling into a new home.

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  • All I know is that I also have to go in every month for a refill appt. The scrips have changed from triplicate from to its current form, but a copy does go to law enforcement from what I understand. I don't think it can be electronically transferred either.

    This is especially true with meds like Oxycontin and these cannot be mail ordered like Norco perhaps. I was asked by my insurance once if I wanted to get my meds that way (at the time it was Fentanyl patches and Norco) and I mentioned what I was on, and the rep said "no, not these meds for sure." But I do understand this may differ from state to state of course.

  • Hi,
    Thank you to everyone who has responded so far. I appreciate the input. When I called my pain doc's office a while back, the girl told me that I have to start finding my own pain management doctor in Richland. So, hopefully, tomorrow my doctor will know of some in that area who he can refer me to. At least, I have an appointment set up already with one in Richland.

    My pain management doctor has been so wonderful, and he's very intelligent, kind, and knowledgeable. I don't know if whoever will be my new doctor will be able to fill his shoes. I hope so though. I don't even know, however, if he will want to be responsible for calling in or faxing in a prescription once I am no longer in his care after this appointment, since I had to sign a pain management contract. That's the difficult part. The only reason I would need him to do this is if the new doctor will not prescribe pain medication to me. I am worried about going through withdrawal symptoms while starting a new job.

    I haven't even started looking into finding a new cardiologist for my blood pressure medicine or a gastro, family doctor, and OB/GYN. LOL.

    I also have to take Xanax for panic attacks, so I better get busy trying to find a new family doctor. Sorry for the long post. I really appreciate that all of you took the time out of your days to respond to my questions. I wish you a pain-free day if not life. However, sometimes, we just have to live with the hand we were dealt.

    God bless you all!
  • I have the nicest pain management doctor here. I had my appt. today, and I explained the situation. He said, without me even asking, that I could come in at the end of the month and he would give me a refill for another month that I could refill early before I leave so I have enough medicine and time to find a new pain management doctor. Apparently, the doctor I made an appt. with is not board certified, so I am in the process of finding a good one that is. I'm so thankful to God, because I have been praying about this. It's rare that a pain management doctor would be kind enough to make sure that a person who will no longer be in their care would made sure they have enough medicine. Praise the Good Lord for his kindness, and thank you to all of you who have kindly responded.

    P.S. It's true that these types of medications cannot be transferred across state lines, because my doctor said that today.

    God bless!
  • I just moved from Nevada to Florida. From the not above, you cannot fill narcotic prescriptions written form one state in another. Other meds fine. Get all your records straight. Find your pain MGMT doctor in your new state before you leave. They will tell you that they will not make an appointment until the doctor has reviewed your records, which could take a week for them to do this.

    My transition was a rough one, due to COBRA issues, but all got worked out. I can tell you this, while I was working my COBRA out, I called to see how much an office visit was without insurance. Quoted 450.00 for the visit from most offices I called. Some wanted a big deposit. I assume this is to scare away drug seekers, but I could not afford that. I got COBRA worked out just days before I was out of meds…..Whew!
  • I only see my PM every 3 months. He gives me 3 seperate scripts for each med and writes do not fill until (whatever date the one month point is). I have not had any problems with this at all. Maybe your doc will give you at least 1 script like that just in case. I really don't see the new doc wanting to stop you cold turkey from opiates though. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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