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Doc is driving me insane!



  • You know, is it possible they just want to see progress in pain reduction by a certain timeframe? Not a certain level, just progress.

    I don't know, just a thought. It sounds like your main issue is that he's not listening, and that the reduction was so drastic. If the PA hasn't ever been through this, he might not realize how psychologically drastic that jump feels.

    I hope your chat with the doc clears it up! My post-op pain control will all be handled by my PM, as my surgeon basically does the types of pain meds that someone who was not on meds for chronic pain would take. I will be getting oxycodone and stronger fentanyl patches- I want to test the oxy beforehand and make sure it doesn't make me sick!
  • Be straight with your doc, but don't forget to be straight with yourself too. Surgery is all about trying to stabilize and fix the pain generator. If successful, then reduction or elimination of pain meds is a natural progression. In all fairness, the attitude towards prescribing opiates 2 years ago was so entirely different than it is today. So even though he "threw" the heavier meds at you last time and isn't this time, it may have absolutely nothing to do with you and have everything to do with the current atmosphere in the pharmaceutical world.

    If you have had a bad reaction to a specific medication, then it's important that the prescribing doc be reminded. If he won't listen to you, bring it up to your pharmacist and let the "professionals" discuss it.

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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    Do you want to keep this doctor as your phy? Although this doctor is your doctor of record through workers comp. you have the right to seek the help of other phys. Contact workers comp and ask to speak to the person that handles your claims. Explain to them the issues you are having and ask for permission to see a pain management doctor or any other phy, you would like to see, just make sure it is a doctor that takes workers comp. To change your doctor of record there are certain forms that must be filled out, I believe it is called a c-9 form, not sure on that it has been awhile since i have dealt with workers comp. claims. Your case worker should be able to give you names of doctors who are BWC providers. Just because this is a workers comp. claim does not mean you have to settle for who your phy. is.
  • I am less than 3 months post op from major back surgery. The ONLY person who knows my pain level is me. As a health professional I am aware of the parameters for reducing pain medications and his way is not effective for me. Opiate or not- he decided to treat me with this med which HAS been effective. The fact that I am honest with him as to how often I take them and am trying to be proactive about my treatment and he continues to swing me from med to med regardless of effectiveness is maddening. I am not trying to stay in a permanent state of medication but I know my body and I know where I am in my recovery and he is moving a LOT faster than I care to. I will see how this appointment goes before I jump into looking into a new physician but I am leaning towards that as an option.
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