After 14 months of hell following a lumbar fusion with complications, my ortho finally referred me to pain management. He has prescribed me my meds before now;gabapentin,dilaudid, mobic and mscontin. Between him and the neorologist, I've had every test and procedure that could possibly be run, and have even had a spinal cord stimulator implant and physical therapy is a nightmare.
I am a little nervous about going to pain management after hearing some horror stories of how some people are treated like drug addicts. I have had at least 12 injections and those don't work, so I'm not sure how this doctor is going to feel about getting a patient who has undergone pretty much all of the normal "alternative" treatments.
One question I have though.. My ortho told me "you can go to him and see if you like him.. if not, I can refer you to someone else". If I don't like this doctor and I go to another PM, will it be considered doctor shopping, or is it only considered so if that doctor gives you pain medications? If I don't like this doctor, believe me, he won't be giving me any medications!