Ever since I knew I was going to be moving from FL to MN I have spent some part of everyday worrying if I was going to find a doctor who would prescribe and maintain the medication at a level that allows me to have my pain well controlled. For months I have been on the internet researching pain clinics and pain specialists. I even started to cut my medications down taking 1 pill of my long acting med instead of 3 and using my breakthrough meds only when my pain was severe so they would last as long as possible. I also wanted to make things a little easier if I could not find a doctor who would prescribe any opiate medications and I would have to deal withdraws . After looking up all these review sites I chose to just look at those who had some positive comments. The first one sounded promising by the ads but I found out ads miss the important details. Being a chronic pain patient for 20 years I knew that I probably would have to get a updated MRI and possibly see someone in PT to go over back exercises or even possible to have to have a epidural injection or 2 even though they never worked to get the doctor to take me as a patient and prescribe any pain medication long term, I certainly understand that this is how many pain clinic/doctors make there money and I except that to a point. However, when a clinic( like the one with the great ad) requires that you have to no matter what you have been though before take a 4 hour class with/PT /therapy 3 x a week for 6 weeks that basically consists of giving you a hot pack ,teach you a few back exercise and require sitting in a room listening to everyone complain about there pain and problems just so you can get some pain medication long term then that is another story. Of course the cost for all this is so much I could have bought my very own private hot tub at home. This place should not have been named as a pain clinic but a Racket instead who main practice is medical-medication black mail. It seem the more I looked for a pain doctor/clinic the worse my possibility's of finding a good doctor who understands that pain medications can help some chronic pain suffers to have a better life. After months of worry I just open the phone book and called closest primary medical clinic from were I live and made appointment.
With my medications, records and MRI in hand the nurse called me in. When she asked what medications I was taking and I stated I was on MS-Contin I was expecting some demeaning, negative comment (since I have heard it before including from a few people on this site) or look but there was none. The doctor was even better. After doing a exam, looking at my records, pain diary and MRI she stated she had no problems continuing my meds. I almost fainted (not really but I was shocked some what) Of course MN has a prescription drug monitor program and I had to sign a pain meds contract. I don't know why I did not having any problems getting pain meds from my new doctor when so many others who have worse problems and pain and cannot get the medication they need. But I do know that things can easily change if my doctor was to moves to another town or practice. But I already wasted half my spring and summer worrying about things I don't have a lot of control over. So for now I will work on being happy and very grateful as I count my blessings.