Finding Pain Clinics

Kristi Community Member April 21, 2008
  • I haven't written anything in awhile-just trying to make it one day at a time. Here is my problem-I live in Illinois approx. 60 miles south of Chicago. I am on Public Aid for my healthcare coverage because I have been turned down for every private insurance policies because of all my "pre-existing" conditions. I cannot find a pain clinic that accepts public aid. I have spoken with my primary doc about this and he doesn't know what to do either-he is a good dr. but does not prescribe any of the usual chronic pain drugs. He has giving me a referral-but it does no good if I cannot find a pain clinic to accept public aid. Is there anyone out there that can offer some advice and try to help me?

6 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Wendy
    Apr. 24, 2008

    Hi Kristi,

     

    I don't know the answer on how to find places for coverage, but I suffer from fibro, and many others.  I have been taking a product called Max GXL and it has reduced my pain by 50 percent or more if you want check out my site it did so much for me I just had to join and spread the word.

    www.sozomax.com/wmartin

    wishing you the best

    Wendy...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Kristi,

     

    I don't know the answer on how to find places for coverage, but I suffer from fibro, and many others.  I have been taking a product called Max GXL and it has reduced my pain by 50 percent or more if you want check out my site it did so much for me I just had to join and spread the word.

    www.sozomax.com/wmartin

    wishing you the best

    Wendy

    • Anonymous
      Toni
      Jun. 15, 2009

      Your link doesn't seem to work.

  • simmonsgrad03
    Apr. 24, 2008

    maybe the first place to start is the state or public aid insurance.  call them. ask to speak with someone whom can help you.

    in most states if the hospital or doc office adcepts medicare they have to adcept medicaide.  its a federal law.

    your next option may be go to a teaching hospital pain clinic.  i know chicago has medical schools. ...

    RHMLucky777

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    maybe the first place to start is the state or public aid insurance.  call them. ask to speak with someone whom can help you.

    in most states if the hospital or doc office adcepts medicare they have to adcept medicaide.  its a federal law.

    your next option may be go to a teaching hospital pain clinic.  i know chicago has medical schools.  find out which hospital is associated with the medical schools, and then see if those hospitals have a pain clinic.  hospitals have to adcpet any insurance you have. 

    see it this helps.  the state insurance usually has a rep that helps patinets use there insurance or knows whom adcepts it.

    best of luck.

  • Anonymous
    Amy Smith
    Apr. 23, 2008

    ello,

    I feel for you and can relate to your problem. I am on Medicaid and suffer with Fibromyalgia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and chronic back pain. I was having a hard time finding a pain management clinic in Indiana that would take my insurance. My doctor's office did find a few that took Medicaid. One clinic would only take two Medicaid...

    RHMLucky777

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    ello,

    I feel for you and can relate to your problem. I am on Medicaid and suffer with Fibromyalgia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and chronic back pain. I was having a hard time finding a pain management clinic in Indiana that would take my insurance. My doctor's office did find a few that took Medicaid. One clinic would only take two Medicaid patients a month, there was no list, you simply had to be one of the first two callers at the beginning of a month. Isn't that about the stupidest thing you ever heard of? Another didn't take Medicaid patients outside of its county. Anyway, what I did was I got online (www.Webmd.com) and did a search for pain management doctors in my area. Then I called every one of them asking if they took Medicaid. I finally found one about 60 miles away although I am not happy with him, all he has done is prescribe narcotics so far, when I told him that I had received trigger point injections and spinal blocks that did help when I lived in Colorado.

    When I get my Medicare in a few months, I'm going to go to the Cleveland Mayo Clinic. Be careful of those pain specialists that only want to prescribe you narcotics and make you sign a contract. There is a possibility of addiction and its your fault if you do get addicted not the pain clinic. Read the contract carefully. Anyway, I hope this gives you some useful information. Another thing you might try is to find a specialist that treats your condition. Often they will prescribe pain meds.

     

    Fellow chronic pain sufferer, Sealed

    Amy

    Geneva, IN

    • Kristi
      Apr. 23, 2008

      Hi Amy

       

      Thanks for you comment on my sharepost. I have heard that some of the teaching hospitals in chicago take medicaid-have you heard anything about that?

    • devona
      Jun. 15, 2011

      northwestern takes medicade paitents. so does university of chicago, but i do not reccomend them. trying to get out of there in fact. you do not mention if you have a intrathecal pump or not. doctors in the state of illinois will not take a paitent who allready has one. i found this also via medtronic who makes the device. i wish you the best of luck