ABANDONED- NEED new pain doctor MD/DC/VA

WikiwildatGmail Community Member October 16, 2009
  • My pain management doctor is abandoning me because my insurance Optimum Choice a MAMSI company. refused coverage for an MRI, because the doctors administrator is incompetent and ignored a request for additional information.
    I apologize if this is lengthy but I am on a significant amount of pain medication so it is best explained in detail.
    A couple years prior to this doctor, I was prescribed only xanax 2mg twice daily for anxiety (have been for 20 years after trying many alternatives as they came about) soma as needed ,and percocet 10/325 4x daily for chronic pain that began with a car accident was aggravated by a slip and fall, but was manageable.

    I was forced to seek another doctor when I was informed the Virginia Medical Review Board told my general practitioner that he could no longer prescribe these medications for me , even though I did well on them with no issues and I would now have to see a neurologist and pain management doctors, which I did as I have always followed instructions from doctors.
    A colleague who heard of my plight referred me to an internal medicine doctor in Maryland who assumed all of my prescriptions just so long as I have my insurance card reflect him as the primary doctor.
    I thought I was very fortunate when I found this doctor to treat me but he placed me on substantial narcotics.
    After an initial 100 mcg duralgesic (patch) was ineffective he doubled it which worked. Then to no additional request from me suggested I would begin to combine this with opana and rapidly took me from 10mg opana to 40mg increasing by 10mg each subsequent visit on top of the 10/325 percocet qty 120 4x daily I was taking all prescribed by this one doctor.
    I did not ask to be accelerated on opana, although the combination was very effective and I could now lift up my son without pain and lead a very functional life assisting my family without feeling disoriented, unnecessarily euphoric, nor forgetful as opposed to feeling crippled and useless.
    I don't quite understand my tolerance being so high relative to others, but at no time did I experience any euphoria only pain relief.
    The insurance eventually expressed a problem with me being on two timed release narcotic medications (duralgesic/opana) although I suspect cost has something to do with it.
    At my request to accommodate the insurance company rules, he changed opana to demerol 100mg 3x/daily as I had experienced effectiveness with breakthrough pain and as an added benefit Demerol is the only medication that relieves my colic gallbladder which has hospitalized me periodically a few times in past years.
    The Insurance company has been rough on me since my wife came down with breast cancer this year and just completed chemo treatments, but will still pay for my prescriptions.
    I have proof of everything I am stating from the prescriptions to the insurance letter stating they failed to receive any of the additional information requested from the doctor.
    I need help finding a doctor who will prescribe pain medication for spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. I await clinical trials in adult stem cell relocation therapy to be completed by Dr. Stephen Richardson at the University of Manchester which I believe can cure my condition once formally approved and at that time look forward to coming off of the narcotics.

  • Any help or guidance would be much appreciated, I still have about a 20 days supply. I never imagined I would be so taken advantage of and left for dead to no fault of my own.

5 Comments
  • Erv
    Erv
    Oct. 18, 2009

    I go to Dr Hamza at VCU he also teaches at UVA He is a great Dr his job is to get you off pain meds.

  • Erv
    Erv
    Oct. 18, 2009

    I go to Dr Hamza at VCU he also teaches at UVA He is a great Dr his job is to get you off pain meds.

  • groovygal
    Oct. 17, 2009

    First off, I'm truly sorry you and your wife have been through so much health-wise. Here's hoping and praying things will look up for you both.

     

    It is my understanding that Sibley Memorial Hospital in DC specializes in pain management.  You might check out their website to learn more specifics.  (If convenient you might want to attend their...

    RHMLucky777

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    First off, I'm truly sorry you and your wife have been through so much health-wise. Here's hoping and praying things will look up for you both.

     

    It is my understanding that Sibley Memorial Hospital in DC specializes in pain management.  You might check out their website to learn more specifics.  (If convenient you might want to attend their chronic pain seminar on the evening of October 27. Website calendar has more details.) I also have another suggestion that I'll send to you via message.

     

    Hang in there!  You are certainly not ALONE.

     

     

    • Anonymous
      Dottie
      Oct. 17, 2009

      I had a spinal fusion in December 2007 and develped a severer staff infection 2 weeks later and had another surgery to clean out infection. 2 weeks after that I developed highn fever and they operated again and left the wound open with a wound vac in me for 6 months with IV antbiotics. The infection stared in my hip where they took the bone graft.Since then...

      RHMLucky777

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      I had a spinal fusion in December 2007 and develped a severer staff infection 2 weeks later and had another surgery to clean out infection. 2 weeks after that I developed highn fever and they operated again and left the wound open with a wound vac in me for 6 months with IV antbiotics. The infection stared in my hip where they took the bone graft.Since then I am in constant pain in lower back and hip down my left thigh. The bottom of both feet are numb and tingly and my rt calf is numb to just below my knee. My leg keeps going out from under me. The stenosis I had at L4 L5 has now traveled up my spine. I have 3 exposed nerve roots. I had an MRI last week to check for a compression of nerves. I take 2 60MG Oxycontins a day with 4 ocycodone (5mg) for break through pain and stll can't sleep at night. They now have added xanax at night and I have slept 2 nights in a row after aing about 2 hrs sleep a nogt for the last 2 years.My husband died this past January after having 10 back surferies. He was only 57 yrs old. Now they found 4 lesions on my brain and think I may have M.S on top of everything else. Does anyone else have the numbness in thier calfs and feet like I do?

      If you do, what are your doctors saying it is? I am really desparate for answers.

    • Wendell707
      Oct. 17, 2009

      Hi Dottie, i have that numbness in both feet and in both calfs allso a bit of swelling and i rold my family Doctor about this last week and he tool me off my BP medication.

      Well a week has gone by and it's the same ole same ole so i'll tell my pain management Doctor when i see him in November. I'm thinking it gotta be the meds and Gabapentin just might...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi Dottie, i have that numbness in both feet and in both calfs allso a bit of swelling and i rold my family Doctor about this last week and he tool me off my BP medication.

      Well a week has gone by and it's the same ole same ole so i'll tell my pain management Doctor when i see him in November. I'm thinking it gotta be the meds and Gabapentin just might be the one causeing this numbness.

      Have a nice weekend