Seeking physicians who will prescribe pain medicine

steveb Community Member August 05, 2008
  • I've been to numerous pain rehabilitation physicians and anesthesiologists and they all want me to undergo spinal injections of steroids and physical therapy. The moment I bring up pain medicine, they immediately start back pedaling and don't want to consider treating pain with medicine. How can I find physicians in my community (San Diego) who are willing to treat pain with narcotic medicine?

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  • Betty Boop Too
    Aug. 06, 2008

    Steve

     

    It's good to meet you and welcome to the chronic Pain 'connection.

     

    Normally Chronic pain is treated most effectivly using a multimodality approach to your treatment options and medication, although part of the treatment options, is not going to take care of all your pain.  You mentioned that your current doctors wanted to try some injections...

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    Steve

     

    It's good to meet you and welcome to the chronic Pain 'connection.

     

    Normally Chronic pain is treated most effectivly using a multimodality approach to your treatment options and medication, although part of the treatment options, is not going to take care of all your pain.  You mentioned that your current doctors wanted to try some injections and other type of treatments.  In order for you to establish a better relationship with your doctors, they usually send you for these types of treatments in the beginning and then after trying them with reasses your pain, see if the treatments help at all and then will either add if need be, medications to your treatment plan. 

    Doctors don't usually start out treatment and send you home with opiate pain relievers unless your in an acute pain situation.  When your possibly facing or already facing a long term pain condition, they want to see if some other treatments will work and since I am a patient that uses some of the injections for part of my treatment plan and although they don't heal me, they do reduce some of the pain, and then I'm also on a medication plan too.

     

    I know and understand how frustrating it is having to jump through all their hoops and if your ins does not cover it, it can be incredibly expensive.  Please don't feel that I'm not understanding you, because I know I just wanted them to send me home with a basket of pills in hopes that I could carry on with life and the meds would take care of all the pain completely and not have this pain demon interfere in my life anymore than it had.

     

    I know you did not say you have FM, but on the NFA website, you can search for pain mgt doctors in your area and I thought you might want to just check and do a search of your area and see if you can come up with one.

    Another thought is that if you call to make an apt and imediately ask if the prescribe opiates, they will most likely say NO.  They have to have a way to weed out drug seekers and this is a first step, so are the treatment options and if your not willing to try more treatments than meds, they normally will not prescribe or work very well with you either.  Here is a link to the FM Physician finder page.  http://www.fmaware.org/site/PageServer?pagename=resources_hcProviderDirectory

     

    You might also check with the APF  The American Pain Foundation at;  http://www.painfoundation.org/ResourceLocator.asp  They have a resource locator that has doctors as one of the resources. 

     

    All these sites including the one your on here at the Chronic Pain Connection have a great deal of wonderful information.  And area's where you can speak to others in pain to help you along your way to learn how to deal with the medical community and how to get through all the pain, tests, treatments and stress that goes along with this crummy illness.

     

    I hope something here will help you.  If I can help you find any other info, I've developed quite a library of sites and info along the way and I'll help you in any way possible.

     

    Sincerely

    Betty