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May 17, 2017 3:49 PM

Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing okay! I need some opinions. I recently had to leave the military heath system. Now I am part of the civilian system. I finally saw my new doctor today and she said if I want refills on my pain or anxiety medications I need to go see specialists. She is a family medicine doctor and her profile said she deals with pain, sciatica, depression, etc.
she stated that she does not ethically believe in prescribing opiates, benzodiazepines, and other dangerous or highly addictive medications. She wants me to go see an orthopedic doctor, a pain specialist, neurologist, and psychiatrist. I was seeing a neurologist, psychiatrist in the military system. They wrote her letters of all my mediciations that theyve prescribed and what was working best. They advised that she please keep me on my current regimen.
My conditions are:
Chronic back pain
Spinal Arthritis
Chronic anxiety

So she took me off my Ativan for anxiety and put me on Atarax. She won't refill my Toradol injection, or Vicodin. Luckily I have lots and don't take them daily, so I have enough to last.

Now I have to fight insurance to approve all these specialists and copays.
She seemed like a nice woman but I was just a bit put off when she said "wow, you're on a lot of medications I don't like". And that she "ethically" doesn't approve in prescribing my medications.

What are your guys' thoughts? I'm still new to civilian healthcare and am so concerned fused.

May 17, 2017 7:47 PM

Hi your my first reply..I'm new here so I hope this doesn't put anyone off...DUMP HER NOW! You don't need her crapola about ethics right off the bat. You see she can't be honest with you and say I'm not going to prescribe any of these because I don't want the Feds looking at me to hard. How about she have some ethics about all the new meds out there she and the govt know cause harmful side effects to most people, it's just the cost of doing business if we all get sick etc. My fiancee said a new doctor shouldn't have the medical right to start switching you off meds that are hard fought and found by you and your previous doctor until you relationship is at least 6 months old and she knows you alittle bit. I have started soooo many times with this type of doctor....it doesn't get better. She is just making sure YOU know what type of patient she EXPECTES you to be for HER to agree to be your doctor. Hey here's an idea why don't you at your next appointment tell her... yes my first visit with you was your INTERVIEW and sorry you didn't get the job. Sorry to be so strong ....just so very very tired of the attitudes of docs these days. Hope you find someone great!

May 17, 2017 7:50 PM

Regardless of her "ethics" she should keep you on what is working for you as a chronic pain sufferer. Maybe her referrals to specialists will get you to someone more familiar with chronic pain. Praying for you.

May 17, 2017 7:52 PM

BrokenBlossoms you are right on. I could not have said it better!

May 17, 2017 8:02 PM

Thanks..I thought well maybe I should be nice and sweet...but 5 plus years without a doctor or pain relief.... just knock that crap out if my systen

May 17, 2017 9:20 PM

Dump her. As far as specialists that is not uncommon now because the CDC put out a "suggestion" regarding opiates and most primary care doctors took it as law. So that sucks but that is where we are now. I wish you all the best with finding a good pain management doctor and then go from there.

May 18, 2017 2:56 AM

Thank you all sooo much! I just didn't like the vibe and I felt like she was telling me what I can and can't do right away. And I don't like someone messing with my important meds the FIRST 5 minutes they meet me. I've fought hard to get where I am and what I take so NO ONE is just taking it away. I will go ahead and see a pain specialist. It's worth a shot, there is one in my area that handles my specific spine problems so I have my fingers crossed.

I just felt like I was judging her too quick and wanted so opinions from people who know where I'm coming from. Thank you all so much!!

May 18, 2017 10:18 PM

Unfortunately doctors can do as they please nowadays. They feel the threat/ pressure the government puts on them about pain treatment. Doctors are to scared to handle chronic pain anymore. Sending you to different specialist kinda hands the responsibility to someone else. Try and find someone you feel comfortable with. Just don't doctor jump too much or future physicians may not want to take you as a patient. It really chaps my ass that this is how things are now. I'm lucky that I have 6 great doctors. But I personally know doctors/pain specialists and they know that if hey make one wrong move it's bye bye license. There are too many people who are truly in pain and need help but don't get it. Either they don't have any "real" diagnoses, or they can't afford to see a bazillion different doctors for a laundry list of expensive tests. Shoot some people in my pain management place have had to go without meds because they can't afford the bills from the monthly drug testing. When did doctors stop caring about the patients well being?!?? People are nothing but freaking numbers now. Dollar signs on paper. I'm sorry for the rant, but the more I read posts on here the more pissed off I get with the treatment some of y'all are getting. The NEEDLESS pain you suffer through every day because doctors are too stupid or afraid to help.

May 18, 2017 10:48 PM

You're going to need to go "Doctor Shopping". It sucks, but it's worth it. My primary care doc manages my pain. Specialists are sometimes necessary, but it's very expensive to use them regularly. Find someone who can manage your day to day and will provide the medications that work best for you. Good luck!

May 20, 2017 4:59 PM

You deserve great care.

She sounds somewhat clouded and biased in her judgement to dismiss the assessments and treatment approaches of your previous physicians outright.

Good luck in finding someone who is compassionate and realistic if you choose to look elsewhere. In my experience it can take time but sometimes finding that one doctor who gets it can really be life altering.

May 20, 2017 10:17 PM

I had a good doctor for over 15 years , then moved and my next doctor started to pull the I'm not going to keep you on the same meds as the old one but did not talk to me about it he just up and stoped prescribing me my meds. I developed major anxiety problems, blader, and more bowl anxiety. This was back in 2012 I have found a good pain clinic that prescribes my tramadol . I have to take random drug test i think are so silly but proves i dont abuse drugs. My x used and abuse tramadol, as well as any other drugs legal as well as street drugs so I have seen what it can do to a person and wont go down that track. I guess i nagged him to clean up to many times.

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