If you get your records transferred from your current pain management doctor/rheumy/GP, and are following the "rules" then there is no reason why you should not be able to continue to get adequate pain control via medication.
I too am in Florida...I think you may really want to get you existing meds and records from your old Dr. My rhumy goes as far as Vicodin and Tremadol....but no referral to pain management ever and I have asked.
Hi Rich, I am in central Florida, and my Rheumy went only so far, then suggested the name of a pill and said to tell my GP that it was all right for him to write it, as he knows that I need it, and he sent a e-mail saying so. I also have a hematologist who watches my blood, and he explained that they (I think the FDA) have a throat hold on dr.s, and have them scared to death, about writing RX for pain. And all the pain clinics want to do is give you shots that don't help, they missed on me once and punctured my lung. My hubby jockingly asked my hematologist, if "they" thought we senior citizens were going to cell our med on the street corner? With a perfectly straight face, he looked at my hubby, and said, yes, and you wouldn't believe how many. I guess this is our goverment's idea of the war on drugs.....we who need it suffer!!!!!! If there is any other way we can help you, just post.:wink2:
It seems you have been having trouble with the pain and medicines. Hi and welcome to the site. If the pain is not managed by the meds you are on then it does need to be adjusted and if this doctor is not helping you than find one that will.
I know it sounds easy and I know that it is not but it does seem that you have 2 choices and that is them. I hope that you feel better soon.