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    My Pain Doctor in WA state Raided, I am without my meds! Help!?!

    I live in WA state and my PM doctor was raided last week by the DEA. His office is now closed and I have been seeing him for 3 years now for treatment of my pain in my back, neck and legs due to an accident. I also suffer from chronic pain all over my body. I had an appointment today to fill my 15mg Oxycodones (#120/mo) and his office was closed until further notice. I am in so much pain and have medical insurance thru my work, but have no idea where I can find a doctor in WA state to help me. As I am sure many of you can understand, if I dont get my medication soon, I will be a mess. Can someone please Private Message me a doctor that specializes in pain medicine in WA state (not BS topical treatments) in my area that I can visit soon to help me get my medications? It is so sad that we live in a day and age where we have to go to these extremes to get the help we need with pain, but I am desperate here and could really use some help from you guys to get me set up again with pain medicine. I have tried searching for pain clinics, but am afraid I will go there and be turned away with crap that doesnt work for my intense pains. Will someone please help me? I really appreciate any and all info you guys can give me to narrow my search.
    Thanks to all!

    #2
    Contact the DEA or someone involved in closing his office and tell them you need these meds & ask where should you go to get them. There had to have been some arrangements made to handle legit patients.
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      #3
      Oops! Forget my last post. Looks like your state doesn't care how much pain you are in...
      Have you contacted these people? Pain Relief Network
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        #4
        I just added that PRN to my links. Thanks.

        I have to say that I had to call over 15 clinics today and none of them provide pain medications (and those are all the ones covered by my health insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield). I found a doctor in Tacoma that takes a $100 cash deposit and is a pain management doctor. I am bringing my empty pill bottles for him to see what my former pain doctor was giving me. I get the impression this new Dr. will get me back to where I was, because his nurse knew the former Dr. and said that this new doctor has taken on some of his former patients as well. So I am hoping this guy gives me what I normally take and doesnt expect an arm and a leg in return each month for a refill. Is that how it normally works at pain management offices? At the raided Dr.'s office, everyone paid $100 cash every month to have their meds filled. Is the pain management clinic the same concept? Is that why I paid $100 for a "deposit"? I read about this new Dr. and it turns out he also prescribes medical marijuana (although I get that from somewhere else) and he wanted cash only. I am assuming these two doctors have a lot in common for practices of medicine.

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          #5
          100.00 deposit sounds like a drug dealer to me. I never heard of such a thing, and would wonder about the legitimacy of any doctor that operates this way. I can see it if he is actually scheduling you for a legitimate appointment and exam every month, but just to fill a scrip for you? sounds illegal. Probably is.
          Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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            #6
            this is interesting. I go to a pain doctor who I must be referred to by my Gp. then he sends his findings to my general practitioner and the Gp writes the scripts every month. why not go to your gp? my pain doctor also is a phisiatrist, has a lot of sci patients. which is the first thing I asked when looking for a pain doctor who prescribed meds. he is going to change what im taking, but at least I have pain management after my pain doctor dumped me because he felt I should see a doctor who treated sci patients. which he did not. he did me a favor by dumping me. Id contact your nearest sci center if you cant find someone on your list. that is what I had to do, and it is working out. because as it turns out, he is the first doc who knows about what I actually feel. not what he read after we met, but from treating lots of other sci patients. the whole paying cash thing seems shady, I'v never had to pay (except the ten bucks co pay)deposits for medication. I have been a gimp for nine years now. and what does the dr have to do with the money for meds anyway? its the pharmacy who you pay for the drugs is'nt it? and he writes the scripts or tells your primary dr what you should take and how much.

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              #7
              ps since you are a long time user of this medication, your gp should be able to give you a small script until you can get in to see a pain specialist. must be something less restricted, safer and more effective than oxy anyway so be open minded and prepared for changes after seeing an sci pain doctor.

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                #8
                I think Jody is onto something. Try to find a physiatrist who has experience with neuropathic pain, and hopefully with SCI, who is willing to help.

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                  #9
                  i live in tacoma washington and about a month ago i got in a head on car collision. i was diagnosed with a sprain and fructure in my lumbar and sciatica nerve damage up and down both side of my hip. my doctor refused my refills for my pain medication even though both my physical therypists have recomended they continue the scrpit. this issue has put a hugr hinderance on my life im constantly in pain and my daughter is missing out on an active life with her father ( me ) if any one out there know a good doctor that can help me with this issue it would be greatly appreciated please reply asap thank you soo much and if you could tell me where i can find this clinic that frank footer speaks of that would be awsome!!!!!

                  nick, tacoma washington

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                    #10
                    a private meesage would be great please im in allot of pain and as you can imagine my whole life is currently on hold any help is much appreciated thanks

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                      #11
                      No need to pm...we're all friends here...whatcha need?

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                        #12
                        ok, so i've edited this and most was lost because around 1 a.m. pst, cc backs up or something. i copied it, but all i got back is this. grrr. so am rewriting.

                        http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/new...rces/pain.html

                        wise knows dr. cardenas at UW. maybe he'll chime in. UW is one of biggest rehab places around (although i don't much care for them).

                        swedish is also well known:

                        http://www.swedish.org/12652.cfm

                        Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland has a good pain clinic; i have bc/bs and an out of pocket 100 bucks should be a red flag. i have read of no raids in seattle (ca has had pot raids: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090205/...rnia_marijuana )
                        there should be no prob with pain management here; pot is also legal.

                        i know virginia mason is good:

                        https://www.virginiamason.org/home/body.cfm?id=871

                        i have bc/bs. never have had a prob here in WA.
                        Last edited by cass; 5 Feb 2009, 5:33 AM.

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                          #13
                          thanks

                          thanks for the reply i appreciate it i will give those a try and blog back and let you know

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                            #14
                            I am also in wa. most of the places I call tell me before I even make an appointment that the are not treating pain with narcs. I have 3 compressed vers and a broken L3. I just got insurance because I could not stand the pain anymore. Where should I start family practice or ortho do I need a referral ?
                            Last edited by pezotac; 6 Feb 2009, 11:06 AM.

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                              #15
                              good luck play. with bc/bs, you should have no prob. and please let me know. i can contact the pain doc at evergreen personally.

                              pezo, who is your insurance carrier? that determines where you start.

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