March 2, 2010
Update on Sean's Pain Management Fight
I just returned from the pain management clinic. What an experience! I had to take a drug test and learned that there is a database (PDMT) kept by the state that my name is on due to being on pain meds. I have to say I was horrified to find that the state is tracking my prescription use. While I understand there being a drug culture what gives them the right to track this with out my knowledge?
This doctors "office" was crazy. The office was dirty and in no way felt like a medical facility. It was located in a warehouse and felt like one. There was no lobby and chairs had to be fetched from other rooms for waiting patients. The exam room was actually an acupuncture room that had once been an x-ray room. There was a fight (yelling) between one patient and the doctor and people walked out of their appointments. The staff was unfamiliar with this "satellite" office and needed our assistance to give driving directions to other patients.
Moving on to the consultation. Once again I am faced with the choice of being a guinea pig for new drugs and therapies instead of being allowed to just continue the therapy that my general practitioner and I have found to work. The doctor seemed competent but actually stated she did not care about what I had tried in the past she was just looking to start over with the process. She was more than happy to prescribe opiates but wanted to take me through all the trial and error I have already done. However her willingness to send info to my GP is reassuring as I will continue to consult him through all therapies. The next steps for this clinic is for my drug test to come back from the lab and for the PDMT report to return clean. Then they will determine if I can be accepted into the program.
Overall I was very uncomfortable with this whole visit and on Friday I am going to another pain management clinic to discuss alternative medications.