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    Lost in Tucson, Az
    jeminmystic posted:
    Injured in 1980s, had multiple surgeries followed by PT and Pain Management. Swam and exercised, worked full time and raised 2 boys alone until legs gave out in mid 90s. Had a back fusion with instrumentation in lumbar...everything got even worse. Took 2 years and multiple Pain clinics to get me seemingly alive yet totally disabled again. Lived quietly since with a drug regiment established at John Hopkins in early 2000. Have worn a fentanyl patch and taken 2-3 Vicodin/ day for >12 years. Amounts have stayed the same. Have tried changing as new stuff appeared. Have visited doctors and clinics as they find new procedures but have returned to the patch and Vicodin repeatedly as the best solution for me. I am mobile, can walk relatively long distances and take care of myself. My days are slow and every third one I am mostly resting. I have had a compassionate personal physician who sees me monthly and prescribes my narcotics monthly and refers me to specialists as problems occur..seizures, stroke, heart problems, etc. I have traveled from !new England during severe weather to warmer climates a few times and I call my doctor, he sends prescription to me or family and I have them filled where I am. That doctor, 47 yrs old, died a month ago. His office has a nurse practitioner replacing him until they find a doc. She refused to prescribe meds without seeing me. I have a few days of meds left on me. Me, husband, 2 dogs in an RV need a responsive compassionate doctor in Tucson. Can anyone help?
    davedsel2 responded:
    Hello and welcome.

    I am sorry for the loss of your trusted physician. I'm afraid I must agree with the new NP. It is extremely rare that any doctor would prescribe any type of medication without seeing you first. Actually, I would trust a doctor that insists on seeing you more than one that would blindly prescribes something if they did not know you.

    In time, if you continue seeing this nurse practitioner and stay with that office, they may prescribe or renew without seeing you. I've been with my doctor for over 15 years. I have no trouble getting scripts renewed when they expire for existing medications. If new symptoms arise, they insist on my coming in for a sick visit.

    You could consider going to an urgent care facility in the area you are now in, or even a hospital emergency room if the pain becomes unbearable. It sounds to me like you have to accept the fact that you will need to see someone to get your medication. There are a great deal of new laws and regulations now governing the prescribing of pain medications, and health care professionals must abide by these or risk fines and/or losing their licenses.

    I pray you can find solutions and get relief soon.
    Please click on my username or avatar picture to read my story.


    jeminmystic replied to davedsel2's response:
    I think you misunderstand my post. I am asking that someone in the Tucson area give me the name of a good physician near me. I am happy you believe in ethical good medical do I. That has little to do with the choice this office leaves me which is using 1/2 of this months soc sec check to fly to see this nurse or driving for 11 days while in horrible pain. I have had a long term relationship with this practice. They have my records, another doctor could review my history and provide me a enough meds to get home. Since they won't, I need a doctor where I am. That is all I asked on this discussion. Didn't need a lecture on good medical practice today but Thanks.
    An_255018 replied to jeminmystic's response:
    It is against the rules in all WebMD communities to recommend a physician by name. The internet or a phone book could be more helpful for you.
    bj1208 replied to jeminmystic's response:
    Hi and welcome back -

    Under the guidelines of WEBMD we cannot list any personal information relating to physicians, hospitals or our private info. This is all in the guidelines set forth when you made your account.

    The best thing we can suggest is to use search engine at the top of this page labeled 'DOCTORS' this will ask what you are looking for in your area.

    As a side note, we don't know where anyone is located unless they put their state down and I don't recall any members saying they are from AZ.

    Since you are traveling in an RV, if you have made any friends in the RV parks you may want to ask them if they know of one. Sometimes you may run into someone who knows. If you can get your hands on a phone book (yellow pages) you may be able to find a PHYSIATRIS Pain Specialist. (am sure you are familiar with them).

    Hope you can find someone where you are. Take care~~
    ~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
    ~~ Joy ~~
    trs1960 replied to bj1208's response:
    Without mentioning names I thought one of the biggest spine clinics in the US is in AZ. I don't know how close to Tucson.

    Your problem is you have very little time. Like Dave said you may have to go to urgent care until you can get in with a pain doc/clinic

    You can go to google and search on doctors by specialty and area

    Good luck

    tuloud54 responded:
    Sounds like you have been to you know what and back! I recently moved to Mesa.Az from Florida in October and found my dr on Google. I would go to some type of clinic/er,emergency care because you are so limited on time. This is the proplem we all face because doctors will continue to die,move,retire.It is scary to be tagged to one person for our well being. Even if I gave you my doctors name and he is great, he could do nothing without a little time. So sorry we can't do more but maybe ask the doctors np you have used if she could offer more help? You deserve an easier time getting your meds.God bless you and stay safe. Tom
    jeminmystic replied to tuloud54's response:
    Thank you. I was able to find the last pain specialist I saw and he is helping me get through the 2 weeks needed to get to his clinic. The NP refused to write a referral to a pain specialist. She hasn't even spoken to me, has her office staff leave voice messages. She said the only service they will provide is the continuing refills of my blood pressure and seizure meds. Neither of which have ever been prescribed by the doctor for whom she is covering. Think she may be on a bit of a power trip or has a firm aversion to pain patients.
    jeminmystic replied to bj1208's response:
    Thank you, Joy. May you have many moments where you are able to forget the pain.
    bj1208 replied to jeminmystic's response:
    Hi Jeminmystic -

    WOW it does sound as though your docs nurse is doing what would normally happen - CYA (cover her A_ _)

    I do hope that you can get through this all - it's better to see a pain specialist for chronic pains as they are more capable of helping.

    My husband and I (actually he is doing this) are remodeling our house to get it up to date and more attractive and will be putting it on the market to which we will be purchasing an RV - he still has a few more years with the Union before he retires but then we will be traveling. I have told him of my fears as I will only be able to see my PHYSIATRIST Pain doc and get my scripts filled where we are. I do know that in most states there have been blocks put on the meds I take so I know it will be hard and I would either have to fly back or we drive back to where we reside for this.

    Please keep us posted on your trips etc and how you are doing - take care~~
    ~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
    ~~ Joy ~~

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