Anyone ever experience this with their family doctor, or GP?
So, most of you probably know that, prior to being placed back on hydrocodone for my pain, I was on Suboxone for a pretty long time. While I was being treated with Suboxone, I felt great. Since being dismissed from my Suboxone pain management group, I have searched and searched for doctors who use Suboxone (or zubsolv, or any of the other buprenorphine sublingual films) for chronic pain.
Well, I have since been referred to two pain management doctors, neither of which have been worth a darn. I told my family doctor that I needed to be in a pain management group that uses Suboxone for pain (because hydrocodone, or any pain medication that alters my mood results in me having mood swings- up when the drug kicks in, and down when the drug is clearing. I hate the feeling of false senses of well-being because I know that the medication is responsible for it. I dislike any drug that I can "feel" starting to work.)
The first time I told him that, he sent me to a doctor who was listed in the Suboxone Dr finder, and also used Suboxone for pain. However, my first visit with this doctor he made it clear that he didn't use Suboxone for pain because it's a mess with insurance. This doctor, however, was an extremely arrogant, and lazy, dr. So, I went back to my doctor, and asked for a referral to somewhere, anywhere, else that used Suboxone. The place he sent me this time told me they never use Suboxone, so I had to be put back on hydrocodone, and I hated it. Naturally, I went back to my family doctor, and this is where things get weird.
My doctor suggesting that I look up IU Pain Center, and call them and ask if their doctors use Suboxone. I did, and after I told the receptionist that my doctor advised me to call them and ask whether their pain management doctors use suboxone as a pain treatment, she promptly, and succinctly, told me that "we do not discuss treatments over the phone. If your doctor really wanted to know, he should have called." I agreed with what she said, and started wondering, "Is my family doctor even trying to help me?"
In short, he put the responsibility on me to find a doctor who uses suboxone for pain, which seemed to me to be a very stupid way of finding a doctor. First off, HE is the doctor. HE is the one who has colleagues that he could ask. Even if he didn't want to try to find a Suboxone pain management dr, he would have had his staff try to find one. I know NO other doctors aside from my own. So how in the world am I supposed to even begin to find a pain management dr who uses Suboxone. Needless to say, I am very upset with my Dr because he always told me that I am like a son to him, since he knew me before I was a patient because I used to take my grandma to him, sometimes 3 times a week when she was really ill. My family doctors admitted that he almost took the 8HR onilne course to get certified to Rx Suboxone because of the benefits it has over regular narcotics (Yes, I know Suboxone is a narcoti).
It just seems really odd for a doctor to put the responsibiity of finding a pain management dr who uses a specific medication, off-label, to treat pain. Surely he has colleagues he could ask and find one Dr who uses Suboxone in their pain management practice. Does anyone else think that my doctor was wrong in putting the responsibility on me to find a Dr? Also, isn't that technically the first step of dr shopping? No doctor's office is going to tell me the specifics of their practice, such as what drugs they use the most. They would tell my family Dr though, but he doesn't seem to view this as a priority. It's been almost a year, and I still am on hydrocodone and my doctor doesn't seem to want to help me, hence; he had me try to find a pain doctor who prescribes suboxone, and told me onceI found one, he'd refer me to them.
Maybe I am just being overly sensitive to the whole thing, but I don't think it's normal for a doctor to tell a patient to call another pain doctor and see what drugs they use. No office is going to answer that question. My doctor even told me to go on ProPublic.com and see which doctors prescribe suboxone the most, and then research those doctors and see if they are a pain group. Sorry, but to me, that is something that the dr is supposed to do, not the patient.
P.S.: I know I ranted and went off on a tangent here and there, but it wouldn't be a true post from me if I hadn't gone off on a tangent. It's becoming more and more normal in my posts for me to lose focus on what I am talking about, and just go from one rant to another. Guess it's time to have the ADD treated again:(