Help With Finding A Pain Doctor That Takes New Patients And Prescribes Meds In The Bellevue Wa Area. Also Will Drive If Necessary


I need help finding a pain doctor in the bellevue wa state area and will drive further if have to. need doctor thats taking new patients and prescribes pain meds. In chronic pain since 2002 and will try all leeds

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Are you able to get into Seattle, at all?

I can probably find you more listings there, if you can post back and let me know.

Personally, I've found the options in the Bellevue area to be very limited and you generally get much better options if you go into Seattle proper, especially in the U District.


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I am looking for same and can get to seattle

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I have occasional severe back pain and I went to Dr. Escobar in Marysville. I had to tell her firmly that NO I do not need anymore pain killers! I think she over prescribes, but at the same time I've had lower back pain since childhood and one day I had a routine physical with her and it just so happened that my back was out at the time and I could hardly walk into the office. She notice my pain an offered pain killers.......first time I'd taken pain killers and I have to say it improved my quality of life. I just moved and now that I know how nice it is to be able to medicate the pain I'm afraid I won't be able to find another doctor as willing to prescribe. Just be careful!! I always make sure I am taking for pain and that I NEVER take more than recommended dose! It's a slippery slope!

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I am looking for Seattle Dr's. Please help. Everyone I call says no methadone only suboxone...

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Hey, I just started at a Pain Management center in Edmonds, WA. They offer a host of therapies, as well as Opiod treatments. I believe they even offer Subutex/Suboxone for maintenance and for pain. I am currently seeing Dr. Fitzhum there. The place is called Washington Center for Pain Management. They say that they won't prescribe narcotics on your first visit, but as long as you have recent MRIs, CTs, etc as well as a referring doctor they will prescribe meds on your first visit.
A heads up- if they do write you a script then you will have to take a drug screen on the spot as well as sign a contract. If you test positive for anything other than pot or your current prescriptions (or positive for any meds that you aren't prescribed) then they WILL NOT write you a script for anything, and I think they kick you out right away.

Other than the UA's, Dr. Fitzhum, and the Center are pretty compassionate and understanding. I had taken a Percocet from a month old RX because Dr. Fitzhum had put the wrong daily limit on my Norco (10/325) RX and I ran out a day before my appointment. At my next appointment he is going to switch me over to a LA opiate with either Norco (10/325) or Percocet (5/325) for breakthrough. He wanted me to get a 3rd MRI on my lumbar spine to see if surgery is an option or if my sciatica is related to my previous surgeries scar tissue.
My case may be different as I've exhausted all other treatments including PT, massage, epidural injectionssurgery, NSAIDS (Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, Meloxicam), Pregablin, Gabapentin, Neurontin, Topiramate, a TENS unit, traction exercises, meditation, tai qi, qi gong, acupuncture, rest, etc... So opiates were my last option (I've been on them for the better part of a year) and for my pain I've maintained on a relatively small dosage (at the height of my usage I was at 10 Mg of Percocet 9-10 times a day, ATM I'm only on 50-60mg's of Hydrocodone a day) as my pain continues to get worse Dr. Fitzhum has been understanding and raised my dose accordingly. Although my GP was a better doctor and if I was still seeing him I'd probably already be on a long acting med, I just like being able to get my RX every month instead of every week (hence the Pain Center).

Sorry for the rambling, I just though some of my background could give you some insight into what to expect from The Washington Center for Pain Management. They have clinics all over the Puget Sound, including a new clinic in Bellevue. They do offer Buprenorphine, they accept most insurance plans and they are taking new patients. Call about 2 Weeks a head to schedule an appointment as they are a popular Clinic, listed in Seattle Magazines list of top Doctors in Washington.

God bless! May you be happy and healthy in the body and the mind.

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I am in a serious anxiety benzo problem in Washington I live in Kirkland can anyone help have u found help since 02

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Hi do u think she would prescribe my wife and I 90 2 mg colodipin we are in need snd cant find anyone near Seattle

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Hello could u please help me with a doctor who would prescribe 90 2 mg colodipin for my wife and I am in Seattle and would be willing to show my appreciation thsnkd

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Seattle Pain Clinic has clinics in Renton, Seattle, and Tacoma. You must have your primary health provider refer you to a pain clinic. If money is an issue and you are already on that medication I believe you may be able to go to Seamar Health Clinic. It is so important now to have a primary health doctor because of the new insurance laws. They have to refer you out to the specialists or your insurance will not pay for it. WA state has good pain clinics/. It is important that you have someone teach you a little bit about how to use your insurance. Good luck. Also..get your vitamin D3 levels checked. Most of us are deficient and that causes problems also.

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Are you people serious? Do you guys know how you look? I'm floored that there are people on an open forum, pestering folks about where you can get your next fix. Try exercise, meditation or going for a walk. That would be much better for you health wise then stuffing your bodies with Narcotics. Smdh............

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T his is a non-judgemental forum for people with legit difficulties. Perhaps you have never been hit head-on by a drunk driver and had your life totally turned around. I have been treated for pain issues for accidents that were not my fault. I have been meditating, eating organically, lost 30 lbs., and have done everything under the sun to keep myself going including giving thanks every morning for the priviledge of being able to take a pill that will allow me to get out of bed and do dishes, etc. If I can assist someone to find a pain clinic or Dr. who hasn't let the state scare them out of helping people in chronic pain then I feel great about it as I am sure others on her do also. If I could get by without taking pills I would. But you have wrongly assumed that we do not meditate,exercise, or do whatever we can to be healthy and keep our pain levels down. Why would you feel the need to try and shame someone?

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Oh, give me a break! 99.9% of the posts here resemble Drug Seeking behavior. "PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I NEED A DOCTOR TO GIVE ME PAIN MEDS!!" "I NEED A DOCTOR TO PRESCRIBE FOR ME AND MY WIFE!" You don't think that comes off as suspicious?

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To "Barrington".

Why are YOU on the site? Is it just a fun way for you to spend time, attempting to make yourself feel better about yourself by judging people you don't know? Your attitude sickens me. Of course people who are crippled by pain are going to feel anxious and motivated to find relief. Get a life and stop making sweeping generalizations about people who are suffering enough.

If you are in perfect health and go out exercising daily, it makes me curious to know why you are taking the time to read and post without adding anything constructive or even remotely interesting to the discussion.

What is your problem? Read the Terms of Use agreement. You are neither civil nor respectful.

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Thank you for your comment. There may be a few but that shouldn't ruin quality of life for those who truly need pain control to just live a halfway normal life, and to function. I appreciate you taking the time to post on behalf of those who's pain is not under control. It's very difficult. It can effect every single aspect of a life and that is not the way anyone should live. Take good care and thanks again.

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Are u kidding me. You obviously have never had pain. Why are you on here judging people. I pray you never have to go through pain like some of us suffer From.

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Please, please, I need a doctor in Seattle or the Eastside in WA State who is willing to prescribe me opiates such as OxyContin, etc. at high levels due to a debilitating, disfiguring & disabling back injury, along with a herniated disk, deteriated cyatic nerve and brain tumor that effects major controlling parts & functions of my body (pitituary adenoma). My chronic pain has additionally been made worse by two botched back surgeries. I am no longer able to take care of myself, usually are in a wheelchair, are not able to walk for more than 3 feet, cannot standup for more then one minute without experiencing severe back & leg pain pain, cannot twist or bend/stoop at all, have lost use of my left leg (and partially my right one) due to seizure, etc. caused by brain tumor, past chemotherap and constantly falling down or tripping over things due to muscle pain & weakness of legs and back. Need to find doctor that understands that I have tried EVERYTHING available out there that can be prescribed to combat pain and that the only thing that has been effective to treat my chronic pain is opiates. I want a doctor that will listen to me and not what he thinks would be best, along with not conforming to the current political agenda or what all the other doctors are doing because of the state's agenda. I wAnt a doctor who will listen to me, fight for my rights and not leave me in bed in constant pain, unable to fend for myself an any way, shape or manner due to the fact that he thinks I am a drug addict, that I use too much medicine/opiates to treat my problems, that I have sleep apnea (which I do not, because I can only sleep sitting up due to severe pain that is experienced whilst trying to sleep in a prone position). Someone please help me, for as I want to get out of bed and live my life and be with my family, instead of depedong on them for everything! Won't someone please help me? I am above the ground, yes, but I want to be able to enjoy my family and life again.

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Hey. I know you post is over a year old? I am trying to understand. What you meant by. Have your TV d 3 levels checked? I never heard of Vitamins d 3? What is this? What are they checking for with this? Thanks

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Unless u have ptsd or severe annixety, please do not judge ne one who is is serious need of a spacific medication
. Wen u've tried everything else meditation, breathing , ne thing n everything iu can try. You have no idea what people go threw. Wth these severe sicknesses & diseases. Thats a true fact. So do some research first bfore makeing judgement on any one person. And Thank God you do not have to deal with these kind of illnesses.

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Andrea would like to hear follow up on your complex case. I too am complex (and am a professional nurse) but with several FBS as you mentioned and a history of heavy opioids for pain what happened to your PM specialist?


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Is there anyone out there who would be be willing to help start a GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT that will help people w/ pain who REALLY NEED meds? I have fibromyalgia, degenerative disk disease, and huge fall out from an accident w/ broken bones that led to a pulmonary embolism, and even more fallout from that--arthtitis, and more-- in other words---I'm a mess. Even with records of years of treatment, and a safe record with very small amounts of hydrocodone, I am finding my doctors less and less willing to proscribe pain meds. Have found relief for the fibro in Lyrica--which costs a small fortune, also Tramadol helps w/ the back. BUT there are always those Bad Days---you know the ones. Where all you do [when you don't have hydro or something similar], is just curl up in bed, or recliner, w/ a heating pad and whimper [a lot] you can't even get it together enough to get to emergency room--it just hurts too much. And the depression that goes with all this? *sigh* Now on top of all this politicians have decided to get between doctors and their patients, restricting what a person who is a medical specialist, can do what they feel/know is right for treatment. Doctors are in Real Fear of what legal repercussions can come down on them, Washington State has some of the most restrictive laws around. I would really like to help change this. If there is anyone out there--nurse-lawyer-doctor-pain sufferer-care giver-relative or friend of a person w/ awful pain---or just someone who wants a good cause to put time and effort into. PLEASE POST HERE. I will try to stay on top of all reply's--please forgive if this is a few days lax at times, the pain drives me into a hellish cave where i hide [and whimper]. Any and all ideas are welcome--one never knows where that 1st spark that lights the flame will come from. ------till later, stay warm, read, watch TV, go online --what ever it takes--care.......

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Re: Barrington (# 12) Expand Referenced Message

Thank God this person was banned. They don’t know what’s it’s like to be in constant pain. Sooner or later, they will find out!!

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Re: Sissy (# 57) Expand Referenced Message

Sissy, yep, head down low. Silly me, asking to take 11/2. I knew better. But that's exactly what I had been doing, not that I told her that. So, out of some feeling of honesty, I wanted her approval. Now is no time to be asking for increase. In these present times, I should just be quiet, not draw attention. You're absolutely right. Will do. You never saw me. ;)

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Re: JMJ (# 56) Expand Referenced Message

JMJ.... I can't sue Medtronic because of a legal loophole called "Preemption". Basically, because the FDA was given legal authority over medical device manufacturers, NO ONE can sue them in State Court. It's a complicated legal issue that I have researched thoroughly. I was a Paralegal before I was disabled from a serious car accident in 1995. There is a legal decision from the Supreme Court in Riegel vs. Medtronic, that stripped away my legal right to sue them. There have been Bill's introduced to Congress since 2001 trying to close that loophole, but every year they die in the Health Committee, never even getting a chance to be voted on. Talk about the lobbying power of Big Pharma!!!!

So, there have been 14 deaths tied DIRECTLY to these pumps malfunctioning and even those families can NOT sue!! OUTRAGEOUS!! I get so friggin mad just thinking about all these issues AND trying not to lose my mind from the pain im in every minute of every day. Sorry....had to vent for a minute.

Anyway, I REALLY appreciate reading your posts, and I appreciate your understanding. I'm a Maw Maw too....and I want to enjoy my grandbabies too. in no frame of mind to be around them..they are too young to understand why I can't get out of the recliner and off my heating pad.

From one friend to another, I wouldn't ask for an increase right now if I were you. I would try to ride it out with what you have. Many are being sent to PM and drastically cut or dropped for asking for an increase. Keep your head down right now my friend. Try your best to fly under the radar for as long as you can. Best wishes to you.

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Re: Sissy (# 55) Expand Referenced Message

Sissy, it's so sad what they've done to you. And for what??? Oh yes, getting an infection from the pump they so graciously installed. So now, it seems, you have nothing to control your pain. THIS MAKES ME SO MAD!

At this point I am not in PM. Family doc has prescribed. She left, then NP agreed to continue my pain care. SHE left, and it seems the temporary doc will continue my care. A lovely person, but I make her nervous, I can tell. Since she is only a fill in, I'm inclined to think she will continue what I have been prescribed. 10mg. 1 6x a day. 120 a month. To me, having taken this for at least 2 years, this is not high dose. When I asked to take 11/2 she thought I was getting dangerously close to OD levels. She thinks 10mg is "a very high dose". Truly she was kind and sympathetic about the issues I deal with, trigeminal neuralgia, rheumatoid, fibromyalgia, stroke leftovers, thoracic outlet syndrome, to name just a few. None of us CPP's asked for this. Plus, no spring chicken here, I just want to enjoy my grandkids, kick some ass in my gardens, refinish furniture and be productive. Take away my med and I turn into a new unproductive slug. We all hate that. Most of us are not lazy. Places to go people to see, babies to play with.

Did you end up participating in any of the lawsuits against makers of those pumps? You deserve some sort of compensation for your suffering.

Funny, doctors seem more concerned about our BMI than our P-A-I-N. Pain just is. Always will be. We have no expectation of being pain free, just in less pain. God bless you Sissy, and help you cope. People like you make me step back and count my blessings.

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Re: JMJ (# 54) Expand Referenced Message

Thank you for your post. I have been through a lot with the pumps. The manufacturer (Medtronic) of the pumps also makes the stimulator. I can't make the decision for you as you know. However, you do need to be FULLY informed of the risks of both of them because PM is pushing them both HARD on us CP patients. As I have said in many of my posts, these docs get large commissions on each stimulator or pump that they implant. Go to the FDA site and search...medical device recalls....then Medtronic. They have been the subject of 33 Class 1 recalls (the most severe) and were even completely shut down for a while due to failing quality control inspections/ regulations by the FDA and Dept. Of Justice.

I've had the stimulator (at Duke University) too. I ended up having 8 surgeries trying to keep it. The leads in my spine kept migrating. The last surgery they took it out because it would only stimulate around my rib cage.

I was dropped from PM with no notice or taper after I got BACTERIAL MENINGITIS. My doc was mad because I did NOT want to get another PUMP. Can you blame me? The last one almost KILLED me.

I went cold turkey off of 50 mcg. Fentanyl Patches, 4 (4mg. ) Hydromorphone a day, and 2400 mg. Gabapentin all at once. I went through 3 months of the worst withdrawal you could imagine!

I went from being semi-productive to recliner bound/housebound in ABSOLUTE AGONY!! I am about to have a heart attack or stroke if I can't find some help. My blood pressure is 175/105 every day with a pulse rate in the 130s. Ers in Arkansas will NOT HELP.

I'm lost, struggling to live through each HOUR. Please pray for us all.

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Re: Sissy (# 53) Expand Referenced Message

Sissy, I am floored by your post and the suffering pain pumps have put you through. Wow, I had no idea the risks associated with them. I really need to read up. If I am faxed with the choice of pump or nothing, and that's not so far down the road, what should I do, besides find another Seriously, if opioid become impossible to be perscribed, what is our optoon. I understand the pump does deliver controlled pain med, but it scares me. Especially after reading your post! And, what are you doing now for your pain? Thanks for your posting.

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Re: iamdb (# 29) Expand Referenced Message

I know how you feel!! I had four pumps over the last 23 years. The first two worked fine. Then I moved from Virginia to Arkansas. The third pump never worked right from the start. The catheter broke, so I had to have THREE surgeries to fix it. Then the pump battery died prematurely and it took my doctors 2 weeks to get me into surgery. All the while I went through complete withdrawal cold turkey. It was 8 weeks before they put medicine in the pump. They put saline in it in the OR.

The fourth pump either overdosed me one day, or underdosed me the next. It got infected during a refill. Doc left it in me, infected, for over 8 weeks until I was found unconscious on the floor. I was rushed to the hospital.

I had to fight for my life as I had developed BACTERIAL SPINAL MENINGITIS. My fever was 106. In the ICU for 3 weeks. They took the pump out. In hospital total of 6 weeks.

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Re: damon (# 8) Expand Referenced Message

Dr Micheal Sanders in New York is great. However, I need better pain meds if u know of a doc in ny?

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Christina, I feel bad for you. Many doctors who wrote prescriptions are now being sued by ambulance chasers who make millions from doctors and their insurance companies. People like you have to suffer while they get rich and the rest of the doctors are now afraid to prescribe painkillers in situations like yours because these rich ambulance chasers might prey after them.

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Hi Jim, my name is Christina. In the same boat as everyone else here. Like you, I also have? CRPS aka RSD. For those who don't know what that is... crps=chronic regional pain Syndrome & rsd=Reflex sympathetic dystrophy. I got that permanent nerve disease after i suffered a serious comminuted fracture of the tibia. Comminuted=shattered? Dr screwed my surgery up and i have to wear a long heavy plastic & metal brace forever. I also have sciatic neuropathy in both legs, also have severe neck, back pain in my bones, muscles & nerves. I saw a pm dr who rx'd a lot of morphine, oxy, then each mo. my pcp would renew that rx. I came up positive for pot & he cut me off completely. After 15 yrs pain relief, I'm really struggling. I just can't find anything anymore & I'm freaking out! I'm not looking for the high dose as before, but this is sooo messed up! I'm in Kitsap county, wa. I really wish i could find a way to get the meds i need to function, but I'm very discouraged after reading these posts that I'll ever be able to find a dr willing to help. Can anyone help me?

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