You Dr. can no longer prescribe you p...

You Dr. can no longer prescribe you pain medication in Tennessee!!

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Since: Jun 09

Unionville, TN

#1 Feb 4, 2012
As of 01/01/2012 your primary care physician can no longer prescribe you medication for pain (narcotics), he must send you to a pain management specialist even if you are in severe pain. The Tennessee Government has removed your family doctor from performing his/her job. Haslam feels your doctor isn't qualified to treat you. Now you must pay more/higher co-pays to a pain management specialist rather than the much lesser amount you would pay your primary care physician. Now you must get an appointment with a pain management specialist and wait in a long line after driving into M'Boro or Nashville all the time suffering pain. If you have a wisdom tooth removed/cut out once the anesthesia wears off you have to see a pain management specialist to get a small amount or relief. But before the PMS or pain management specialist you will wait in a long line after waiting as long as several weeks for an appointment. Them the PMS will not prescribe you enough medication to relieve your pain as the State of Tennessee has told the PMS doctors not to give the patients enough to do a good job, and the PMS doctors are scared to death of the state and federal governments because they often arrest a Dr. for prescribing narcotics then after the Dr's medical practice is totally destroyed the govt. drops the charges without even an apology. I would not want to be a doctor in Tennessee these days. Your medical career could go up in smoke if you happened to fall into some over zealous law enforcement officials radar screen.
I guess Tennessee is not the place to get injured as you will suffer horrendous pain unless the Dr. that treats you actually breaks the law and commits a felony. This is your Tennessee government at work! What if you have a family member that needs a narcotic for pain after an automobile accident, surgery for cancer or even a knee replacement. Tennessee is being run by the holy rollers whom believe prayer is all anyone needs to circumvent horrendous pain in Tennessee.
Vote out any sitting politician in Tennessee! Your life or the life of a family member may be in danger in Tennessee!

Crossville, TN

#3 Jan 14, 2013
I agree. No one has mentioned that these laws are not just causing thousands of compliant, law abiding citizens of TN to suffer horrible pain without adequate care- since the DEA is really running your medical, but because patients are forced to try doctor after doctor trying to find one who will help-that is not doctor shopping if you are not receiving adequate care from your doctor-it costs Medicaid and Medicare millions in all of these completely unnecessary visits. Aren't we trying to cut out Medicare abuse? TN lawmakers did not think this through. Too many publicity newspaper articles featuring the mom looking at the picture of her kid who died of an od because he couldn't folliw instructions. How about more articles with pictures of Granny in a cheesy TN Pain Mgmt Clinic sobbing in pain becauae they want to give her a TENS unit and not write a prescription to help her pain. Oh yeah, the state is also not admitting that crime and hetoin, coxaine, and meth usage is increasing proportionately. TN, VA and KY get off the witch hunt and let the PCP's do their jobs which can include writing a prescription for pain relief.

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