I've just started East TN Pain Clinic and have been very pleased with the care. The docs are great & do not hand out the same drug menus to everyone - they treat each individual's pain and by no means wants their pts to be 'zombies'- just able to live life without letting chronic pain rule theirs. They do background check & psych interview one each new pt and goes strictly by the book (each pt has documented reason for pain). They also do other methods such as series of epidural shots (have ruptured discs and although it is not a cure, it did help).The title of this thread is East Tennessee Pain Clinic Review. As such, with more than 300 posts, I was expecting to find a number of knowledgable individuals who are actually patients of various eastern Tn pain clinics with informative opinions to share with those who are truly in need of legitimate pain management.
BOY WAS I WRONG!!!
For those who have no interest in becoming a patient of an east Tn pain clinic, as well as those of you who are against pain specialists, medications etc, PLEASE START A NEW THREAD with its OWN title that applies to you and your beliefs. CLEARLY, this thread is NOT for you.
*If anyone has positive information to share regarding your experiences with a pain management center located in eastern Tn, please feel free to do so with as much info as you're comfortable sharing. Chronic pain stems from a wide array of sources, from car accident back and neck injuries, to painful progressively worsening diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia etc... just to name a few. Many clinics only specialize in treating accident related injuries, while some treat autoimmune diseases alone. Some require a ton of past records, while others only a few that are pertinent to your condition. Most all clinics now will accept patients who live within a 100 mile radius. Information such as this is very helpful to those seeking a pain management physician.*
The office is clean and located in a hospital setting and not in a 'shady' place of town (one of my co-workers is so afraid of some of the pts at the one she goes to she has her husband go with her).
The staff is great and the MDs have over 30 yrs experience (board certified which any specialist you go to should have). That reason and the fact the MD does not start with the same exact meds afor every pt is why I choose East TN Pain Clinic.
People should not label anyone who goes to a clinic automatically as a junkie - no one should live in chronic pain because of narrow-minded views. of course, they ones that abuse the clinics makes it difficult for the legit ones.