What should I expect at my initial visit with Prime Medical Pain Management?At the initial visit, you will be evaluated by a pain management physician or nurse practitioner. You will be asked questions about your medical history and a thorough physical exam will be performed to evaluate your areas of pain. Please bring all MRI, X-Ray results reports to your visit. Also, make sure you bring your insurance card and driver’s license.
What medications are most commonly used to manage pain?
While drug therapies differ for each person, the most common are:
- Adjuvant pain medications, including: antidepressants, anticonvulsants and muscle relaxers.
- Opiates or “pain killers” used to treat acute pain or cancer-related pain, and often prescribed for chronic pain.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs to alleviate pain by reducing swelling and irritation.
- There are alternative delivery methods for medications. Common methods used by Prime Medical Pain Management are oral medications, topical creams, sublingual medicines, injections and patches.
Will I be prescribed medications during my first visit with Prime Medical Pain Management?Each treatment plan is individualized and specific to the patient and their condition. There is no guarantee that a patient will receive a prescription after visiting with the provider. After examination, the provider will recommend a treatment plan or refer appropriately.
Can I get a refill on my pain medications without an appointment?Because many medications are controlled, you need to be seen on a regular basis to continue getting prescriptions for these medications. We are unable to refill or prescribe controlled substances after hours, on weekends, or on holidays.
Do you replace lost or stolen prescriptions?We are unable to replace lost or stolen prescriptions. You will need to be evaluated in the office by a provider in order to receive an alternative medication. It should be noted that we do not carry any medication in house.
What happens if the new medication that I was prescribed is not working?We recommend that you allow the new medications up to 2-6 weeks to take effect. Due to adverse effects, we are unable to change controlled substances on a frequent basis.
Am I allowed to take medications from other doctors?All pain medications should only be prescribed by a Prime Medical Pain Management provider. Medications other than pain medications can be prescribed by other physicians. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have received any pain medication from another healthcare provider (including dentist, emergency department).
What happens if I have increased pain after regular business hours?Contact or visit your nearest emergency room. We are unable to prescribe controlled substances after hours, on weekends, or on holidays.
Can I operate a vehicle while taking these medications?All controlled medications and many other medications we prescribe can cause drowsiness and alter your judgment. It is recommended that you take great caution and avoid if possible operating machinery that may cause harm to you or others.Please follow the pharmacist’s instructions carefully as well as those listed on the prescription.