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I am having trouble. I got a referral from my primary doctor to go to a pain clinic, but my insurance doesn't have anyone within 30 miles of me, so they said they'd approve someone outside the network. But I've called probably 7 or 8 different places (some of them more than once when I got transferred around) and the places I've found either a. don't accept outpatients (inpatient only - hospitals) or b. refuse to even consider taking the approval from my insurance.

I don't know what to do, and with the weather changing, I'm in a lot more pain than usual. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Date: 2009-12-17 12:38 pm (UTC)
hatman: HatMan, my alter ego and face on the 'net (Default)
From: [personal profile] hatman
What, exactly, do you mean by "pain clinic"?

If you mean an intensive program that lasts a couple of weeks, in which case it might be worth a bit of travel. I know the Mayo Clinic, for example, has, in addition to the fibro clinic, an outpatient pain program (you come in for a few hours every day for two weeks). It's a few states over, but if things are that bad, it could well be worth the investment.

If you mean something like a rheumatologist, I'd suggest calling your primary doctor and asking for... well, a referral. (Not the insurance paperwork kind, but a specific suggestion of where to go.)

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