DISCHARGED BY PAIN DR. FOR NO GOOD REASON
6 or 7 years go, I underwent two failed discectomies and then had screws and fusion. My leg pain got better. The surgeon wanted to wait for my back to heal, 9 months to a year, then fuse my neck. I never really got better and I swore off cervical fusion until I was in complete agony. My most recent MRI shows 2 herniations pressing against the spine and one approaching the spine with bone spurring at the base of the neck. I advised my pain mgmt Dr. of 7 years that I would like to be treated closer to home. He replied by sending me a certified letter of discharge stating the reason as "you want to try a place closer to home". He also stated that regardless of whether the new facility takes me as a patient or not, he does not wish to continue our doctor/patient relationship. I had my usual every other month visit scheduled with him in June. Everything was fine until I wanted a change. I'm older, tired, and the ride to his office is lengthy for me and uncomfortable. The new facility I chose, chose NOT to see me as a patient stating they had nothing to offer me. They have on-site edidural injections, physical therapy, radio frequency therapy, in other words, everything I was hoping for. Obviously, after 7 years at the same place, there was no problem or he would have discharged me years ago. I am baffled as to why the new facility would reject me without even seeing me first. Just looking over records faxed by the Dr. that discharged me for no reason. Something stinks here. Is this physician abandonment? And, why is the new Dr. rejecting me?