Can I transfer to a pain management practice in South Carolina?
Looking to move South Carolina after five years of being successfully treated with injections, nerve blocks, and pain medication after lumbar and acdf surgeries. Took a long time to get some relief, I don't want to move, only to find out I can only get half of my medication or something that's not effective. Does anyone out there have experience with transferring to a Pain in Spine practice in S. Carolina? Thank you.
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Shanman, You should be able to have your records transferred to the pain clinic in SC without a problem. You will probably have to sign for that and the pain management group you go to should transer them to the new group for you. God Bless!
Thank you. My situation has taken a back seat. I have become even more concerned after hearing from my sister about the nightmare she and my brother with a traumatic brain injury and other bodily injuries attained when struck by a tractor truck 40 years ago. They are denying him pain medication demanding information from the accident in December of 1981! His recent pain management records were transferred six months ago, but apparently that's not enough! If that's how they handle care of someone in such a compromised position I fear they have taken a hard-line against pain medication for anyone.
I am so sorry. Praying right now. Sadly, because people abuse pain medicine so much, it hurts those like your brother that need them. God Bless You!
The hurdles you describe are a problem. And S. Carolina did not expand their Medicaid program under the federal gov so some poor and elderly residents do not receive any health care coverage. You need to connect with a pain group near where you are considering moving and obtain acceptance prior to going. This would entail you having your medical records from pain doctor copied or electronically mailed to the new practice. And only after they review your record will they give you an answer. And nothing is written in stone.
Concerning your relatives issue with pain meds, the doctor needs a full picture of how you were injured to compare to where you are now clinically. And with insurance they want to be certain your current insurance will cover their care of you. If your injury was accident related is a third or fourth party responsible for payment? They just want to be sure all the ducks are in a row so payment is assured. Medical debt is a huge problem in this nation. If the records were sent blindly to a practice without setting up with one specific provider may be your issue. They receive many copies of medical records daily by fax, mail, email, etc. and without seeing a name from a medical record that matches a patient in their system the record will go nowhere. Also be aware we have a huge shortage of doctors across the country and much of S. Carolina is rural I believe so take this into consideration too. Good luck.
Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect!
I live in SC- moved from NY a few years ago.
Health Care availability has definitely improved since we moved here. It obviously depends on where you live.
There are now many MUSC satellite medical offices in the state. There are also regional hospitals that are doing the same.
Do you know what medical services are available in your area?
Hello thanks for the reply,
My brother and sister recently moved to Longs in Horry County. My with and I are looking to move to the area and have heard some horror stories about care in general and my severely disabled brother was give a hard time xfering his pain medication down there. I believe I'll have to get assurances from a practice down there, hopefully my Doctor here in CT can help to make it as seamless as possible. I just had a bit of an ordeal here with CVS not being able to provide my medication! I wound up getting a half a prescription. Ill keep y'all posted on this latest issue ;0).. thank you.