How to find a responsive doctor for chronic pain

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I stumbled on this old topic today so a massive thanks to you @RPC for providing an update on the care your wife received.

 

I've recently moved from Ireland and I have MS and chronic pain. I'm due a set of trigger point injections and I'd hoped it would be easy to find a pain clinic here who'll do them. I'm starting to see now that that could mean waiting. We have private health insurance that my husband's company pay into. It's with an Irish insurer who specialise. I wonder would that speed up the refferal process or the fact that I can get my Irish consultants to send direct referrals to the German clinics. I'm still very confused by how it works here. 

 

I'm at the start of what looks like a bad pain flare and too much flying makes that worse so I'd love not to have to fly back to Ireland to get these done! 

 

I'm feeling very lost with the system here. I've yet to sign on with a GP and I'm hoping they don't try messing with my meds as I'm on a heavt dose of pain killers and muscle relaxants that I wouldn't get out of bed in the morning without. 

 

Thank you very much for providing doctor recommendations - it's great to have something to go on and I will look into those. If your wife hasn't heard of it look into the Melt Method. I highly recommend buying their long foam roller https://www.perform-better.de/en/shop/fascia-tools/roles-balls/melt-roller/?listtype=search&searchparam=melt& and the book. Obviously nothing cures the pain but it's the one way I've been able to get some relief to go about my day, particularly during a flare. 

Thanks very much and best of luck to your wife

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On 1/9/2020, 7:05:27, RosieF said:

I stumbled on this old topic today so a massive thanks to you @RPC for providing an update on the care your wife received.

 

I am glad I updated it on time.

 

On 1/9/2020, 7:05:27, RosieF said:

I've recently moved from Ireland and I have MS and chronic pain. I'm due a set of trigger point injections and I'd hoped it would be easy to find a pain clinic here who'll do them. I'm starting to see now that that could mean waiting. We have private health insurance that my husband's company pay into. It's with an Irish insurer who specialise. I wonder would that speed up the refferal process or the fact that I can get my Irish consultants to send direct referrals to the German clinics. I'm still very confused by how it works here.

 

I believe that most German doctors are happy to take private insurance. Since it is not from Germany, I do not know how it would work but between the doctor's office and the insurance, they should be able to work that out. As for referrals, they are usually from a German Hausarzt (GP). I would recommend taking the documentation to a German doctor. I highly recommend the practise of Dr. Messemer in Bockenheim. You can email them in English and they will respond. The doctors speak English and Herr Dr. Messemer is also a specialist in Anesthesiology. You can also email the office of Schmerz Zentrum Frankfurt in English explaining the situation and you might get a faster appointment due to having private insurance.

Now, if you need a neuro surgeon, I can recommend Dr. Mokhtare at the Neurosurgery practise near Frankfurt Zoo. Again, an email in English would usually get a response within a day.

 

If you use Gmail or use aggressive filters on your email client, please check the spam/junk folders for responses. I have had responses from doctors classified as spam a lot.

 

On 1/9/2020, 7:05:27, RosieF said:

If your wife hasn't heard of it look into the Melt Method. I highly recommend buying their long foam roller https://www.perform-better.de/en/shop/fascia-tools/roles-balls/melt-roller/?listtype=search&searchparam=melt& and the book. Obviously nothing cures the pain but it's the one way I've been able to get some relief to go about my day, particularly during a flare. 

 

Thanks a lot for the recommendation. I will pass it on to her.

 

All the best to you!

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