Desperate for a good pain mgt dr in AL or FL!

If anyone has a friend, family member, or better yet, a personal experience or can recommend a pain management physician anywhere around my area (Enterprise, AL), or as far away as either Panama City, FL (or PCBeach) or Montgomery,AL, PLEASE let me know. If you could ask friends and family, I'd greatly appreciate it.

I let my health insurance refer me to my physician at South East Pain Management in Dothan, AL, and I can't stress enough what a horrible experience I have had with Dr Marsella.

He has literally told me 'read my lips' when I was questioning how to gradually increase my medication as he had written it. Even the pharmacist in Rite Aid didn't understand it. They actually rewrote the label on my medication (Gabapentin) so it was actually understandable.

I've been told it is NOT possible to change doctors within that medical practice, and Dr Sheddin, the only other Pain Mgt dr in the area, has a 3 month waiting list.

I think he doesn't believe the diagnosis I received at Univ of Alabama, Birmingham. It's terribly frustrating. Why would I volunteer for a urinalist if I was a drug seeker? Obviously I'm not.

Soooo frustrating. Your doctor is supposed to work with you, not be a jerk and work against you :(

Sorry for your frustration and your pain. When I was looking for an endo years ago, I searched the local medical centers/ university hospitals. They had a list of all the endos on staff, their background, research, etc. I was able to pick and choose.

I do live in a large cosmopolitan area, so there were several universities, as well as several highly regarded hospitals. You might start with the universities.

Just a suggestion. Hope it helps.

I called the doctor's office that originally diagnosed me and AMEN! they apparently felt sorry for me and my situation and got me in to see him THIS FRIDAY! woo hoo!

it's a 4 1/2 hr drive, and driving is painful, but I will do whatever is necessary to, hopefully, get a referral from someone I can trust.

Fingers crossed he will know someone to recommend, and hopefully even be able to personally get a referral in!

Thanks for the suggestion. This doctor is actually the closest university.