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Old 03-02-2012, 02:18 AM
 
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I need to find new doctors here in Knoxville. I am in the Bearden area. I have absolutely no idea how to go about it. I had the same docs in Nashville for many years. I could continue to just go to them but the thoughts of all that driving just to see a doc on a regular basis makes me cringe lol

I need to start off with just a general practitioner/family doc so he can refer me to the specialists I need. I am getting to the age that I need regular physicals and such so I want a good doc who gets to put up with me for a long time to come Two specialists I will need will be a neurologist and a pain management specialist to do my steroid injections in my back and neck. I have read enough on these forums and heard enough on the news that I am terrified of "pain docs" in this area. I don't want one that is just going throw pills at me. I really hate taking alot of pain meds and won't if I can help it. I am terrified of the addiction!! I want one that is skilled in the injections and previous treatments I have had to have, as well as, recommend new procedures that may be available to help my situation. My previous pain specialist was actually an anesthesiologist. Unfortunately, he doesn't have relationships with any doctors in this area to give me a referral.

Sooo, can you guys recommend any doctors or give me advice on how to find a general doc to go to?
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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Mimi, I go to Dr. Toney at Summitt Medical Practice at Deane Hill. They're right there behind IHOP off Kingston Pike. Also, their Ancillary Facility in the floor below them for all xrays, mammograms, specialty testing, after hours clinic, etc. Dr. Toney was an ER doc at ParkWest for a good while...I just can't say enough good things about him. He's thorough, he calls you himself if there is a lab result that needs explanation, etc. Can't really say anything about a pain specialist except that Dr. Toney referred my dad to someone he's been very happy with. (all of my family in knoxville all see someone in that one group. they're all excellent)
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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Thanks for the info Belle. I am going to check and see if they are accepting new patients!
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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For the record, the cops run the pill mills right out of town. None of them have lasted more than a few days because the cops will literally stand there and harass the heck out of the people going in until they close. I have no idea why you think this city is teeming with pill mills because it isn't.

Great recommendation SuthernBelle. I will keep that in mind for my daughter and me. Thank you!
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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Hiknapster, I didn't say this city is teeming with pill mills. There are some that are a cash only basis, there are some where the docs will readily give you what you say you need and move on to the next one there and then there are quality pain doctors who try to work with true procedures and therapies. That is every where, including Knoxville, whether you realize it or not. My preference isn't to go to a cash only clinic nor is it to see a doc who just gives me prescriptions and walks away without truly trying to help. I want a doctor who is going to work on the medical conditions I have. I don't think that is asking too much nor do I think that is being unreasonable
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Hiknapster, I didn't say this city is teeming with pill mills. There are some that are a cash only basis, there are some where the docs will readily give you what you say you need and move on to the next one there and then there are quality pain doctors who try to work with true procedures and therapies. That is every where, including Knoxville, whether you realize it or not. My preference isn't to go to a cash only clinic nor is it to see a doc who just gives me prescriptions and walks away without truly trying to help. I want a doctor who is going to work on the medical conditions I have. I don't think that is asking too much nor do I think that is being unreasonable
In this day and age, the pill heads compare notes with one another and word gets out fast. The days of a doc quietly handing out pills or doing it on a cash basis is fortunately over. So when one of these places opens up, the cops know and shut it down.

Sorry that you were offended. I didn't mean it that way. But docs are highly aware of the situation and just aren't handing out pain meds like they use to. In fact, when I was in real estate school there was another student that was a medical doctor. She lost her license because it was deemed that she gave out too many pain prescriptions and her place was not considered a pill mill.

Knoxville has a pretty good grip on the situation. I'm pretty plugged into the situation because a friend's 18-year-old died from a drug overdose. She lives in Knoxville and it made national news. In fact Dateline NBC is currently filming but there has been a television special from WBIR and because she is a nationally recognized writer it has received a lot of national publicity. He overdosed on street drugs but she and her sister now run a local organization regarding this issue.

Chance are pretty good you aren't going to bump into a doc just handing out pills unless you want to. Once again, sorry you took my message the wrong way. I just wanted to set the record straight. The other day someone said Knoxville was teeming with meth and it isn't. A lot of stuff gets posted on here that isn't even close to the truth. I know you are new and may not know everything about the city quite yet. Only trying to help.
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