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08/08/2014
By: cannsmithalex
Washington Center for Pain Management
I'm a patient of Dr. Zhu's who had to go out of state as my dad was having brain surgery. I knew before leaving Washington that I would run out of my pain meds and attempted to get pills for the number of days I would need covered. I was informed by his office that he would be unable to write Ca script in advance as I was not yet due pills. Once was down to two pills and needed my hydrocodone refilled while still out of state I contacted his office again only to be told he couldn't write a script because another state would not accept it. I contacted the pharmacy in the state I was in (Illinois ) who told me they fill out of state scripts all the time. I also called Walgreens in Washington who said yes it could certainly be done and in fact said to just have him fax a script to them for the number of days I would be gone and they could enter it in the computer and then Walgreens in Illinois could fill it. So once again I called Dr. Zhu's office again who repeated that he could not write a script to be filled by another state and when I asked to speak with a nurse was told I would have to wait for a call back!
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04/02/2016
By: Alice G.
Washington Center for Pain Management
Thanks to WA center for pain I can finally finish college. They weren't intimidated (or exasperated) by my long list of symptoms, meds or doctors, and when I had a medical emergency in their office they handled it perfectly. Without their help I wouldn't have been able to tolerate the treatments I need to keep my med probs from taking over my life. I see both Dr Hong and Reed, who've always been very nice and patient even if I'm anxious or disorganized and like to complain.The first visit with Pain Docs can be a little weird. There are all these regulations (I blame Michael Jackson) so it can feel strange answering a ton of background-check type questions. And nowadays everyone is going to ask about mental health, its part of the "treat the whole person" trend. And my insurance didn't want to pay but finally did.The goal at WCPM is to find a long-term strategy: they kept working with me until we found a good way to manage my treatment.
02/14/2013
By: a.l.......
Washington Center for Pain Management
I was barely able to walk or sleep due to how much pain I was in. After treatment with Dr. Hong, I can now live my life again due to the dramatic decrease in pain..
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