Can I double up on my medications?

No, you need to make an appointment and discuss any medication changes with your provider at Central Florida Pain Relief Center.

I would like to know what to expect from my upcoming procedure.

Please refer to the individual procedure description located on this site.

Can I get a refill on my pain medications without an appointment?

Because many medications are controlled, you need to be seen on a regular basis to continue getting these medications. We are unable to refill or prescribe controlled substances after hours, on weekends, or on holidays. Also, we are unable to give prescription refills at surgical facilities on dates of procedure.

How do I get a letter or form processed and how long does it take?

All letter requests should be made in writing. In general, it takes approximately 72 hours to process paperwork.

Do you replace lost or stolen prescriptions?

We are unable to replace lost or stolen prescriptions. You will need to be evaluated in the office by a provider in order to receive an alternative medication. Certain medications can cause withdrawal like symptoms if it is stopped without weaning. You may need something to help with the symptoms that may occur.

The new medication that I was prescribed is not working.

We recommend that you allow the new medications up to 2 weeks to take effect. Because of adverse effects, we are unable to change controlled substances on a frequent basis.

I am a new patient and would like to know what I should expect at my first visit.

At the initial visit, you will be evaluated by the physician. You will be asked questions about your medical history and a physical will be performed to evaluate your areas of pain. Please bring all MRI, X-Ray results (written reports, NOT films) to your visit. Also, make sure you bring your insurance card and referral if needed.

How do I get copies of my medical records and how long does it take?

You will need to call the office and speak with the medical records department to request a copy of your records. It takes approximately 72 hours to copy medical records.

Is it okay to take medications from other doctors?

All pain medications should only be prescribed by your Central Florida Pain Relief Center provider. Medications other than pain medications can be prescribed by other physicians. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have received a medication from another physician (dentist, emergency room).

It is after hours and I am having increased pain.

A provider is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week to assist with emergent situations. To contact us after hours, call the office number. Please remember that we are unable to prescribe controlled substances after hours, on weekends, or on holidays.

Can I get addicted to pain medications?

Addiction is defined as the use of a medicine even if it causes harm, having cravings for a drug, feeling the need to use a drug and a decreased quality of life. If you are taking your pain medication in accordance with the instructions, the chances of becoming addicted is very low. The development of addiction has been reported rarely in medical journals and is much more common in a person who has a family or personal history of addiction. Physical dependency is not the same as addiction.

How do I get an override or prior authorization on my medications?

Your pharmacy will contact our offices if there is a problem getting a medication approved through your insurance company. We will then attempt to get approval on our own, however, there is no guarantee that a medication will get approved. We may need to change your medications and/or you may need to pay for your medications on your own.

How do I get my MRI, X-Ray, or lab reports?

A visit should have been scheduled with your provider 2 weeks after the study was ordered. An appointment is needed to discuss the findings and plan your future treatment.

Does it matter which office I go to?

We prefer that you remain at one office, as the hard copy of your chart can only remain at one facility. We do understand that there are circumstances which may send you to another office and we are prepared for that with our computer system.

Can I receive two procedures at one time?

Generally, we prefer not to perform more than one procedure at a time so that we can determine the results of each individual procedure. You will need to discuss this with your provider.

Can I operate a vehicle while taking these medications?

All controlled medications and others can cause drowsiness and alter your judgment. It is recommended that you take great caution and avoid if possible operating machinery that may cause harm to you or others.