Dr. Karpen

Has anyone seen the new doc at the Centre of Pain Relief since Dr. Karpen s unexpected departure? I read a discouraging review at another site and am feeling somewhat anxious.

I, too, am feeling a bit

I, too, am feeling a bit anxious. Dr Karpen will surely be missed. It's not often that a patient has not one negative thing to say about their physician. His understanding and compassionate care is absolutely unsurpassed. At this point, I have no reason to believe that Dr. Flannery won't continue with my treatment. However, I agree, that recent posts are rather disturbing. I have also read that some of Dr Karpens patients have been notified that Dr Flannery will not take them on as a patient. Can't even imagine how they feel. Dr Karpen would not have continued to treat someone without validity. I have an appointment scheduled late next week with Dr Flannery. I will be sure to post on how it goes.

I truly hope all is well with

I truly hope all is well with him and is family. I hope whatever the reason why he left was the right one for him. When I was referred to him I was so hopeless. My days were so dark and consumed, like most of his patients I am sure, with chronic pain. So my anxiety is selfish, I admit. I am so afraid of going back to that dark place.

I am not claiming he performed a miracle, but after being dismissed, ignored and insulted by other healthcare professionals his office became a "safe place", if you will.

I had not read about others receiving letters that the new doc would not see them. My heart goes out to them. After I received my letter I just assumed to show up at my next scheduled appt. However, after looking it over again, I wonder if I am suppose to call to set up new appt.

Will keep posted

I've been worried about him

I've been worried about him too! I can't believe that he would leave us without letting us know - so I have been so worried about him. I hope that he is off to Florida with a nice umbrella drink.

I think you're safe to assume that your next appointment is still on the books - please take that off your worry list. My letter was very basic, told me that he left the practice and won't be returning, dr flannery would be available for patients 18+ and to talk to the office to schedule an appointment. I did call - they said business as usual. But, call tomorrow just to be sure - it will put your mind at ease

I think being apprehensive is absolutely natural with any new doctor. This particular specialty adds an additional level of anxiety as they can truly make or break us. Before joining Dr Karpens practice, I found it difficult to get through daily life. He allowed me to get a sense of quality of life back that was very missed for many years. The pain will never go away - but he has helped a great deal.

Although, it took me a bit to shake off some of the comments in recent reviews, I had to remind myself - the data is limited. The far majority of people don't go online to note exceptional service, but, they like to be heard when things go wrong. It should take a special kind of individual to go into the pain management field. He should be accustomed to seeing cases similar to ours, and should understand the previous/current treatments options. I can't help but to believe - we are going to be just fine.

I totally get your comments about going back to that very dark place. We are NOT going back there - EVER

Is your next appointment coming up? Hang in there! We're in this together!

Btw - discouraged63 -

Btw - discouraged63 - worrying about your health and treatment options is under no way, shape, or form being selfish

Ok..here goes..while

Ok..here goes..while breathing a huge sigh of relief. 1) Don't be shocked when you check in and you see a security guard. It was not explained why he was there, but he is there.The staff was all the same I did not see anyone New. You will be given new paper work and pain contract to sign. Receptionist will tell you if you are not happy she will give you a list of doctors In the area when you check out, that will be repeated by the doctors Fellow during the visit.
Same ole process going back to the exam room. But I noticed my chart was only about 3 pages. So everyone is starting over as new patients. I had to give my urine. Then a young girl came in and introduced herself as dr (cannot remember) and said she is a fellow. I think that is a student high up in the heigharchy of med school. She gets a history and goes over current meds, pain levels, etc..then explains the new procedures, ( urine tests, bringing med bottles to appts, ) Right off the bat says that everyone will not be happy so again offers a list of other pain management doctors.

Then Dr. Flannery came in with the fellow and discussed my diagnoses, all meds and other treatments I have tried what worked, what failed, how my quality of life is now. He was personable, approachable and was open to answer questions.

He said he was just temporary until they find someone, but thought he would still be there next month.

So, to sum it up, I will really miss Dr. Karpen and it was strange him not being there. But fortunately my experience was positive and I hope it goes as smooth for everyone else

Ok..here goes..while

Ok..here goes..while breathing a huge sigh of relief. 1) Don't be shocked when you check in and you see a security guard. It was not explained why he was there, but he is there.The staff was all the same I did not see anyone New. You will be given new paper work and pain contract to sign. Receptionist will tell you if you are not happy she will give you a list of doctors In the area when you check out, that will be repeated by the doctors Fellow during the visit.
Same ole process going back to the exam room. But I noticed my chart was only about 3 pages. So everyone is starting over as new patients. I had to give my urine. Then a young girl came in and introduced herself as dr (cannot remember) and said she is a fellow. I think that is a student high up in the heigharchy of med school. She gets a history and goes over current meds, pain levels, etc..then explains the new procedures, ( urine tests, bringing med bottles to appts, ) Right off the bat says that everyone will not be happy so again offers a list of other pain management doctors.

Then Dr. Flannery came in with the fellow and discussed my diagnoses, all meds and other treatments I have tried what worked, what failed, how my quality of life is now. He was personable, approachable and was open to answer questions.

He said he was just temporary until they find someone, but thought he would still be there next month.

So, to sum it up, I will really miss Dr. Karpen and it was strange him not being there. But fortunately my experience was positive and I hope it goes as smooth for everyone else

I'm so very glad that your

I'm so very glad that your appointment went well.

Thanks for posting!

Thanks for posting!

Good Morning. Thank You so

Good Morning. Thank You so much for sharing Your experience with Us. Was there any mention as to what and where Dr Karpen is now?? As for Dr Flannery, it seems as He is a great Dr. Thanks so much

Hi Corvette, fortunately my

Hi Corvette, fortunately my experience went smooth but others have posted discouraging reviews on other sites which made me very anxious before my appointment. That is why I wanted to reach out to others. Not everyone will like him. He is very up front about that at the gate. I thought it was important to note that he is only a temp. An employee if you will, who was told to report there for work. So even if he is not your cup of tea, doesn't sound like he will be our doc for long anyway. So for me, this time went well with no changes. I may be singing a to a beat of a different drum down the road. (Grrrr)

No mention of Dr. Karpen. Just that he is no longer with the practice. It is going to be so hard to ever find a doctor with his level of compassion and understanding. It is so hard being in chronic pain all the time both physically and mentally, and he got that. The whole picture. It took time for me to build that relationship with him because of a few really insensitive doctors ruined my trust. I am sure we all have had a few of them.

So good luck, hope yours goes well, keep us posted.

Has anyone had their appt. ?

Has anyone had their appt. ? Curious how it went?

Hi. Mine is on Thursday. Will

Hi. Mine is on Thursday. Will post as soon as I get home from work. I have tried to stay calm - but - my nerves are shot.

Hi! I received a notice that

Hi! I received a notice that I will not get to see Dr Flannery tomorrow, or any doctor for that manner. It is nothing nasty, just appears they need me to reschedule. At least, I hope. I tried to call for over 3 hours - only get the voicemail. These are out of the ordinary circumstances, which none of us understand, but I always try to give the benefit of the doubt. All I can really do is call again tomorrow. I don't know any doctors in the field - No one that I can trust to really ask - I have researched so many doctors that it is absolutely maddening.........can't help but feel that I am going to go backwards Sad

Maybe they found the new

Maybe they found the new permanent doc. I don't think they would leave you high and dry without your medications, unless you were scheduled for injections then that would stink if you had to wait longer. Hmmm. It is all so bizarre.

I Recently heard thru a not so reliable source, let's call it gossip from someone who knows someone who knows someone else that dr. Karpen was fired and so was his wife.

I find that hard to believe. Beings that was his practice to begin with. But that security guard was really weird. This is all weird.

The saga continues.........my

The saga continues.........my records have been transferred to the AHN Institute for Pain Medicine and I've been referred to Dr Kabazie. From what I see, there are 3 doctors at the practice, Flannery is one of them. Maybe the 3 of them will manage between both practices?

Can't get seen for a few weeks, and yes, of course, the last of the meds will be Sunday. Going to do my very best - but know it is going to be a terribly rough road until then. It might be time to try and make a move to a new doctor, but am feeling lost in the process. What more can I do?

I would not be surprised if the gossip that you heard turns out to be valid. AHN is buying up practices across the region and making many changes along the way. I can't believe that he did anything wrong - and I don't believe that he would just up and quit or retire without transitioning at least some of his patients. I'm not saying we were best friends, but we talked very openly, and I believe that he would have mentioned it if this was in his plans. Forgot about his wife being there as well. I pray that they are all okay!

When AHN purchased his practice, they most likely made a non solicitation agreement. If he does open up a practice at another location, he probably can't contact us. But, it's not a problem if we contact him.

I am going to continue doing my daily searches to see if he is noted with any new practice information. Also going to call to get a copy of my file. I tried to give it a chance, but I have run out of time. Maybe they will come through with the continuance of my current treatments of injections and meds. The current combination works. I am even open to trying something new, but not trying anything - and having a few weeks of absolute misery are not acceptable.

My heart goes out yo you.

My heart goes out yo you. Without question stress triggers and exacerbates chronic pain. Being today is Friday, I wonder since your records have been transferred to the Pain Institute, if they can instruct you on what to do until your appt.

If we were cardiac patients we would not be expected to discontinue our blood pressure medication. Psychiatric patients cannot just STOP treatment. You get where I am going.

I had another thought. What ever happened to dr. Ginsburg that was practicing with Dr. Karpen for a while? I wonder if she is still in the area? I wonder if she would be another option for us if things don't work out.

You will be in my thoughts.

They were kind - but

They were kind - but unfortunately, the staff doesn't have the authority to help me without doctor approval. I didn't have the heart to give them a hard time. They at least gave me the impression that they cared.

If they are too busy to take care of me - then they shouldn't have taken our good Dr K away!

I try to keep the attitude that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Being that I know what I have in store for me come Sunday, it's hard to keep up a good attitude. I can't help but feeling abandoned.

I agree with you. This is absolutely no different than any other medical issue. In fact, I believe that in many cases it is worse. Again, they shouldn't have taken away Dr K!

I have seen in my research that Dr G is at Jefferson Regional. I saw her once at the center, and I assure you that will never happen again. I talked it over with Dr K - then somehow - the next time I was in she was gone. Maybe she was having a bad day........Maybe I'm not being fair. Have you had a different experience?

I picked up a thank you card to send to dr k for taking such good care of me got so many years. I really wish I had the guts to call him to see if he is going somewhere else. I have no choice other than to put up with the misery right now - I only wish I had a plan.

Thanks for listening, and more importantly, understanding.

I am sure you have already

I am sure you have already thought of this, however, let me throw it out there in case it sounds different coming from someone else.

What about your PCP or another doc you see or have seen? Is there anyone you could call that could maybe cover you until your appt or at least call the clinic on your behalf? I wonder if the pharmacy would even be willing to fax something? ( long shot - I am sure).

No, I never seen Dr. G. I was just googling and seen her name. (Grasping at straws)

You know, I was thinking about sending a thank-you note to the good Dr. K. ( I guess we have to be specific when using the Dr. K. abbreviation now). I thanked him all the time but I never really told him how defeated I was when I landed at his doorstep. I assume he knew, even if I only realized how bad it was when I got the letter he was gone. If that makes sense. Anyway, it made me laugh to read you already bought one.

One of these days I would like to turn on the television in the afternoon and see Dr. OZ, Dr Phil, or Dr. Drew ( NO- cross off Drew, I quit watching him during the Jodi Arias trial) have a panel of chronic pain patients talk about how they went from curled up in a ball in their beds to walking to the mailbox or watering a flower garden instead of all the bashing pain clinics/patients get. I know there is a lot of abuse and tragedy. It is sad.. But once I wish people would hear the other side instead of it being all negative, judgemental and shaming.

That was ranting, sorry.

I would tell you to hang in there but at this point would just sound DUMB.

Have a great Saturday.

Bringing this back up to the

Bringing this back up to the top of topics, looks like a few more ratings/reviews have popped up over the last couple weeks. Anyone have any new information regarding Dr. Karpen opening another practice or general information on what doctors in our area may be good options if the new we doctors at the centre of pain relief are not a good fit, please share.

Haven't heard a word. And, I

Haven't heard a word. And, I can't say it is from lack of trying. I keep looking every night to see if anything pops up. Praying that the good dr k opens up another practice. I've been trying, and trying to find a doctor that can see me before the institute. Drs are willing to give me an appointment, but can't get in for months. I've been back in that dark place for weeks - with no meds and, more importantly, no injections. My pcp was willing to help, but apparently she is not allowed. I remember signing the pain contract many years ago when I started seeing dr Karpen, and apparently, if my pcp calls in my scripts for one month in the interim, it's a violation of the agreement. How on earth is that a violation of the agreement when I am not under anyone's care, and I haven't been to the institute yet - nor did I sign an agreement with them. Complete madness! Where on earth did you go Dr Karpen?

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