Would a doctor prescribe me pain medication if he found out I was taking pain meds illegally, and by that i mean getting them from a family member, prior to going to see a doctor? I am 21 years old and have 3 bulging discs in my lower vertebrae and arthritis in my upper spine, as well as problems with my scyadic nerves, all due to skateboarding accidents. I have had back pain for nearly 5 years now and finally had to start doing something for the pain roughly a year ago. The reason I have to get the pills(10mg Endocets) from my family member is because I do not currently have health insurance, but I will soon be getting insurance and going to the doctors for my back, and I wanted to know if I was honest with my doctor about the pills if he would still prescribe me pain medication or just view me as a "drug addict from the streets" and not help me at all? Thank you in advance to anyone who takes the time to read this and respond, your help is greatly appreciated.
26 Feb 2012
Hi TY, This what is what I have done in your situation and it worked for me. Tell your doc where you having pain and why also that a family member gave a couple of Endocets and they helped you emminsely. You are being honest. They will prob prescribe you a small amount and then schedule you for an MRI and after that you should be in the clear for a monthly script. Also you might be referred to Pain Mngmt doc, they are usually expensive but you said you would have insurance by then. PM docs are very empathetic towards your pain issues. Good luck-K
26 Feb 2012
I was prescribed Oxycodone last week, to get it I had to submitt to a urine screen. This was mainly to rule out street drugs, if you have been self medicating with street drugs I would say wait a month before going to doctor. I would say that would screen for opiates as well though not sure how long Endocets stay in the body maybe someone else might know. The reason the doctor urine screens you is to protect his butt, there is additional information about this drug at this web site: http://www.drugs.com/endocet.html. I think that you are doing the right thing by obtaining this honestly. From what condition you are totaly justified in trying to get this perscribed. It would be tragic if you got shot down because of a screen. To be honest with you I was in the same boat but using pot to self medicate. I was honest with the the doctor and told him that if I took a screen now I would fail. He was good to me even though he didn't have to.
Told me to wait a month so I would pass the screen. Once that happened I got my Oxycodone. Hope this helped and stay off that skate board.
26 Feb 2012
I had to use my son's Veterans Administration pain killers for back spasms. I told my doctor that I needed something, as it's beyond low to take pain killer from a disabled vet-spinal injury.
My son didn't get in any trouble and my doctor wrote a script for the same med that my son gave me. I'm allergic to Tylenol and aspirin, etc. So, I'm greatly limited in what works for me.
Since you're starting out-and you don't want to appear to be a druggie-ask your doctor about Lidocaine patches, they're non-narcotic-that's what I borrowed from my son. He uses a variety of meds and strategies to control hi pain-live live it. He'll use a tanz unit-electric shock-with a mild opiod or even super Ibuprofin-then it stops working-then they put him on a super pain killer. When that doesn't work anymore-he changes meds-like goes on a lidocaine patch. Accupuncture also helps him a lot. He likes to ride an exercise bike for about an hour for 2 reasons-it releases endrophines that help kill pain and gives him a high, and it helps keep his weight down, which reduces stress in his feet and spine. He swims too. He has trouble walking and standing. He was on a Coast Guard Cutter that turned upside down from a rogue wave in the Artic. At least he's alive. So, ask about a variety of pain management techniques. Massages are also good. Honesty and asking about techniques should help convince your doctors that you are an honest person that needs help. I wish you best of luck. I know how hard this can be on you- my son was 24 when he was injured. He's also taken physical therapy off and on. If it hurts you let them know. They use a pool-and he was straining his back by holding onto a rail and doing leg lifts-trying to pull them up. For him that was a far cry from giving a kick every so often and taking his time doing a lap.
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