For the past year or so I've been in and out of urgent care and emergency rooms for shoulder and back pain resulting from a fall. Each time I would leave with a pain script. I kept going to the urgent care clinics because the pain wouldn't go away plus you don't have to make an appointment and its easier to get in and out. The bad thing is I was going at least once to three times a month for about 4 months. I also suffer from MRSA and have been going to the same urgent care clinics and emergency rooms for that as well, also leaving with pain scripts. One urgent care doctor told me that he wasn't going to give me any pain meds for my shoulder because he thought I was searching for drugs and not really in pain. He pulled some list and told me that I've gotten a lot of pain scripts over the past few months, which I have for real reasons. He referred me to an orthopedic doctor and I have been seeing him for several months. I haven't been to the urgent clinics or emergency rooms for the past several months for my back, shoulder, or MRSA but I have been there for flu, bronchitis, etc... I see an infectious disease doctor for the MRSA who has written me a few scripts for pain but I don't have to see him anymore unless I have an outbreak. I finally went to see my general physician who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and wrote me several scripts including one for pain. (Loritab 5, one a day for 30 days) I still have to see my ortho and he refills my pain meds weekly (Loritab 7.5, 20 pills, a 4 day supply). Would this be considered doctor shopping? Not knowing that this is a habit of doctor shopping, I use two different pharmacies. One is right by my house (which I use the most) and one is near work which I use to drop scripts off if I go to the doctor's office during work hours. Would this be considered doctor shopping? I never have two pain scripts at one time. Am I 'red-flagged'? Is there anyway to find out?
24 Feb 2011
The way you word your question and post, I have to agree.
Mainly because you sound just like me and I admit I am doctor shopping. I also have legitimate pain for my meds, but I readily admit it. You also sound a little defensive to the first post but you are also here to get some honest opinions. How long have you been on narcotics? Are there long periods of time you are not taking a narcotic and you are ok? Just wondering. Have a good day
24 Feb 2011
elmjohnson, glad to hear from you again. My son has no insurance or money so he goes to the ER for almost everything that happens to him because they have to treat him, & he gets the same answers as you. I'm actually glad you got the cortisone shot for your shoulder, but it's not a cureall, in time could need another. Fibromyalgia explains a lot of your pain problems as I have it myself. I think of Dr. Shopping as trying to find the right one to help you with all your problems. I think you are getting on the right track. If you doctor is a general practice doctor ask if he knows how to treat Fibromyalgia, if not, ask for a referral to a rheumatologist. They specialize in this disease. There is also a support group here. You have several problems, and if pain is a real concern for you you may need to see a Pain Clinic Specialist also.
Obviously you need several docs so I wouldn't call that doctor shopping especially, just haven't found the right ones to go to. Stay on here & join the support grougs for your problems, sure we can help you somewhat. Good luck, & sorry this is so long. And one more thing, if your not an addict, please take it off your list! Mary
30 Dec 2011
I have the same kind of question. I was with my pain managment doc for about a year and a half until he let me go cause I went to the ER got a shot of Demerol and a Vicodin script. In October nov and dec I've seen 3 diff docs to find the right fit, but each of these guys i ended up calling them and faxing them they weren't the right fit, but for each I called them and faxed them a letter saying I wasn't seeing them anymore and they said ok. So now this third one can't see my since she doesn't take my insurance gave me a 30 day supply and referred me to another clinic. I live in CO and don't know the laws here, but I'm scared they r going to think I'm "shopping".
24 Feb 2011
Sounds to me like you are getting pain meds from more than one doctor and that is generally frowned upon. If each of your doctors knows what you are taking and they continue to write duplicate prescrips, the lortab 5's and 7.5's for example, I am really surprised.
I would not continue getting your pain meds this way. You need to be followed by one doctor so to get the best most effective program for your pain. I do hope the cortisone shot works and this becomes a mute point.
If and when you decide to stop the hydrocodone (lortab), you will have to decrease the dose slowly, not try to stop cold turkey. How much are you use to taking of the 5's and how much of the 7.5's?
Keep in touch,
24 Feb 2011
If all of your doctors know about what's going on with the other, the prescriptions, the diagnosis, etc., then it's not doctor shopping. Doctor shopping is when you go to two different doctors with the intention of the two not knowing about each other in order that you get the same prescription filled numerous times. As long as your being honest with them all, you should be all good. Generally speaking though, the few doctors the better, and if you can find one to act as an "umbrella doctor", that would be an ideal situation, someone who sort of acts as the manager of all the problems. Good luck, and hope that this is of some help!
24 Feb 2011
Hi there, Not sure if you are doctor shopping. I think that should have one doctor taking care of you plus the other professionals that the regular doctor reffers you to. If you can't have a doctor of your own make sure you go to the same cllinc all the time. Then the doctors there will know your full history and which meds were prescribed to you and when for all your diagnostics. It's the same where I am. Also stay with the same pharmacy to make sure your meds don't have reactions to any other that you are on. Hope this helps. Take care.
23 Feb 2011
elmjohnson, I want to be supportive here, but you listed addiction as one of your problems, & you are receiving the same script from two different doctors. Doesn't that kinda answer itself? I understand if you are only taking 1 5mg tab a day, but why would your doctor prescribe it that way? Doesn't make sense to me especially if your Orthopaedic gives you the same med. Maybe I am just reading this wrong. Help anyone else?
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