... didn't give me any pain meds but told me I was flagged. Does that mean every visit and prescription?
17 Jan 2011
I have had pain management Dr's for 7 years now! The deal with them is, you are not allowed to take any pain prescription, under any condition without their permission! Otherwise, it can be considered Dr. shopping and you can be dismissed for doing it! When my pain gets so severe that my meds won't take care of it, I go to the hospital, they know I can't get any prescriptions for pain, so I usually get a couple of shots for the pain and that is allowed, if the Dr. on call knows I am in serious pain and orders pain medication thru shots! I had a Dentist prescribe me, vicodin one time and I just turn the prescription in to my Dr. and told the dentist, I couldn't accept anymore prescriptions from them! This is considered Dr. shopping and they will dismiss you for accepting any other pain medication! So, if you feel you need something else for pain, you need to make sure to have them call your Dr. first, or you can call them yourself! They take this very seriously, and they will dismiss you for it! Hope this helps answer your question!
17 Jan 2011
Although most pain care specialists/clinics require you to sign an agreement that prevents you from obtaining pain medications from any other source, in this case, you get them from your PCP. Did he request you sign such an agreement with him? If so, did you disclose this info to the Urgent Care clinic? Regardless, in emergency situations, it's usually not a problem to get treatment from another source.
Apparently, at some point during your treatment, they must have thought you were getting multiple prescriptions, seeing different doctor's, or too many visits to the Urgent Care Clinic. Your doctor should be able to tell you why/how you were flagged. He's the one prescribing the meds so he should be willing to help you find out why you were flagged.
I had signed a Pain Contract several years ago. After about 2 years of treatment, I had changed doctors and insurance companies. I saw ONLY my new PCP and needed pain meds twice for acute pain. An almost severed toe and massive infection in my hand.
My old back problems flared up a few years later and my doctor referred me to a Pain Specialist. To my surprise, they had info that I had signed a "Pain Contract" at least 5 years earlier! After playing phone tag for a few days, my PCP submitted a letter to the specialist indicating meds he prescribed and the dates. I was able to sign on with the new Specialist. I had the feeling if my PCP had been prescribing opiates on more than 2 occasions, I didn't think the specialist would have accepted me as a patient. You can NEVER accept pain meds from any source if you have a signed agreement on record. Emergency situations are different. To avoid any future problems, you should carry a card with you listing all the meds you take, prescribing doctor and his contact number. If you DID sign an agreement, you should indicate that on the card as well.
So yes, this may follow you around for a long time. Please see your doctor and discuss the situation with him. I hope your headache is better.
17 Jan 2011
absolutely right I've been under the care of a pain management doctor for longerthan that I have had some really horrible pain they just want to be kept informed of every pain medication you are on it might seem tough especially when you are in severe pain but believe me it's so that you are safe and the doctor is aware of what is going on anytime you need pain care either inform your doctor (prior to going) or inform the emergency room doctor then once the pain doctor is in the office notify him just want the best for you please take care and let us know how you are
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