Now only my pain specialist prescribes medications and wondered if this will be ok?
7 Mar 2011
Brenda is right. Most pain specialist make you sign a contract stating that you will not get any other pain medicine from anyone other than him/her. My contract I signed says I will use the same pharmacy for all medicines at all times. As long as only one md is prescribing your pain medicine and he knows about all of the medicines you are taking, I think you will be fine.
7 Mar 2011
I agree with janem & brenda. Now if you have other problems, your GP or Internist should be taking care of these scripts, but not pain scripts. My hubby messed it up for everyone my internist,allergy & asthma doctor won't prescribe hardly any pain meds for anyone since my hubby almost died from his last suicide attempt 8 years ago. He prescribes my xanax, & other meds, but not pain meds.
7 Mar 2011
Usually what happens is you have a pain management physician, he prescribes all the medications that has anything to do with pain, usually they will have you sign a contract in which you only see him for pain medication if you by chance have an emergency once the crisis is over then you are suppose to notify him so that he is aware that they gave you medication because of an emergency situation, if you go to the emergency room be sure and tell them that you have a pain management doctor, you need to have one pharmacy for pain medications, usually the doctors require you to sign a pain management agreement where you agree to do what he asks if you fail to follow his instructions then he probably won't continue to see you, as long as you are totally honest with the doctor, keep good records of what you take,
and it wouldn't hurt if you take your pain medications in so the doctor can see for himself/herself that you are taking the medicine just like you are supposed to the more you do to tell them then the better care you will get, it's sad but the doctors are watched like a hawk, so you can get good care by being proactive and helping the doctor with as much informartion is possible, tell him what works, what you've taken, what does not work, tell him what you are allergic to and also what reaction you have, it's a lot to do but you will find the more you give the better care you get
7 Mar 2011
The pain specialist should be the best person to help you manage your pain. "Specialist" Also, it'd be a good thing for you to help manage & have input with your own therapy by keeping a daily diary with such items like: what type of meds, how many, how often, what dosage, any side effects, anything symptoms, anything unusual, etc. You can bring this book easily with you to your doctor's visits. Do some research about the effects & contraindications of the prescription & this will help you to know what to look out for.
Another great outcome of this is that by only using 1 pharmacy, they'll know when you're using over the counter drugs like headache pain relief or cough medicine & if you'll be allowed to take them along with your other meds. There are many knowledgeable people around who want to help you. Don't forget to ask questions & be involved with your health issues. Good luck! :)
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