I have long term pain from back and neck injuries. I have been taking opana er every since it came out for long term pain control. Last month the doctor had a urine test done which he stated came back negative for opana. This month the same thing happened. I am taking my medicine every day and do not miss doses.
How can this be happening? I am taking the medicine. Are there alternative testes other than urine sample that can prove I am taking this medicine?
Added 7 Apr 2012:
I just read that drinking green tea can mask drug test results. Is this true?
I drink 5-6 bottles of diet green tea with citrus every day.
Added 7 Apr 2012:
Last month was the first time a urine test was done on me, although he has treated me since 2006. His staff stated the urine test was a new state requirement.
So I have no idea whether opana not showing up in analysis was long term or recent since the urine analysis was taken for the first time last month.
I am going to request he use a blood sample instead of the urine sample when I see him again. I am taking the opana and am taking it as scheduled. So if there is a problem then it is in the testing procedure.
I don't like the buzz nor the numbness that comes with pain medication. So I take as low a dose as possible. I started opana at 10 and have slowly increased it by increments of 5 as it became less effective over time at the lower doses.
I am willing to accept pain levels of 3-4 to keep from having to take the higher dosages that would be required to bring it down to a level 1 pain.
So it is a balancing act for me, taking the least amount possible to keep the pain at levels 3-4 while keeping the after effects of the buzz and numbness from the medication as low as possible at the same time.
Now I have to worry about the medication not showing up in my system, which can create problems in getting the medication I need.
I understand the doctor's dilemma. He can't prescribe the medication it it appears I am not taking it without running the risk of losing his license. I know I am taking it so I hope it will show up from a blood sample.
I appreciate each of you taking the time to respond. I have already suggested I take the medicine in his office each day but that is not practical due to his office hours and the times I need to take the medication.
So I am going to request he uses blood tests to see if they will show up the opana in my system and resolve the problem.