I've been taking 120 pain meds a month, prescribed by the same doctor for over five years, for a rare medical condition. I moved and after finding a new doctor, having her office see records proving I take them for an extreme condition, and having my previous doctor also explain to her I needed these exact meds, she claimed it was the law, she couldn't give me anymore than 30 a month. Now I found out from a couple different pharmacies that it wasn't the new Michigan Law, it was her. (Yes there's a new law on narcotics, but not what she was claiming) For the last two months, I've been doing my best to get by with what I had, but recently I injured my nerve/hip (sciatic or herniated disc) and had to take two a day most days due to not being able to even walk or sit down. My doctor office is closed for the next three days and I'm needing to go see Med express or the ER. Now due to having to take one more a day, I am now out sooner than my refill date. If I explain this to them, or even my doctor, is there going to be an issue? Am I not going to be able to get help? And would she drop me as a patient? (I'm going to find a new one at this point, but still) I don't want to be redflagged because this is an emergency and I've never ran out early, or gone to the ER for pain meds.
It's the law, meaning law enforcement. Abuse has gotten so out of control, mainly people selling their scripts, abusing their meds, etc., that the DEA has turned to intimidating Drs who write pain med scripts, to the point where many of these Drs are stopping altogether, and it matters not what the patient's condition, need or record.
So, you're in a boat with the rest of us, and running out etc., is just like getting pulled over for speeding, those officers have heard it all, and so have Drs when it comes to folks' and their stories, reasons, excuses and, the worst of all, legitimate reasons for needing these meds.
So, first off I am not implying you are not legit, I'm simply stating the truth about the climate when it comes to any meds on the high risk for abuse list and the Doctors who write the scripts and the folks who abuse them making it bad for themselves and every legitimate chronic pain patient. So, whatever you decide to say, do not expect to leave with a prescription. If you do, stretch them out as long as you can as it may be your last.
Hang in there
She is lying and using the laws to be a jerk. You cannot use them up and go to the er for more. The law doesn't tell her she can't order what is appropriate as long as she does the documentation. The last time a dr tried telling me that I called the dea and ask them. Then went back to the dr with what I'd learned.
The law is strict but they don't tell drs it has to be dropped like that.
Unfortunately, you probably should just try and make it through until your refill date. Most ER's these days will not prescribe narcotics unless you have a pretty significant injury. If you were to go in and tell them the same thing you wrote here, you'd be lucky to get a prescription for Ibuprofen. They've heard every story in the book, and have dealt with so many people coming in just looking for narcotics, they don't give them to anyone anymore who doesn't have an injury they can verify either visually or by x-rays. If you go to the ER and were to get pain meds for the same condition that you get them for from your regular dr, you're violating your pain management contract and you'll be booted out of that office so fast your head will spin.
Plus you'll be red-flagged and won't be able to find another dr who will prescribe any amount of pain meds at all. Things are really tough since the DEA has come down so hard on drs prescribing narcotics to anyone for pretty much any disease that if you do manage to find a dr that will prescribe you any pain meds at all, you'd better hold on to them with both hands and be sure you do nothing to violate your contract. If you've only been with your current dr a short time, she may just be putting you through a period of adjustment to see if you're willing to stay within your contract and to work with her before agreeing to add to your meds. My best advice is to deal with your current pain as best you can and wait for your refill date. Otherwise you're likely to lose your dr AND any future access to pain medication.
The ER has been in the same spot with many others and they have heard it all. The truth of the matter is that you had a prescription and they were given to you with certain rules and guidelines, such as only taking 1 a day, if you can only get 30. Anyways, you agreed to this regime and you took more than you were supposed to, leaving you with none. Doing so signifies that you have abused this drug and they will not be willing to prescribe you any more because they will you assume that you will do the same with the new prescription. If you go in and tell them that you need some pain pills and they see that you already have your current prescription, they will want to know why you want more and where the other ones went. The doctors here have heard so many different stories whether they are true or false and this paves the way for how they handle future incidents such as this one.
Even if you feel as though you have not abused your prescription, the law and doctors will see this from a different angle. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this is just the honest truth of what will happen to you. If you have to take more than what the doctor has prescribed for you, then maybe you should look into an alternative healing so that you are not chained down by taking prescription pain pills, they can be a killer. Best of luck to you in your health issues.
Well the person above me is right to a degree, there is nothing in a pain contract that says u can't ask for a shot for the pain. Tell them u are supposed to see your doc on Monday and the this happened after hr's and ur meds were not helping. Then it won't go agents u. New injury after. Pain meds not helping and supposed to see Dr on Monday. Should not count against you. Feel better hon
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