I have legit pain and I was fired by my pain doc. What can I do now?
Sounds like you are in a rough situation. I've been at the same pain management clinic for about 10-12 years. In the last four, they have gotten much more strict about urine and blood tests. The contracts are binding, but if this is the only time that you have taken something that was not from your own Dr., call and get a sit down. If you made an honest mistake, ie forgot to tell the other Dr. to check with your pain Dr., they may take you back. You might be on probation, but the worst they can say is no. I know its really hard when you have a lot of pain and what you have isn't working as well to try and see if another doc will help, but it will only get you blacklisted. You said no one will take you after that. Are you trying with GPs or pain management clinics. If you haven't tried the pain management clinics, get a consult and be upfront about what happened. They may take you.
I know my pain specialist would show me the door if I took ANY pain med other than what he prescribes. At the ER I can take pain meds while there - while under their care - but the moment I step out the door I cannot take anything more. It is my responsibility to tell the ER doctor to notify my doctor of the need for an increase in pain meds. Then it is my responsibility to then travel to my pain specialist's office to pick up a prescription for the increased amount, or different, pain med. These doctors are tough because they have to be. The DEA is watching them so closely - if they want to stay practicing medicine they need to enforce these rules. I'm sorry if yours didn't explain things well enough. It will be difficult to find another doctor. If it were me, I would keep on trying to see a new pain specialist and tell them your story - and just how hard it is to go through life without these meds. Perhaps you will find a sympathetic doctor. Regards - EJ23
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