I have a heart condition that requires a transplant to fix. I am not a candidate for a transplant because of Hep C . I did not respond to a year of chemo, so I would not be able to take the anti imune drugs required after a transplant. I also suffer from cronic arthirc pain in my hands wrist and shoulders. For the last two and a half years my doctor has treated this woith pain meds. First Vicoden and now Norco. Because of a conflict between him and myself over a request for a toxicoloy test, he has denied my refill for my pain meds. i'm not a recreational drug user, never have been and can't afford to pay for unnecessary test. It's all I can do to make ends meet as it is. At this point it wouldnt matter if I took the test or not because he's not going to trust the results anyway. So he choses to provide what I consider to be punitive medical practices by potentally putting me into withdrawls. With my heart condition as it is, I'm not sure I would even be albe to survive and withdrawls. My option now it seems would be a trip to the emergency room when withdrawl symptoms begin, the cost of which will be astronomical. My question is am I making this bigger than it really is? Should I be this concerned about being able to survive withdrawls? My condition is such that I can walk about 20 yards before I must stop, set down and catch my breath. Does this consitute malpractice on his part? I feel his actions or lack of are severly compromising my well being, not to speak of the unnecessary pain and suffering this will cause. The Doctor is on vacation till the 2nd of December.
Most doctors these days have patients sign a contolled substance contract. If you have signed one, then the doctor may ask for a drug test. Mostly this is to prove to the DEA that the drugs are being taken as prescribed, and not sold to someone else. If your doctor uses these contracts, he can't just pick and choose who he makes follow the contract. Most other people who are on maintenance pain meds etc.. are going through the same thing. The test is to make sure the meds he is giving you are in your system. Many prescription drugs get sold on the streets... contracts and drug tests are just one way to stop that.
Sorry you are in so much pain. I would go ahead a have the test, its just the way things are now. I understand your frustration.
- Norco Information for Consumers
- Norco Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Norco (detailed)
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