I have been dealing with a botched cosmetic dental problem for the last four years. I have had five surgeries in the last four years. I was in such bad pain from my recent surgery that I went to the ER. I could not believe how they treated me. They ask you what medications have you been taking. I told them I was being prescribed Oxycodone 10mg four times a day. I was told this is a Oxycotin free hospital and that maybe I should try NA... Can they say that?
OMG, I cant believe this. where do you live? Are you in Washington State by the way? No they cant just refuse to see you or treat you because you take oxycodone. I guess they could decide not to use that particular drug and perhaps they could suggest you to get off that medication but they cant refuse to treat you! This is getting rediculous and all chronic pain patients need to let their lawmakers know how they are being treated. The government started this kind of BS!! Blaming all addiction on OxyContin is like blaming a pencil for mispelled words! We as pain patients have rights too and lawmakers, in trying to solve a national problem with addiction, are making the wrong people suffer and they need to know it!
Bali: This is just a suggestion, but I carry around a letter from my pain doctor, giving the ER their name, number and my meds. It helps a lot, and as long as I infrequently go to the ER, they trust me. But you better believe that my name is on a list in the ER for drug seeking behaviors. that' what they do. Sad, isn't it?? Congress passes a bill that no one should have to be in unnecessary pain, and the ER's won't help, and neither will half of the doctors. Good luck my friend!
I just heard on the news that in northeast Florida there is a focus on utilizing emergency rooms to slow the tide of abuse of pain meds. they will not be giving schedule 2 narcotics AT ALL and only your PCP will be able to write the RX. They don"t consider it discrimination but to treat all patients on narcotics the same is. They will no longer provide rx for lost or stolen RX. I had mine stolen in the hospital and made a police report which was supposedly through victim services to provide an opportunity to get them back. By the time bureaucratic hoopla had taken place it was time to get them renewed so I went that route. I encourage anyone who loses med or have them stolen to make a police report. It gave me an interesting opportunity to go through withdrawals and I am much more careful and treat my Rx as precious, every pill. I'm not sure if the goal is to not treat pain- it will definitely reduce the population and total healthcare costs.
and yes that was a negative comment. make friends with your pcp and never make a misstep. If you can't seem to do that consider addiction as a cause. God Bless all who hurt. He will mete out the justice to those who hold the keys to relief.
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