I've been on oxycodone for about 3 years. I've had two foot surgeries and each time the pain comes back worse. Since I favor my foot I walk funny and my back goes out at least once a month and I'm stuck in bed. My doctor told me when that happens to take 2 of my meds. I do that only when I'm in uncontrollable pain. Since my doctor retired the new doctor taking his place won't refill the medication. I only a a few pills left. I took two yesterday and one today. I'm really shaking today and don't feel that great. Can you go through withdrawals when you only take what doctor has prescribed? What about the pain? What do I do?
Are you seeing a general practitioner or a Pain Management Doctor? If you are seeing a GP, ask for a referral to a PMD, and if they refuse, change to a different GP. In fact, if I were you, I'd start off with that step first and try to see if the new one will help you. Doctors are very sketchy about prescribing opiates to patients, especially those they don't have an established relationship with, even IF they see you have a prescription history. It's because the Federal agencies come down on them so hard. PMD's, on the other hand, are expected to prescribe these medications to almost every patient, so it's not a problem for them. I'm so sorry you're suffering.
If I were you, I would approach the conversation without bringing up your recent rejection and start with "I have something a little uncomfortable to talk with you about. I know that many Dr's are hesitant to prescribe opiates, however, this is something that my Dr. of 15 years did for me due to my _____. Now, he has retired, and I don't know who to turn to or how to get help. I don't know if I need more medicine, or steroid injections, or what is right for me. Do you have any advice?" That takes the pressure off them of "I need narcotics," and lets them know that you're putting your trust in their capable hands. They'll be more likely to want to become invested, and, if they don't want to touch writing a prescription, more likely to want to help you (but also wash their hands of it) by referring you to a PMD (PMDs do steroid injections, by the way). You might get stuck with "let's order an MRI for you," and if that happens, ask "what should I do for pain in the interim?" They might be willing to write a short-term script.
Do a little research before you go, and come with a list of names under your insurance of PMDs. Dr's love to network, and they'll likely feel much better if they look at the list and see someone they recognize.
I'm sorry you are the victim of the government taking over our health care needs.
Your doctor should have discussed it with the follow up doctor . If he was not in agreement, he should have given you better options.
We are talking about dangerous withdrawal symptoms here.
If you are down to a few you need to act quickly because once it starts you may not be able to act on your needs.
I would call that office and be forceful on how your symptoms are beginning. Tell him your afraid because you are alone at present.
Tell them you will be forced to go to the ER soon if they don't help you.
They don't like their personal business being put out there to be legally charted on. They may give you a script to get you through.
The reason I mentioned about saying you are home alone is because you are being put potentially, in a dangers situation with going through withdrawal on your own.
You may want to invest $100 for a med-mal lawyer to send a letter demanding better choices for your health care needs.
They are afraid of the law but being sued is their worst nightmare!
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