I have an artificial disc in my lower back, it has now caused scoliosis, bone spurs, and is actually slighty dislocated! Plus fibromyalgia. I am on 30mg oxycodone 2 times a day from my family doc. But he had to send me to a pain doc. The pain doc did xrays and saw the problem, and said I need it fused. He was very nice, and told me he new I was not drug seeking. Gave me a script for 15mg oxycodone, no more than 5 a day. I am suppose to get that filled in a few days. The problem is that he drug tested me, and I know I had pot in my system. I have had nausea every day since chemo for hep c. and that was 3 yrs ago. I have had every test done 2 c what is wrong, and can't find the reason. I didn't tell him it would be in my system, now i'm scared to death he's gonna drop me and cancel my script. I wanted to tell him soo bad about the pot, but the everyone I talked to said not to say anything, and maybe he won't. I am regreting not saying anything to him, I wanted to be honest, and let him know that it was for my nausea. no other meds helped it. I signed a contract of course. Should I call and try to talk to him about it? I want him to trust me. I stopped smoking 6 days before I went in, and plan to stay off of it, cause I need pain meds more than pot. What do I do? Thanks, God Bless.
Hi babstimp82 I am so sorry about all your serious problems. Pain Management is about your only hope getting pain meds, at least its so where I live. If I were you, rather than calling. Write your Dr. a registered letter explaining it all in your own words.
Good luck: saucerman
It may depend on what type of test they ran. A lot send them out to a lab, but some do a dip stick test, & he would have had the results when you saw him. If it's really working on you I agree you should probably send him a note telling exactly what you did here. There are other meds for nausea. I take the generic form of compazine for mine & it works great. Have you tried something like this? You might even mention that in your note wondering if there is something he could give you for the nausea too. The laws have changed in a little over a year, because the FDA & DEA have come down hard on these Pain Management docs, & many have lost their license to practice so he is just protecting himself by testing you to see if you have oxycontin or whatever you were suppose to be on at that time.
It may be that you weren't tested for the THC, but I wouldn't chance it. You obviously need the care. Did your pain doc refer you or is he going to refer you to a neurosurgeon for a fusion? My hubby has had 4, 2 in his neck & 2 in the lower spine. Sometimes they help & sometimes not. You will more than likely still have some chrontic pain afterwards. Scar tissue still builds up & nerve roots get damaged from the condition you have now. I wish you the best, & good luck... Mary
Honesty is always the best policy. It would probably have been best if you would have told him right away but for now, wait and see if it shows. Trust me, you wont be the first one to show up with pot in your system. Did your contract say anything about marijuana? Mine specifically states that my Drs do not recommend that opioids be used with marijuana because they dont know what all the consequences of using both may be, but I live in a state where marijuana is legal for medical reasons (AZ). If it does show up in your urine, what should happen is that your Dr should counsel you not to use it while on opioids and if it shows again in another screen you will be dropped as a pain patient from their office. This is what SHOULD happen but not all Drs do this. Some are very strict and will drop patients for the first infraction.
Read your contract carefully and see if it even mentions anything. Are you still smoking? If yes, then I would stop. If you do test positive then you can explain why you were using when you first came in but state that you stopped after your first visit and you can ask about drugs for nausea. Compazine is a really good one. So is Zofran. You might try those if you have not already. Just tell him honestly why you used and why you didnt mention it before and let him know that you have stopped using and wont use again because you need the opioids. If he is a reasonable Dr then he should be understanding and will counsel you but be sure that it doesnt show again because it can be grounds for dropping you as a patient.
hello and welcome,
i hope your pain doc is the kind and compassionate type of doc, possibly onethat has experienced severe chronic pain themselves, as this helps immensely with your care and treatment. I don't think its possible for the doc to stop your prescription f it is written out, as all class ii prescriptions are, by law. I would try not to worry and have a heart to heart with hte doc at your next visit, explain the situation to him/her and hope that you get one mulligan. As we all know, humans are not perfect, and therefor are apt to make mistakes... oops, you made a mistake by omission. Hell, at least your not on meth. Marijuana serves a great addition to chronic pain patients, cancer patients, anorexic ptients, etc.
by increasing apetite and decreasing nausea, Personally, I don't see anything wrong with pot, how many stoned people hae you seen start a fight in te miggle of the street, like soooooooo many drunks do. And yet, alcohol is legal... so is tobacco, two very bad things for you.
sorry i wax poetic, i am praying for you that you will have an understanding doc and that they will try to work with you regarding all of your issues. Might i suggest you seek the additional opinion from a psychiatrist?
I finally got out of the pain doc merry go round... awful experience for me
as I was treated like a drug addict and did not receive adequate pain meds, the doc got me addicted to fentanyl then didnt give me an adequate dosage to prevent withdrawals... soi was in a constant state of withdrawal and pain. My shrink got very pissed of and told me he would take care of my pain issues... Thank God... I am now a pain free non psychotic pain patient and a really happy hippie. i hate the pain doc having their lives in their hands as some of them are great big a-hole meanies. And ive been a chronic pain patient for over ten years
i wish the very best for you in your adventures and will ask the higher ups to bless you with peace and freedom and a calmness in your heart.
Peace out and let yer freak flag fly high,
sweet hippified psycho chickie
You signed off with "God Bless" so you won't be taken aback by my opinion. Which do YOU think is worse, telling him BEFORE he finds it or having him find it BEFORE he tells you? Pain Docs deal with liars every day, so I feel if you are found to be a liar you may very well lose your script. The truth will set you free, yes? Yes.
I have had a pain doctor who forgives the FIRST time only, as he knows that people have to self medicate sometimes as they have no one to help them with the pain. I hope that your doctor is the same, but yes, tell him ASAP. If a PM finds out that you lie, that's it. They NEVER trust you again. Even if he forgives you, if you don't tell him, and finds out, he won't trust you if you tell him you need additional pain meds. Explain to him WHY you are smoking MJ, and tell him that you were afraid to tell him, incase he just refused to see you because you are desperate for pain relief. I am sure that you will be ok, but if he ever catches you again... well you can kiss your entire relationship with ANY PM goodbye. Good luck!
I have suffered from cronic pain most my life. I have found out that it is always best to be honest. Lets face it(dr are not stuiped). If u have a good dr he will #1, appreciate your honesty,  he'll understand. I wish u luck!
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