I have 5 autoimmune diseases that have me in severe pain. I signed a narcotic contract but 30 days ends before my contract date & leaves me for 1 or 2 days with no medicine. I was told by 1 of the Dr's to not take as much as I'm prescribed to do. They treat me like a junkie. Any advice on what I can do?
go over with him again! all your problems, maybe you need a dose increase so you don't run out, be assertive tell him to take a blood or urine test if he needs to, but you have a sever problem and it needs to be addressed. you have to stand up for your rights as a patient to not be in pain.
first of all you need a copy of that pain contract, Nowhere in the contract should it have anything to say about you being left without medication as long as you are following the rules it is the responsibility of your pain management doctor to see that this does not happen, I would simply ask him to explain why you're suppose to decrease your meds and not take as much as is prescribed, whatever directions he writes and appear on that bottle should be the way you are suppose to take the medication, I would ask him to clarify the whole thing that's having you take medication one way and then when it draws near the end of the month then it sounds like you are left on your own, if he treats your pain for any part of the month then it seems to me he is responsibile for finishing the job, Your body reacts by you possibly being in withdrawl for those 1-2 days without medicine,
You can request that he explain why in the world he is doing this and further explain why he is expecting you to go along with this, running out before the end of the month is a problem if you are not getting enough medicine to make your pain tolerable if that's the case you need to explain to the doctor you are not getting enough medicine to treat your pain in that case he should be able to adjust your dose to accomidate you for the entire month. I wish you the very best,
Billy is right. Also before you call or go in, write down all your question first, & then your concerns about your conditions. Try to do this this as professionally as poissible, and I'm not saying you aren't, but a lot of doctors are getting a hard time with the FDA about writing pain scripts right now, & they also don't want to hear someone complaning & whining about their problems, I know you have to convey your problems, but I insist that writing all this down before an appontment helps. Also taking any tests, lab work & other medical records bears more wieght. Good luck & let us know how you come out. As far as the contract it should be in effect until you change doctors...
Billy is right. They should be giving you the amount of medication to cover 30 days of the way it is prescribed. Say you take a med as directed: 1 tab every 6 hours as needed for pain. They should be giving you 4 tabs per day and 30 days worth would be 120 pills. If they dont give you the full 30 days worth then you should be able to refill when the amount of med is due. If they give you 90 pills for the same directions you should be able to fill in 22-23 days. They should be getting you into the office before your 30 days of pills runs out even if they have to see you a day or two early. They can always write directions :Do not fill until such and such date, if they dont want you to fill any earlier than 30 days. They SHOULD be giving you enough to cover those 30 days or they should change either the directions or the amount to cover the 30 days. It is not right to leave you sitting 1-2 days without meds.
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