I am a 32yr old male who lives with sickle cell anemia. I have had the same and only doctor for 10yrs. He started prescribing me oxycontin 80mg when it just came out. After years of taking this medication he was prescribing me 9 oxycontins a day and 300 roxycodones for the month which he says was for break thru pain on top of that he prescribed 30 Xanax for the month and promethazine with codin (im sure I misspelled that one). Obviously I became very dependent on these medications. In the back of my head I always knew this was a lot of medication but by that time I was already hooked. My doctor finally decided he didn't want to prescribe any more pain medication to any patients and wanted to change fields which left me and many others scrambling to look for a new doctor. I am proud to say today is 4 days clean. Yes I know many of you are probably thinking 4days, but to me its a tremendous start I can only take one day at a time. I remember going into my doctors office many times in tears telling my doctor that these medications are changing me and destroying my life but not once did he try to help me get off the medication or come up with different solutions. He told me that I will be on pain medication my entire life. I trusted that he knew what he was doing. I thank God. Everyday that my wife or kids never found me dead. My question is im considering suing him for medical negligence. I was also hospitalized many times at which he would prescribe the same meds I took are home and than included demirol or morphine which caused me to have seizures and even worse I missed the birth of my first child because I was in a coma from the morphine. I think that this doctor should be held responsible for over prescribing weather I get money from this settlement or not I don't want this to happen to somebody else I don't want them to have to go through what me and most of all my family went through. Has anyone went through a similar situation or can someone tell me if I have a case against this doctor or give me a good attorneys name who has delt with the same circumstances? I take full responsibility for my part the addition to the medication had control over me. Please if anyone is out there I need some advice. Also my doctor only wanted me to go to one particular pharmacy which I found out this morning is under investigation. I stopped going there though when I realized enough was enough and my life and my family were more important than the drug. I need advice please help and thanks for reading my story.
Wow! I find it amazing that you are still breathing and with us! You must have had some tolerance to pain meds before you went to him if you were able to handle even one 80mg Oxycontin let alone 9 per day (although I'm sure you worked up to that dose). He had you on over 1000mg of oxycodone a day-that is extreme! Yes, this Dr was very indiscriminate in his prescribing. He probably moves to prevent too much tracking in one state. Or he was in trouble and didnt want you to know. It is not unusual for a pain Dr to ask you to use only one pharmacy but that should be a pharmacy of your choosing not one HE wants you to go to-thats a bit fishy. I dont understand why no one at the hospitals you were in ever questioned his prescribing practices. Even they were negligent for not questioning that kind of dosing!!! Were you placed in a coma on purpose or was it accidental? If it was an accidental coma from too much medicine then the hospital overlooking his prescribing, and not intervening at that time, was negligent too. I'm sorry I dont have a lawyer to recommend but I do think you have a good case on many levels and I think any lawyer will take the case seeing this to be so. I recently read about the arrest of several Drs in the Florida area who were pulling the same kind of crap. Their clinic was basically a drug ring disquised as a clinic. It was all cash payment. People went in, paid their money and got their drugs. They had an MRI machine in the parking lot of a strip mall that operated 24/7 to help pad the charts with evidence to support the drug use. Drs like this NEED to be stopped. They are the ones getting meds out on the street. They are the ones responsible for killing people directly and indirectly. They are the ones responsible for so much bad press that it makes it harder for legit, responsible patients (not that I'm saying you were not a legit pain patient-you very obviously had a reason to need pain meds) and legit, responsible Drs to be able to treat those patients without so much scrutiny. It is just bad for everyone all around! Good luck with your case and keep up the good work on your recovery! I think God must have some special purpose for you to fulfill because it is by his good grace that you are still here!
I did sue a store where I had a slip and fall accident which led to many surgeries and a life of pain. The stress of the lawsuit and having to get all the medical records, prepare for trial and have EVERYTHING in my medical history brought out and questioned was no way worth the money I received - and it was a good amount. The money is long gone now, spent on medical bills, but all I remember is all the stress myself and my family went through. I would ask yourself if you really want to go through all that? Your doctor could have written who knows what in your medical records to justify his prescribing your meds and a lawyer will use anything they can to make you look bad - perhaps in a courtroom and your story may even make the evening news. It's an incredible lot to deal with. Just make sure you really want to put yourself through all that. There are a lot of doctors who prescribed a lot of meds there for awhile, but now things have changed. Doctors have learned these meds end up hurting us rather than helping us. Your doctor had a lot of company and now he has changed. If he were still prescribing that much then you could help people who are still going to him. With him not prescribing these meds anymore who will you help, and what will be the personal cost for you? Kind Regards -
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