... a fear that I may go to my next appointment and learn that I will no longer be seen. If this happens, will a final prescription be written or will I be sent away without out even receiving a last prescription. I am so worried about this. Will a clinic actually do this or will they at least give you a final prescription so you have 30 days to find another doctor? Help!!
Yes, typically they will provide a one month prescription. Try not to worry. I know how difficult that can be, as I may soon be in the same predicament. I've read lot of stories of others in the same position, and every one of them was provided a final 30-day script. Good luck.
Hi Deborah, it is their obligation to, at the very least, give you a plan of coming off certain medications. I would be very concerned if they do not. Also, if they do give you a last months supply, be sure to take exactly as directed to avoid withdrawals. I hope you are in the process of finding new pain management.
Oh dear, in this case it's important to know your rights, if you have a diagnosed disease or condition that requires the use of narcotics and you have used these narcotics in a responsible way your primary care MUST do the following things if your pain cllinic shuts down.
1. Provide you with the needed medications until you are safely in the care of another pain clinic.
2. Find you another pain clinic willing to take you.
If your primary care doctor is unable to find you another doctor they must take over that part of your care until they do find you one.
doctors all over the country have been kicking patients out of there practice but they actually cannot do that unless you are abusing your meds they must have cause and as an established patient they cannot just leave you with no treatment.
They can try to make you believe that they can just say no, but in actuality they cannot as long as your an established patient, it is there responsibility to treat you or find a secondary doctor who will. They cannot tell you to find a pain clinic because they almost didn't exist in some states due to mismanagement doctors are scared and they are just protecting themselves but for those of us who have never abused our medications and take reasonable levels of said meds they are stuck with us. Know your rights. Don't hesitate to get an attorney to write a letter it's the best 100 bucks you will ever spend reminding your doctor of his or hers legal responsibilities to us is sometimes necessary. Also call your insurance company they can help as well by adding pressure to your doctors... they have a contract/
The overwhelming fear sweeping through the pain management area of medical treatment is going to result in a lot more clinics closing and doctors just leaving the practice and going back to being a regular internal medicine doctor or whatever they were. This is a dark time to have any type of chronic pain issue. You got some good advice already, you should be given a final script and a referral. It will be up to you to taper yourself down. Be sure to find out as much as you can about where ever you decide to go. You don't want to go somewhere even worse, which is what happened to me.
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