I recently seen a pain management doctor for my neck. I have neck problems. I signed a pain contract and have been prescribed Loratab. OK, fine. I also see my gyno for endometriosis and vulvar vestibulitis. I will probably have to have another surgery soon because of the female pain. He(gyno) also has prescribed me loratab. I recently called to have my prescription renewed for the female pain and the nurse called back and stated that he was not going to refill it because another doctor had recently refilled the loratab. Can someone please explain this. I have two chronic conditions. I am new to this and confused. Also, how did the gyno know about the pain management doc yet. My appointment was not with him until another month.
The easiest, and most simple, explanation is more than likely they were told by your pharmacy. There's also an online national database that tracks narcotics that he may have access to. Simply put, you cannot get pain medication from two different doctors. If you signed a contact with your pain management Dr and he found out that you were also getting narcotics from another Dr, no matter what the reason, he could, and most likely would, refuse to treat you any longer. You're going to have to get all your pain meds from your pm dr now. I understand that you have two chronic conditions, but he will have to prescribe for both. If the current level of medication is not enough, perhaps your gyn dr can send a letter outlining the condition that he treats you for and that may have weight with your pm dr. But whatever you do, don't try and get pain meds from both.
At the very least it could get you cut off from meds from both doctors and at worst get you in trouble with the police for Dr/ prescription shopping. Read your contract from the pm dr. You'll see that it specifically states you will not receive pain medication from ANY other source. If and when you're scheduled for surgery, you'll need to discuss this with your pm Dr and your treatment will be adjusted accordingly. Be very careful, it's extremely difficult these days finding even a pm dr that will prescribe narcotics since the DEA is coming down so hard on them - don't do anything to void your contract and get thrown out. You'll never find another pm Dr that will prescribe narcotics for you and most other doctors will not prescribe on any kind of long-term basis. That makes living with chronic, painful conditions utterly miserable. I hope this answers your questions. Good luck!
Lisa is very right. If indeed you had recently had the exact same pain medication, Loratab filled by another doctor, it does look like you are trying to take double the dose. Why would you call your pm doctor to prescribe more of it when you just got it filled by another doctor? Can you see why your pm doctor refused? Or wasn't that correct? Yes, you need to be very careful.
I understand your confusion and the predicament your in. If your not familiar with pain meds its easy to get confused, especially when you have more than 1 condition causing you pain and specialists for each condition. You need to discuss all your medical problems with your pain management specialist and if 7.5 Lortabs are not relieving ALL your pain maybe you need to increase your Lortab to 10s or ask about trying a diffrent pain reliever that will control the pain from both conditions. Finding a pain reliever that covers pain from multiple sites can be difficult and frustrating but can change your life once you find something that works. Good Luck!
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