I am with a new pain management group and I guess didn't realize how strict they have become about alcohol use. I have been in and out of pain management care since 2003 for chronic pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, back pain etc. Anyway the first time it showed up in my urine the doctor asked me about my drinking and I told her around 2 drinks 2x a week. Which is true. She didn't say anything further, but now I am being put in with the nurse practitioner and she will not reschedule me for my next medication appt. until I see their addiction specialist, who does not take insurance and costs $135. Anyway, I am supposed to go see him tomorrow and I forgot all about it and went to a wine tasting on Friday night. I know these alcohol metabolite tests can go back 80 hours so about 4 days. I have been taking Milk Thistle & Niacin, but don't know if that is enough. Should I try to reschedule my appointment to later in the week. I do not over drink or drink right after taking my pain meds, so I am very responsible about it. I wait 4-6 hours after last dose to drink. I would welcome any advice please? I don't want to get kicked out of this pain group. They have been really good to me until this. Thanks!
Sounds like some kind of way to make money. You have to see a specialist, who by the way doesn't take insurance. My pain dr has only ever asked me once if I drink and I have never heard anything else about it. And they won't schedule you until you see him. Therefore they are leaving you to have withdrawal and this seems ok with them. I checked my lab slip, my pain dr doesn't even check for it.
Yes, reschedule, and be sure not to forget again, they are beyond strict these days. Best not to combine alcohol with pain meds anyway, a spot check will cause you to lose your meds.
Same in AU, due to a history of drug use, I am also subject to random testing which is no big deal. They've just made my drug authority less strict due to strict compliance for 4 years or so.
Those alcohol metabolite tests can go back 80 hours. But that is detecting a bottle of spirits at 4 days. 1 beer/glass of wine is okay so long as it was about a day previously. Look up urine eTG and you will see a whole pile of information on this test.
Good luck. :)
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