I have a bad lower back, due to a fall down my steps at home. I had just had a baby 4 days earlier and was going down my steps holding a laundry basket, catching up from being a mommy to a newborn, when I stepped on my cat, (I didn't see him), his screech made me jump and lose my balance and I went down about 7 steps, on my tailbone/butt. I never had a back problem in my life, was very fit. I have been to numerous Doctors and they say the same thing I have bulging in my L4-L5 and my L5-S1, but not bad enough to do surgery, which I find hard to believe with the amount of pain I am in. My current orthopedic has referred me to 2 different Doctors for a back fusion, and both denied that fact that it was bad enough to do, thankfully (Im scared to death to have surgery). My problem now is, some Doctors have told me one thing and my records indicate something different. I made a huge mistake of getting my medicine (Hydrocodone 5/500) a week early, but I only did it because my back has kept me from working and that was the only time I would have the money for my refill, now I am labeled a Drug seeker??? Why?? In reality, I am seeking, but for the reason being, I am in agonizing pain... now what can I do to prove I am not, can I obtain my medical records?
What are my rights as a patient?
- 25 Jun 2013 by Macko116
- 26 June 2013
Most definately you can get your records. Its really annoying that you can't get scripts when you are ready to and have to wait, but that's the way it is now. Have you talked to your dr and pharmacist and explained this? If you've had the same dr and pharmacist previous records should count for something.
You poor girl! I have bulges in the same places as well as disc degeneration so I know the kind of pain you are in. It is terrible! I was told to do the fusion and I refused. In my observations, they dont seem to help long term anyway and some people are even worse after surgery. Are you seeing a pain management doctor? You will NOT get a PCP to adequately treat this. They are all terrified to treat pain (thanks to the last couple years politics, pressure from the DEA and lobbyist parents of kids who died from overdose there is a BIG push in this country to keep people off pain medications. You are just supposed to suffer for the good of all humanity!) Ask to see a pain management Dr. You may have to try some epidural injections ( a little different from the epidurals you have during labor but same kind of principle) or some other procedures but hopefully they will treat your pain.
You just cant get treatment from PCP's anymore. It has to come from a pain specialist. You do have to be very regular and on time with your refills. They dont allow early refills. You can get your records and take them to another Dr, sure but your best bet is a referral to a pain management doc.
Lots of people with chronic pain are labeled as a drug seeker and it's not fair or right!! If you want you can google "Patient Rights and Responsiabilities" (sorry if I spelled that wrong), and you can get a list of what your rights as a patient are.
Sorry that you are having so much trouble and I wish you luck!
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