It said right on here that african american and women do not get as good treatment as men do as far as the amount and and the control of their pain. It is already hard as it is to get treament. I'am a 53 yr old white women on disability with quite a few conditions that cause severe chronic pain and i fell at home quite a few times due to a bad hip from osteporosis and arthritis and my Doctor thinks i caused trauma because i could not walk, she thinks it is my sciatic nerve because i have severe pain in my lower back buttocks and legs and feet and a also went to the ER because of the pain and to make sure i didn;t break any bones and they also agreed that it was also my sciatic nerve. Well my Doctor sent me to a neurologist to examine me, well right away she asked me to stand which i tried but i couldn't so i sat back down in the wheel chair all she did was look at my medication list and right away she didn't look at my papers stating whats wrong with me. So she then proceeded to tell me i'm an addict and needed help and that she would not help me, i don't drink or take anything that is not perscribed for me. It hurt me and i started crying and what made it worse is her office door was open for everyone in the waiting room to hear. Well i just left and i haven't been to any other Doctors, i have lost my faith in them. I was on fentanyl patches 75 mcg every 3 days and 15 mg morphine tabs 4 x daily. I'am starting to go thru something from running out of my pills and i might have 2 patches left and when they are gone i don't know what to do. I actually want to just go to sleep and not wake up. I'm really trying to fight it but the more the pain comes back the more i want to give up. These Doctors have no right to treat you loke that, they just make a bad situation even worse, what happened to common curtesy... Also i read on here a lady or someone was having problems breaking out from their patches. Well a Doctor i used to have his assistant told me to use flonase nasal spray around the edge of the patch where it sticks and it will keep you from breaking out. I do it but i was using the patches with the gel inside though so you might want to ask your Doctor about it. I haven't been breaking out but i hope it wasn't interfering with the medicine.. Good luck to all of you out their that have to go thru alot of crap just to live a halfway comfortable life...
i am sooooooo sorry for what you are going through. please do not give up! i have chronic lower back pain. it really is annoying to say the least. my pain management dr is a jerk. maybe its cuz im a 25yr old female... idk. you really shouldnt give up though. you should try to find a new, more understanding dr. if you run out of patches, go to the hospital. idk how long you have been on them, and i dont know much about them, but i have heard plenty of horror stories about the withdrawls. not only from your meds, but pretty much anything for pain. but the meds you are on are pretty freakin strong, and to me, that doesnt say ADDICT. that says severe PAIN. you really need a new doctor. i dont want you to go through withdrawls, but more than that, i dont want you to go through pain. its not right for your dr to do you like that. to call you an addict in front of everyone... thats probably breaking a law! i would gather all of my medical records and see someone new. perhaps a female dr. i have to drive an hour to see the quack i see. and he doesnt even help me. he thinks all my pain is due to arthritis, but after 3 different arthritis meds and nerve blocks, and steriod shots... im in more pain now than before. i have other problems. he just shrugs it off and says "its not likely that they are the cause of your pain". im looking for someone else. the other dr is 45min away. they have a 2month wait to get in there. thats how you know they are good in my opinion! the one i went to, i chose them because they could see me the next week. i guess its cuz they suck and nobody wants to go there. im praying for you. dont give up. dont let them embarass you. let them know that you are not an addict. you may depend on your meds to help you function and do daily things such as chores, but that does not mean you are an addict. if it werent for what little meds i do get, i wouldnt be able to move off the couch. i hope things work out. keep us posted. but if the pain is too bad, please dont suffer. go to the hospital... they usually give you something to hold you over till you can make it to the dr. xoxo
MellissaB is right and you are not alone in being treated like an addict when you have a true chronic pain condition as it even happened to me at a place that is now shut down for giving out scripts to drug seekers and all other bad things. I did what you are doing now. I got so upset after telling this doctor I had never seen before in my life that he could at least physically examine me and do any tests known to man along with looking at my medical records that were in my car that dated back to the day of the accident that caused RSD.
I had never been so upset in my life as I was that day and afterward as he ripped up my already written scripts in front of me and told me I didn't even have this disease that 3 previous doctors all agreed that I did have including the workers comp doctor many years prior to.
I went home with nothing, stopped taking what I had left and refused to take them back even though my regular doctor there offered them to me for over 3mos until I realized that not only the dangerous position I was in while detoxing (as I could've had seizures or worse) but afterward realized just how bad the RSD had gotten over 10 plus years at that point. I finally reluctantly took them back but immediately started looking for a new doctor which I only found 9mos later as it seemed no doctor was willing to take my Medicare only ins.
I went back to my 1st pain doctor who told me how proud he was of me to remain on the same dosage for 9 of over 11yrs and also told me I no longer belonged in pain management and now I have an Internal med doctor who is taking care of both my pain care needs and all my health care needs which were not getting taken care of due to having to see this other doctor every 28 days along with also trying to help my aging family get to their own appts as I have no help and not enough family.
I just saw him for the last time on Tuesday as I got very emotional knowing he was truly the only one that ever cared about me as a real person; not just as another number or dollar amount. He didn't see me as an addict but a person with a life long chronic pain disease that doesn't get better but worse with time.
I know what this doctor did to you mentally and she had NO right to treat you that way. You are not alone and don't do what I did to myself as now I have new health problems that I honestly believe was caused by my hurt feelings and knowing I was dependent and not an addict as I stubbornly went into withdrawals and every part of my life and capabilities went down so far that only a year later am I now feeling better even though I went back on my meds 3mos later.
I am literally crying for you as I was exactly where you are one year ago. I too never drink and have never abused my scripts. In the past I was offered higher doses at least 4 times or more and refused them due to knowing I have to live in a certain amount of pain and considering that I was only 31 when I got this disease and am now 42.
I lost all faith in doctors too until I went back to my 1st pain doctor who agreed that no doctor should have ever done to me what was done. I am still leery with the system but now have a great doctor that I do respect.
You met one of the worst doctors out there and it could even happen to you again. Women are in the highest group of people suffering in chronic pain and honestly the men I have known who suffer are treated worse than I have been.
Don't give up and make sure you get your meds. I know this is a Holiday weekend and I fear you already will suffer needlessly until Tuesday at least. You know who you are and how bad your pain truly is. Do not allow this one cruel doctor to redefine how you feel about yourself as that is exactly what I did even though I knew I was right and the doctor was very wrong treating me that way.
You didn't deserve this at all and I know you are in a great deal of stress over going through this and loss of trust. The stress alone will make your suffering worse. I was an idiot for not allowing my regular pain doctor to give me the meds I know I was taking correctly and needed back because of the exact experience you had.
I pray you make it through the weekend and are able to get your scripts on Tuesday. Please remember and know; you did nothing wrong...
Do not allow this horrible doctor to continue to make you feel this way and know it was her problem; not your own. She was wrong and you will most likely never get an apology that you deserve.
My prayers are with you,
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