... pain and multiple spinal issues? Prior to my car accident i had 0 drugs 0 alcohol for 24 years. Afterwards, i followed the doc's orders to take 1 or 2 if needed. i was in rural town, storming out, couldnt go to the hospital and ended up taking 2 times 3 a day of my 5mg vicodin cuz my spinal syrinx was really causing pain plus my whole body from the spinal discs multiple issues. when i finally made it into the doc i told them i was out, it was 5 days before i would be out of meds. they have penalized me since and i been opioid ineligible since 2004 and continue immense chronic pain. they give me non inflammatory only now my stomach is paining and i have utererus cysts whilch i will have surgery for in two days. i really need help, i am on SSI and medicaid, can i go to a pain clinic? any advice?
You mean your regular MD penalized you for the past 6 years because you ran out of meds a few days early??? I have so many questions I don't know where to start! Did you sign a contract with him that you would not seek pain meds elsewhere? Did you try? Even if you did, times up, contract is no longer valid. I believe it's either 5 or 7 years. Not even sure that type of contract is valid with a regular MD, not positive but doubtful. I might be wrong on the time linit on the contract but I remember having to sign another one because they said it was "running out." Secondly, you have every right to see a pain specialist. And if you are totally honest with him/her, they will be appalled. The ONLY mistake you may have made was not calling your doc during the storm and letting him know what was happening.
But even so, how could he possibly blame you? Your doc violated an Oath he took because he DID cause you harm. Who said you were "opioid ineligible?" I have no respect for ignorant doctors. Are you suppose to have this surgery with no anesthesia either?? I would file a complaint with the Medical Group he is in. If you wouldn't mind filling in a few details, I would LOVE to help you out. All this time in so much pain... unacceptable!!
I agree that you needed to tell the doctor at the time you ran out early but you should no longer be treated this way after 6yrs for a one time incident.
If you never sought drugs from any other type of doctor/dentist, you need to find a new doctor soon. I agree that this doctor is doing harm and not helping you. I had the same problem until recently even though I never ran out of my meds early yet was treated like a drug seeker even with medical records dating back 11yrs ago to my own car accident. I passed all their drug screens even testing for the amounts of my own meds in my system and am/was very compliant.
After being in pain that long you should seek out a pain doctor who would help put you with an Internal Medicine doctor and would work together on your treatment and being stable on your pain meds.
I recently went back to my 1st pain doctor who diagnosed me with RSD and he said I had NO business still being in pain management after being on the same dose for 9 of 11yrs refusing increases offered to me many times.
Now I have a doctor working with this pain doctor that is going to take over writing my scripts and if it gets worse or the pain does, she can consult with him about what to do.
I am on a much stronger, long lasting narcotic with Percocet as a "breakthrough pain med" and no longer need pain management as that is to only stabilize you and then for that and your overall health care, an Internal medicine doctor is the best if they are willing to work with a pain specialist.
A true pain management doctor should diagnose you, evaluate your best treatments, and decide what/how much medication you need. Once any treatments are done and you are stable on your meds, an Internal doctor who is willing to work with a good pain doctor is always in your best interest.
If I were you, I would be looking for another doctor now as the one you have is punishing you for a minor infraction if it only happened one time and you were/are compliant with every other condition.
A good one is hard to find but well worth the trouble to look for. I now have to drive 40mins one way to see my new doctors but now realize I should have never had to stay in pain management once all treatments were exhausted and staying on the same meds and dosage for so many years.
I feel such helplessness when I read posts like yours, thinking about your suffering and the coldness and cruelty of a doctor of medicine trained to ease suffering turning away from you. I am trying to understand why they seem to jump to the conclusion that you are a junkie with an obvious history of conditions that clearly cause pain. My PM doctor says that pain itself does terrible things to the body- that you would be forced to endure it in this way is just appalling. So firstly- HUGS to you.
Then- one thing I advise is that you start keeping a log of your pain levels, not so much for you current ob/gyn condition, but for the other conditions that need meds. Note your levels of pain and when you most feel the need for medication. Doctors like this kind of information. Note anything you do take (sounds like you are limited to things like ibuprofen) and how your pain level changes.
In addition, look your pain management doctor in the eye and relate what you told us- that you were in terrible pain and cut of from your doctor, and that you only took slightly more than prescribed- that your pain was horrific and that you are undermedicated for your conditions. I feel strongly that clarity and honesty is important in relating with a pain management doctor.
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