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Mar 24, 2016 9:21 AM

Yesterday I went to my first appointment with the Pain Management Doctor. I liked the doctor. He Listened, reviewed all my information, asked me about my expectations, informed me of what he could do. Requested that I make a couple other specialist apart of my team. Prescribed medication that could help with my pain as well as treat other symptoms I am having.
There is an aspect of the visit that I struggle with. I had to sign a contract. Well actually two contracts. That was beyond weird for me. I am sure for some people these contracts are necessary but I have never abused illegal or prescribed substances/ medication. Talking about it made me cry. Do not want to be lumped together with drug abusers when all I have is chronic pain due to my illness. I know that is the world we live in but I want to be looked at as who I am. ..an individual.

Mar 24, 2016 1:18 PM

MySistersKeeper, please don't be upset by the doctor's office having you sign the contract. You know, his/her license is on the line and it is protection for them with all that is going on with the new DEA rules and regs. I have been going to the same pain management office for over 20 years and they trust me implicitly. I had to sign the contract when the new year rolled in and the new standards were put in place. I was not offended and I didn't consider myself lumped in with drug addicts either. I know when our clinic started with the contracts they caught and dismissed 800 patients who were both Doctor shopping and using multiple pharmacies. I also had to sign a contract with my pharmacist that I would not be getting my RX filled anywhere else. Doctors are taking a lot of heat for trying to do the right thing. Look, I know that if they took my meds, I wouldn't be able to function with my levels of pain. However, I know I've never done anything wrong so as far as I'm concerned, none of this is on me. Hope this helps you to feel better. {{{Hugs}}} 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Mar 24, 2016 8:01 PM

I had to sign one too. It's the standard for everyone now with new federal guidelines. Hugs!

Mar 25, 2016 7:46 PM

Thanks Alwayz and Flappy being new on this end I did not see it that way. I understand now and appreciate you both sharing and explaining. New ground for me!

Mar 26, 2016 7:45 AM

I hope the new pain meds help you! And don't worry, if they don't there are several types to try and there's actually a blood test you can ask your doctor about to test what medications will work on you the best!

Mar 26, 2016 9:09 AM

Mysisterskeeper, don't worry I had to sign the contract as well.. My doctor trusts me completely and rarely does the urin sample but has to do one per the new regulations. If they find something off then that's when they can look at the pharmacy and see what you filled, one time I forgot to tell him about my panic attacks and the pill showed up in my pee sample and then he looked back and saw and I explained I forgot to mention it to them that it was a new prescription and he was okay and we moved on. I pray that he can help you at least keep the pain under control.

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