I don't wish it on anyone. it would be nice if doctors understood. my rheumatologist who treats Fibromyalgia is just as bad. I ask if he could handle all my meds for Fibro, I take a pain pill, a muscle relaxer, and a sleeping pill (I couldn't handle the Fibro meds)...he said no I needed to go back to my GP if he actually prescribed them .....Jerk but he is the only Fibro Doctor in my whole county, it's great.... things will change as more and more research is done stay strong and don't go to the dark side, like our so called medical support team**/
I am tired of people treating me like I am a drug addict every time I go in for prescription renewals of narcotics at the drug store or at the doctors. They look at me with suspicion every time. I am prescribed 90 days of medication but they only dole out 30 days at a time, I can't even get my meds a day early if I am going away for the weekend and if I mistakenly go there a day early they get suspicious. I even had a pharmacist move back from the counter when I asked for them a day early once.
I use two narcotics, Percocet and Oxyneo, the percocet is prescribed as 2 every 4 hours as needed, yet they only give me enough for 2 a day, what the hell is that about. My pain doesn't follow a time clock and some days I need 2 at a time never mind just 2 a day.
The doctor makes me piss in a cup every 3 months for prescription renewals, I have had to do this for years now, I have never failed a test and nor do I use street drugs so why do I have to continue to these tests.
I am on a lot of other meds, like Lyrica, Gabapentin, Naproxin and Cyclobenziprine but no one worries about them, yet I find them to be so much more powerful and something they should be a lot more concerned about it miss used. The narcotics I now have a bad reputation but I don't think they are anywhere near as powerful or dangerous then those other meds.
hey CA, I understand your frustration more than you could possibly know. I injured my back several years ago. To make a long story short, the Neuro surgeon mis read my MRI. He left a bone spur the size of my thumb on my spine. It was compressing my spinal cord 50%, was crushing my L5 nerve, and my L4 nerve was fused to the spur. For a year I repeatedly told the surgeon the pain was getting WAY worse. After a year of me calling, he told me that he and all of the members of his practice had reviewed my scans and said there was nothing surgically that could be done. So, he pawned me off on a pain clinic. They put me on a cocktail of 9 drugs, including a massive dose of the drug from HELL...LYRICA. It did nothing but turn me into a Zombie and make me fat. After a few years of this, my sister got me an Appt. with Dr. Donald Corenman at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. IT WAS WORTH THE TRIP!! He showed me on the scan all of the above listed issues. I could see them before he pointed them out. He completed the surgery to remove the spur, address the damage it had caused and fused the level. He also did surgery on my S1 when it blew out last year. But, the damage was already done. My L4, L5 and S1 nerves are all damaged, severely. So, I get to live in Chronic Pain 24/7. It's caused severe depression, insomnia and numerous other problems. I just turned 36. I've been dealing with this for 10 years now. Nearly EVERYTIME I go to a new Dr, or pharmacy, I get the same crap. I even had one asshole Pharmacist refuse to fill my pain prescriptions. When I went to pick them up in the drive thru, he looked at me and said "I'm not filling these, I know what you people do with them". I WAS LIVID!!!!! I'm usually a very calm person, but I let that jerk have it...making sure every customer heard me and why I was SOOOO MAD!! I'm lucky in the sense that I have a few Dr's that make the effort to understand what I go through. One in particular has helped me in numerous ways. He is currently helping me find a new pharmacy that won't be such jerks. CA, REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE THE CUSTOMER, at the dr's and the pharmacy! Don't put up with it, find a new Dr. and pharmacy!! I'm sure if you look, you'll find a chat room or chronic pain group where you live that will help you with suggestions. Also, set up a time to meet with the head pharmacist wherever you end up going. I'm doing this at my new one and bringing a copy of my medical records. I've had a total of 16 surgeries all together, so just slamming 800 pages of med records on the table, usually lets them know you have what you say you have and need what you say you need. Good luck to you!
I have never heard of a pharmacy refusing to fill a prescription like that. You shouldn't have to prove to them what your diagnosis is, it's none of their business. And I agree, you are the patient/customer. Be choosy about your doctor and if they treat you badly...see someone else. People are ignorant about chronic pain. They think we are drug-seeking and making it all up. If they could spend just one day in pain like us, there would probably be a lot more understanding and improvement in our care. Don't let them get you down. You know who you are and how you feel. You don't have to prove anything to anyone.
I understand the frustration that I read here. I have only encountered that kind of ignorance once, and I was only trying to buy some T1s, which are non-prescription here in Manitoba, Canada!
I have to relate a very positive experience that I had this week, when I was suffering from a really nasty bout of breakthrough pain. My GP will not prescribe narcotics of any kind for anyone, so I ended up at a local Urgent Care Clinic. Once I saw the Doctor and he examined me, he asked what I was looking for. I told him, "Pain control", and explained that previously I had been given Percocet. He told me that he does not prescribe OxyContin in ANY form, because of it's highly addictive formulation, so he would give me something more effective. He gave me a script for Hydromorphone 2mg tablets. I was not very familiar with this drug, knowing only that it is MUCH more powerful than Percocet. The Doctor explained that Hydromorphone and some other very strong Opioids are actually LESS prone to cultivating physical dependency than OxyContin, because of their different formulation and less pronounced side effects. Well, to make a long story slightly shorter, he was right. I find that there is no euphoria associated with the Hydromorphone, just sleepiness and mild Dizzyness. This stuff eliminated my pain much more effectively than Percocet - which is not surprising, considering how much stronger it is. OxyContin is 1.5 times stronger than Morphine, while Hydromorphone is 5 times stronger.
Eddie ray 55 hit the nail on the head!! I'm a nurse, & you will be surprised how many people get these drugs then sell them. So the test is to protect you & your Dr. The Feds have become very strict because there are people that has made it bad for people like us who really need them. Hang in there. Shame on the ones giving you a hard time. As a medical professional, I apologize for their inconsideration & ignorance.