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Honesty hasn't paid off....

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Pain Medications
I am having trouble getting a pain specialist to even accept me as a patient because I have had a history of alcoholism even though that has not been a problem for years and my wife will regulate my medication for me. It is humiliating to get run out of the office at first appointments with pain docs, even though my wife is with me. They apparently think I am lying and just trying to get schedule II drugs to abuse. I am disgusted with doctors refusing to treat me out of fear or discrimination.



  • You hang in there sir and keep fighting for those meds, dont let the man get ya down K? get informed on the laws in your state and work to get justice.
    PS, HONESTY IS NEVER WASTED! STAY true to your course and youll be vindicated!
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • I too struggled in the past with self medicating via alcohol for my depression and pain. I thought it worked. In the end, it only made things a lot harder for me. So I got help for it. I had to fight extremely hard because of this to get short term disability benefits from my health insurance company, even though like you, years had lapsed and I now had an all too real back problem. It almost seems that at times integrity and honesty are a liability. I get it. But don't let them win. Substance abuse, even if a long, long ago part of your past is unfortunately a MASSIVE hurtle for health care professionals to overcome when it comes to treating you for your current health concerns. It's a big red flag for them. I think the reason for this is because there are SO, SO many people out there who are in fact caught in the throws of active prescription drug addiction, and they have only one thing in mind.....more meds. They abuse the privilege of health care to get their fix. It's too bad for them, and frustrating for those of us who admit our history honestly, then suffer for it. You're not alone, and though I'm sorry to hear you're in pain and rightfully frustrated, I'm also glad to read alcohol has not been a problem for you for years. Don't give up dave. Hopefully you'll find a doctor who trusts and can help you.

    Stay clean, positive and healthy.
  • Dave,
    Keep up the good work, I am also a recovering alcoholic, it has been 15 years for me. I have found that by being up front with all my doctors has allowed them to plan and treat me so much better, they know all the risks involved and keep a good eye out so I don't get into trouble. It is not a easy fight, but if you stay true to yourself, you will be much better off. There are other doctors that will be willing to give you the help and treatment you need.
  • I had 5 surgeries in two different facilities. The first facility did not provide me with pain pump. But each time I was in pain, I pressed the call button. They told me about the time difference way before so as not to expect them to inject anything into the IV before time. However, I was given morphine, not tylenol.

    In the 2nd hospital, I had pain pump, in this hopsital, all the pain meds are monitored by the pain doc, not the surgeon. In the 1st surgery at this hospital, I was allowed to pump every 25 minutes of 2mg dilaudid. At my 3rd surgery, same hospital, same pain doc, I had the pain pump, and allowed to pump every 8 minutes of .5 mg dilaudid. I never understood how he comes about this.
  • How ya hanging buddy? hopefully hanging tough, hanging in there and hanging on to your dignity K!
    dont give up
    dont give in
    William Garza
    Spine-Health Mod

    Welcome to Spine-Health

  • I also agree that you should have a second chance when it comes to this, and you have more than enough legitimate problems to justify treating them with narcotic medication. Being given tylenol after having a fusion is cruel; I had mine and thankfully my NS wrote orders for a pump. I couldn't imagine going through that type of surgery without one. Some doctors will tell you ahead of time if you'll have one prior to surgery to alleviate your fears about pain afterwards. Anyway, don't let no one put you down- nobody is perfect in this world and we all have had our problems. You had the courage and strength to put away the alcohol and start a new life, and you deserve to get adequate treatment just like everyone else. Stay strong my friend..
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    I am sure there are folks that read into things too much, they take a look at the past and just assume that the same applies today in the present.

    There are doctors out there that will take folks like you in and treat them for what their condition is today, not something from the past.

    I can not imagine its easy though, so keep on trying.
    And I think the message is pretty clear hear,

    Keep with the truth, Honesty is the only way. Lying may get you to first base, but by the time the game is over, you will have never scored a run.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • The only pain killer he offered to anyone was tramadol/Ultram. He was all about giving out Lyrica, Neurontin, anti-inflammatories, and ESI shots thru the local hospital. So I'm surprised that they won't accept you and try all the above on you. I have a bad attitude towards PM doctors after feeling that he was just after my money (and my insurance), but didn't do anything to really find out what was causing the pain, which I guess is what they are supposed to do. I think you should get another opinion from a new neurologist or ortho doctor, also my GP has been awesome to refer me for more tests and has prescribed my latest pain meds for me, since my lumbar neurosurgeon wouldn't check into my neck complaints and only wants me to come back for my post op appts on my PLIF surgery from 12/08.

    It sucks that you are being labeled and it's not fair. Most alcoholics aren't just automatically drug abusers. And the PM places make you sign a contract that you'll take random drug tests and not do this/that with the drugs and not get them from anywhere else. I just didn't like the PM deal. I hope I don't run out of options later and have to go back.

    I guess you could just not mention the past. I don't remember the forms I filled out when I went, but seems like it asked about current use. Anyway I'll stop rambling and just say Good Luck. I hope you get some relief from your pain. Do you think you might have scar tissue from your past surgeries? Have you had any recent tests to see what's going on?
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