At my post op follow up today with my surgeon, I had one of those experiences that eventually all of us have, and it was really, truly terrible.
My doc demonized my methadone use, and spent an hour trying to convince me that I'm addicted, that it's going to kill me, that my teeth will fall out, my liver will fail, etc. In the interest of getting him to see the truth on his own, I entertained him for a moment and feigned concern, and asked to see ANY documentation he had on these 'facts' of his, such as any clinical trial, or scientifically/medically validated findings. There aren't any, of course, not when it comes to lower dosage methadone for chronic pain. He claimed he had info in a book, but of course the book was 'missing' so he couldn't show me. This of course in no way swayed him; he was angry and determined to get me to see things his way.
He basically spent the entire appointment in my face (literally!) arguing with me about my meds, refusing to believe that methadone can actually help someone, without negative side effects. He went as far as to even say 'I'm going to ORDER you to go through methadone detox'. How rude@!
It really was so much worse than I can even put into words or convey, he was angry, vicious, and attacked me relentlessly over a topic that is no business of his. Luckily, my pain doc keeps up with the times so I have no worries there, but I now understand those of you who have described similar situations where you've been treated as an addict, unfairly, etc. It's a shame that someone who could have helped me today wasted an hour of my life trying to convince me he was right and i was wrong..
If you have been in a similar situation, man I really, really feel for you.
Wishing everyone a wonderful day,