Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Veritas-Health LLC has recently released patient forums to our Arthritis-Health web site.

Please visit http://www.arthritis-health.com/forum

There are several patient story videos on Spine-Health that talk about Arthritis. Search on Patient stories
Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
Attention New Members
Your initial discussion or comment automatically is sent to a moderator's approval queue before it can be published.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

My Pain Management Dr dropped me

I'm new to this board but am really hoping to find some answers or advice....quick.
I was just seeing a pain management Dr and on my last appointment she gave me a urine test. Well, I have to be completely honest and tell you I was 2 days short on my meds. So, not thinking much about it, my mom gave me a few of her pain meds to hold me over. Come to find out... Narco and Perce are in two separate categories. So needless to say my Dr discharged me. Now I have found a new Dr who has referred me to another pain management Dr. My question is..... Should I tell my new pain management Dr about what had just happened with my other pm Dr? I'm supposed to go see him his coming week , so I really
Need to fined out asapv!!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    If you type failed drugs test into the search box you will find posts covering this topic that you might find useful

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • one way or another. It is always best to be honest with your doctor, no matter what. Why did you run out early? That should never happen, and you certainly should NOT ever take any medication not prescribed to YOU.
    That is illegal and dangerous.
    The new PM doctor is going to want to see your records from your previous doctor, and most require that the records come directly from the old doctor to the new one, and do not accept copies brought in by the patient.
  • Since I wrote my post, I have realized it is very important for me to be honest with my new Dr. I picked up my MRI & Report that is attached to the disc. I'm bringing that in with me.Even though I have chronic pain .. Not even going to try to explain what all is severely wrong with my L4 & L5.... I do understand how dangerous and illegal it is to take someone else's meds. 2 days.... I was short 2 days. I had previously discussed with my pain management Dr that what she was giving me wasn't helping. I also get excruciating headaches and had ask her if she could prescribe me something for that. She told me she couldn't help me. Well, to be honest..... I really didn't get much care from her. I was already going to change Drs anyway. But this happened first. So now I've got an appointment with a new Dr and I'm praying he will, treat me.
  • Just some words of advice.......I am going to include a couple of links to threads regarding the Dos and Don'ts of Pain Management and what to expect at your first visit. It would be wise to read them.
    If you are having a flare up of your chronic pain that you are under treatment for, before ever taking more of your prescribed medications, you need to contact your doctor and ask them what to do to manage the flare up. If they are going to allow you to take more medication for a day or two, they will tell you. Doing so, on your own is going to wind up with you in exactly this situation again.
    As far as your headaches go, have you seen a neurologist for that? There are headache specialists who diagnose and treat headaches, but never, ever use your pm medications to treat another condition.

  • Sandi, thank you for your advice. In your opinion, do you think my new pain management Dr will treat me when I tell him about what happened? I had never been in pain management until this last one....so I honestly didn't think about calling her and telling her about my severe break through pain. Just to mention a couple of things wrong with my lower back .... Severe facet joint arthosis involving L4/L5......Severe L4/L5 Spinal canal stenosis.....L4/L5 foraminal stenosis.....Grade 1 anterolisthesis of L4/L5.
  • Some will take a risk and others won't.......with all of the concerns regarding misuse and overdoses, doctors are more and more strict when it comes to using pain medications.
    All you can do is be honest, and hope that he/she will be willing to take you on. Be prepared though, they may require more frequent testing/urine screens or random pill counts to make sure that you are following the prescribed directions.
    If you go in and try to cover it up, in any way, you are automatically going to find that doctors just won't bother.....so start from building an honest relationship right from the start. Tell him I messed up and took more than I was prescribed , and ran out early and my mother offered me some of hers and I took them, not realizing that I shouldn't do that. I won't let it happen again.
  • It could be worth mentioning that you're trying to help yourself by joining this forum. Be honest & tell your PM that you messed-up & understand that it's your fault. The fact that you're trying to educate yourself & taking a proactive role in finding support here could count in your favor. I was completely clueless when I moved from England & started pain management in the USA.

    I've been very honest & built a great relationship with my doctor but it took me a while to find the right one for me. Be patient, when you're first getting to know your new doctor I wouldn't be phoning-up & asking him to bend the rules. I'd only call if you're having adverse reactions to a new med. Follow recommendations & take medications exactly as prescribed. Doctors don't like being told what to do, just take all of your results & records with you & ask for help...that's what you're there for! This could turn out to be great for you. Often a new set of eyes reviewing our case can be exactly what the doctor ordered. Good luck ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Do you have a good relationship with your GP? Mine always telephones a new specialist before I go to discuss my case. I find it really helps. Mine always calls after my appointment to get an honest, doctor to doctor opinion too. Just an idea :-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.

  • I have a pain doctor that is really trying to help me but the bad thing about it is my urine came out dirty twice I was so embarrassed but I can't believe he gave another chance to come clean and i have been for 2 monts so he took me off of hydrocodone and yes I'm suffering dearly for my mistake. I have a pinched nerve in my lumbar and severe pain in my legs. the doctors attitudes change so much cold
    sweet actually shows no respect and I don't blame him. I was
    wondering if I look for another pain doctor do I have to put him down to the new doctor can
    the new doctor find out through the computer or any kind o other resourses.
    thank you so much for any kind of advice I'm just so desperate I learned my lesson that will never happen again
  • brandysue50bbrandysue50 Baldwinsville NYPosts: 46
    I know how you feel. I did the horrid pill count test and failed. The immediately discontiued my oxycodone 5mg and said I couldnt have it from them again. I never failed a drug screen. How did it turn out for you with the new pain dr?
Sign In or Register to comment.