I'm in my early 30's, otherwise healthy (besides back), 5' 3" and 110 Lbs. I was seeing a PM dr for the treatment of my herniated L4/L5 disc, pinched L5 nerve (that runs down my right leg only), degenerative disc disease and scoliosis. This was the 3rd PM dr who had treated me over the years (in between my 1st pregnancy, after birth, to current - for a total of about 7 years altogether). I was receiving monthly RXs for Norco 7.5/325mg x 2/day, Tramadol 50mg x 2/day and Naproxen 275mg x 2/day for several months, and one month my pharmacy randomly started filling my Norco and Naproxen in 15 day increments, whereas they'd always been in 30 day increments before. In addition to the 15 day supplies, they were charging me out-of-pocket prices (not running them through my insurance). Unfortunately for me, I didn't pay much attention to this until the 2nd or 3rd time. I'd just been picking them up through the pharmacy drive-thru after getting a text from them that I had RX(s) ready for pick-up. The price is what ultimately set me into question mode - so I called my insurance and the pharmacy. Long story short, I was picking up these pills but not needing them at the time so I ended up giving most of them away to a friend who suffers from similar back/neck pain as me (which I know now I shouldn't have done). I asked the pharmacy to please put a note on my account so that ALL of my RXs moving forward would be processed under insurance, and as scheduled (i.e. not early). Next thing I know, I get a certified letter from my PM dr dropping me because of the excessive amount of pills I had gotten filled in the last month. I tried contacting their office to try to get an appt to explain, but was immediately told NO. Again, I'm in my early 30's, with a toddler and live everyday in pain, to the point I can barely get on the floor to play with my child, let alone pick-up/carry/hold him. I have gone through nerve burning procedures, discograms, ESI, PT, you name it with 3 different dr's and now all of a sudden I get dropped for what I'm guessing is the a result of the dr thinking I'm some sort of junkie. This couldn't be further from the truth. I hate having to take medicine to feel somewhat "normal", especially at my age and with a young child. I'd give anything to not have to feel like this, but these are the cards I was dealt. It's been a month since I was dropped by my PM dr, and am going to my primary dr tomorrow to find out what my options are, which by the way I get an anxiety attack just thinking about even talking to my primary about this. I feel like I'm going to have to "defend" myself when I shouldn't have to. I also feel like the PM dr and the pharmacy are only looking out for themselves (CYA), and aren't really concerned about my "well being". I'm afraid now that no dr will be willing to help me moving forward, let alone prescribe me anything for the pain. Any advice on how to handle/discuss with my primary tomorrow would be more than helpful. Thank you all in advance for taking the time to read this!
Herniated L4/L5, pinched L5 nerve, degenerative disc disease, ruptured L4/L5 with scoliosis