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What should I do? Pain medicine stolen.

LMDLLMD Posts: 1
edited 12/17/2014 - 9:02 PM in Pain Medications
I'm a 26 year old stay at home mom with two toddlers. I had an anterior cervical discetomoy (fusion) of C5 -C7.

I've been on oxycodone for two years. My doctor has refilled me in the past. I've been up & down on my doses.

I had an issue with my pain management doctor's nurse 3 months ago when I asked to refill 2 weeks early due to a flare up. The nurse said my doc refilled me early in the past & wasn't willing to do it again. However, he saw me in the office 4 days later because I was withdrawing, told me he never got my refill request/message & that his staff is trained to say that due to the scrutiny that pain management doctors are under. He bumped me up from oxy 10 mgs 5 times a day to roxi 15 4x a day. He told me I have to follow the contract. I thanked him and I have followed his orders exactly.

Three weeks ago I had a gallbladder attack & had to go to the ER. I was prescribed lortab & called the doctors office the next day notifying them what was prescribed to me that my husband filled for me. I asked them what to do as he already filled it. They told me not to take the medicine as my roxi is stronger so I haven't. I've been very "by the books" since that nurse treated me like a druggy.

I was at Mcdonalds tonight & changed my son on the changing table. He knocked over my purse & nearly the entire contents of the bag fell out. This lady helped me pick all of my stuff up. It wasn't until 3 hours later that I realized that my JC Penney card was missing & my nearly months worth of roxi bottle was not in my purse. I called McDonalds & they checked the bathroom & found nothing. I filed a police report over phone a hour ago.

Should I call my doctor tomorrow & let them know what happened? I was thinking of explaining the situation & giving them my case # & asking what I do for my pain until my next refill on Jan 6th. I've been trying to lay low since that incident 3 months ago. I legitimately have pain & have no idea what I'm going to do until January 6th. I don't want them to discontinue my care for losing my medicine. I still have that lortab from two weeks ago but I don't want to violate my contract either. Should I ask them if I can take that since my medicine is missing?
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,065
    Honesty is still the best policy.

    However, you do run some risks. I have known people that "lost" their pain medications and called their doctor to explain and get a refill. They were refused. But that was not the only problem. In the past those same people had required early refills, for exceeding their prescribe daily dosage. That always raised a red flag, not only with the doctor, but the doctor's office and pharmacies.

    Pharmacies have the right to refuse to fill a valid prescription if they have enough evidence that they think their is abuse in involved.

    But still, losing your pain medications and not having them is going to present a physical and perhaps emotional problem for you, so therefore, it is important that you discuss this with your doctor.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Your doctor's name is on that bottle of medications, and he is just as responsible for who's hands it winds up in, as you are.
    I wouldn't however, expect that they are going to replace the medications nor that they are going to allow you to take the vicoden/norco you were given at the hospital previously..
    Most contracts clearly state that filling another prescription , even one from the ER for pain medications must be cleared through your PM doctors office BEFORE filling it......and medications used to treat another pain condition are not to be used to treat your condition for which you are seeing the pm doctor.
    You were lucky in that the office filled your prescription two weeks early previously, since most pm offices would dismiss someone who ran out of medications two weeks early. You are supposed to call the office if having a flare up that you can't manage, before taking more medication than you are being prescribed per day for approval and other options.
    If you choose to take the norco from the ER, you can find yourself in even more trouble since it often seems that someone who chooses to do that, winds up with an unexpected urine test upon their arrival for their appointments .
    I would strongly encourage you to go to the office, hand them the report, and see what they suggest you do....
    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/pain-medications/dos-and-donts-pain-management
  • I would offer a suggestion; in the future, only carry a day or two's worth of medication on you and keep the rest locked up at home. That way, if something like this happens, it's not so detrimental.

    Keith
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • When I leave my home to go to the store or whatever I only take a pill or two. I also keep last months bottle so the pills are labeled. That way if I was ever searched by the police ( I don't know I would be) my medications is labeled. Since I live by myself I even hide most of my medication in a couple different places so if someone was to break in there would be likely not to find it all. However I know that is hard to do with children around.
  • maehaleymaehaley PennsylvaniaPosts: 323
    I had a similar situation. I went away on vacation with a friend and our kids to visit her mother and when I got home I realized that about 50 of my Vicoprofen tablets were missing. I take them 2 to 3 times a day for chronic tension headaches for about 4 years. I immediately called my insurance company and explained the situation and they said there was nothing that they could do and that I should call my doctor and ask for samples or a different prescription to get me through. I called my doctors office and was informed that they do not do early narcotic refills nor will they prescribe a different narcotic, even if there was a police report filed. So they basically offered me no solution for what to do until I could get my prescription refilled. Needless to say, I ended up going through horrible withdrawals and ended up in the ER because of the amount of pain I was in. They gave me a shot of dilaudid, which relieved my pain for a few hours, but I was forced to suffer for the rest of the time until I could get my prescription refilled. My doctor's office offered me no sympathy and now I feel like they think I am drug seeking. I am growing tolerant to my current meds and want to try something else or increase the dose but now I am afraid to ask!
  • I retired as a pharmacy tech 5 years ago, so we've heard it all. But with a police report, the pharmacy should refill it. And never ever put all your meds in one place especially your purse. Also take the report to your doctor asap and explain the situation. As stated above, please do not take more than prescribed. It's dangerous and you will run out.
  • maehaleymaehaley PennsylvaniaPosts: 323
    edited 08/08/2016 - 6:11 PM

    I learned my lesson the hard way and never carry my medication in my purse anymore! Even with a police report my doctor stated that they would not do anything for me so, like I said, I was forced to suffer until I was able to refill my prescription. It is sad when the doctor's that are supposed to help you are unwilling to do so. I follow my prescribed amount but would like to ask for an increase or change in meds but am afraid my doctor will deny it thinking that I am drug seeking after recently telling them that someone stole my meds. It sounds like a typical drug addict lie.

    The doctors only advise after I showed signs of serious withdrawal and had been to the ER was to take a Xanax. She had no sympathy towards my pain level at all.

  •     I've also had pain meds stolen. I am on 100 mic. fentanyl for my cronic pain and up to 70 mg. methadone so I can  be active to the point that my body will allow.My fentanyl was kept separate from the methadone so they weren't touched.Luckily I had some methadone in two other places. I started weaning myself right away because I know that no Dr. will refill any part of the script. Your Dr. does care or you wouldn't have gotten your very first script. They are responsible for your life when they perscribe pain meds. Look what happened to Elvis and Michael Jackson. Lost or stolen pills are no longer an excuse and your contract should state that. PM docs are watched closer than ever these days. In TN a doctor has to be a board certified pain doctor before he can prescribe more than what's equal to 120 mg. morphine. ( in my case that's 15mg methadone. What I take is equal to 1080mg morphine)  That's how strict the laws have become. My doctor had to refer 290 patients elsewhere until he becomes certified. Until then he is a pain specialist which is the only other doc that can prescribe methadone. My PCP told me that I would need to go to the ER if the pain became too much to handle.
          Never trust ANYONE around your pain meds. I live alone in a very safe neighborhood. I kept one door unlocked in case someone (EMS) needed to get to me. A friend asked me for help. She needed to go to town real quick. While we were gone, about 15 to 20 min. her daughter and grandson came in my house and stole my methadone and promethazine. Only her mother knew where my meds were and which door was not locked. Only the three of them knew I wasn't at home. Nothing else was touched. All my doors stay locked now 24/7. My pain meds are divided into two lock boxes and a few in my purse. I have filed charges and lost a friend. I know exactly how you feel and I am so very sorry that you have to go thru the mental and physical pain. Be completely honest with your PM Dr. and don't ever be afraid to let  her, know that your dose no longer works. Good luck, it will get better!!! 
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