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christopher1975cchristopher1975 Posts: 1
edited 07/08/2015 - 3:59 PM in New Member Introductions
I got hurt on the job in 2007 and work comp dragged it out until I finally had surgery in 2010. I had a double fusion on my L3-4 and 4-5. I had relief for almost 6 months after surgery but again began to fight chronic pain. I found a good doctor that was willing to give me pain meds so I could live some what of a productive life. He quit the practice 3 months ago and I got moved to a new doctor who didn't want to write my scripts. I told him I was going on vacation and was going to fill my script in Alabama. He gave the scripts to me early before I left but now he has called today and told me he won't write anymore scripts because I broke the rules and filled them away from my home pharmacy. So now I have no doctor and feel let down by the system. I am on disability and without my meds I will be bed ridden and no sleep because of pain. I will have withdraw from meds I have been on for years. Only reason I take these meds is so I can walk and can have some what of a life.
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    If I am reading correctly, your new doctor didn't want to write scripts...but he did anyway?

    Then you explained meds would run out while you were out of state, so you needed to fill at out of state pharmacy, since your script would not be eligible refill prior to leaving home?

    You speak of breaking agreement, so I'm guessing it was pain management doctor?

    Do you have a copy of your agreement? Wondering if with notice and explanation if you are allowed to fill at another pharmacy? Those agreements are very important to follow, for your sake and your doctor's. He has regulations to follow,also.

    With your concerns of pain and withdrawal, if it were me, I'd go back to my Primary doctor.
    My Primary is the one who referred me to Pain Management initially.

    Your Primary may share your concerns re withdrawal and help you with that if needed.

    Also, doctor may be able to help you with referral to new Pain Management doctor. Within doctor's referral, he may include situation you find yourself in now. If your Primary agrees with your version of situation, he may be able to help you establish trust with a new PM doctor.
    He may or may not be helpful to you, re finding new doctor, but at the very least, I think you need to tell your Primary, so he can work with you re any complications you may have with stopping your meds.

    If possible, I would see Primary before your meds run out completely.
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  • Hi. I'm so sorry that you're going through this. Chronic pain is bad enough without the added stress. It sounds like there was some big misunderstanding here. I'm not really sure. What meds are you taking at the moment? This only happened today via phone call. It could be worth requesting an appointment with your doc to talk this through calmly. Keeping a 'clean' record can be invaluable as pain patients in the current narcotic enviroment. The best solution all round would be to resolve this misunderstanding...you told your doc you'd be out of town that's why he wrote your prescriptions early? Did you fill early?

    When you say docs are you talking about GP or Pain Management? That makes a BIG difference....

    If GP's get a referral to pain management. Some insurance companies require a referral. If not find the list of in-network docs on your insurance site & do some research & make some calls. If you do require a referral & your GP won't see you find another or...I've been having insurance problems & have found that the local emergency care clinic doc (in-network) can make referrals for me if I make him my PCP.

    If pain management doc I'd follow the advise Savage gave you ;-)

    Whatever, please move fast to avoid running out of meds. If you've only seen GP's so far I'd move to pain management. They have so much more to offer than prescriptions. Most GP's follow the guidelines & refer you after 3 months anyway.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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