I finally heard from the doctors that they suspected me of buying medication away from the pharmacy. Rather than coming right out and saying that they accused and the issue could easily have been resolved without the doctor acting like he was interrogating a prisoner. I ended up sending the doctor a detailed letter telling him that I had been taking less than prescribed over months - which was his plan! - and had built a reserve up. No rules of informing the program were broken. I was punished and forced to exhaust the small reserve.
After waiting for more than 2 hours to see the doctor - they saved me for last regardless of my appointment - I was left at the same doses of narcotics. I asked if we were OK and the doctor told me yes as long as I cooperated with getting me off of narcotics. I didn't put me on them but now my chart reads under diagnosis "narcotic dependence." It seems they didn't want to mention that doctors did it to me. I have no problem weaning me off but are there effective non-narcotics medications? I have a pain of 6-10 around the clock while on narcotics.
I also asked about treatment. "Ask your primary care doctor." "What?" Why am I here then?" "To get you off of narcotics."
I am sharing this for the benefit I hope of others. Ask questions and know what each doctor does. With no hope of being treated I endured severe pain.
I also asked the doctor to sign my handicap parking application. "Not my job. I only do that for patients with disintegrating spine disease." Yep. That would be me. He could not have been more rude and I don't understand why. In my mind I have been an excellent patient cooperating, swimming every day rather than their physical therapy but with their blessing. They even gave me exercises to do.
Confused. Do any non-narcotics medications work?