I've been a pain patient since 2016 and it has been a nightmare until the past year or so when I am finally comfortable with the medications I take, and the pain pump implanted. Went to a followup appointment today and had a chance to meet my Dr. H's new physicians assistant. I get it that he needs an assistant. I prefer to see Dr. H because I have worked with him since 2006 and we both have trust for one another. His new assistant, AJ, brought along a pain management contract, which Dr. H never had me sign. I am sad that the relationship just changed.
I don't have a problem with signing the contract, since I follow the rules completely. It is just the whole matter of it... Why do we even need a contract? How many people have ruined it for honest patients, and because of their wrong doings, honest people now are subjected to random urine tests, and signing a contract that we won't see any other doctor. I just feel sad that I have to be lumped into the group where it is now necessary to do it.
Better be minding my Ps and Qs from now on, not like I will have to change anything though.
And those urine tests. Why? That is ridiculous and my insurance company better pay for them--if not, I don't want to have to pay for htem. It is ridiculous. But if it beats those trying to work the system to get drugs to sell, I will go along with it.
Any thoughts on the pain contract? How is it done in your clinics?
Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!