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Stressed out as Dr has gone

DegenerativeShellyDDegenerativeShelly Posts: 279
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Chronic Pain
~X( I rang my normal Dr tooday to make an appointment to get my scripts for my meds on Saturday and he has had to go on emergency extended leave...

Im not looking forward to my appointment with this other Dr as Im going to basicaly have to beg for my meds even though my history is in front of him..

At least I have an appointment with my Pain Specialist this Wedensday and he is going to increase my meds so I will tell him whats going on and will get him to write a letter stating what meds Im on..

Its just hard for me as Ive been with this Dr and his Nurse from the beginning of my journey and the last thing I need is for him to say to wait to see my Specialist as I will be out of meds on Sunday..

Any thoughts would be appreciated..xx



  • That's a tough one. But I guess we have to remember that doctors are people too and have their needs.

    I can't see why he would change the other doctors treatments...at least not right away. If for some reason he does then ask him for enough to get through Wednesday since stopping cold-turkey is very bad.

    One thought is to get all meds from one doctor. Sounds like you have two who are prescribing. THis might send up a red flag for this new doctor.

    Good luck today
  • I know this does not help right now, but I make every appt, from the last visit. Over the years, I have had every dumb joke issue, come up as a reality for myself. He left on a month vacation, a few days before my meds ran out. I had been on them for a year, at the time. And I had to be outta the prov traveling. 2 days into the trip, I ran outta meds and grabbed every OTC med I could find and began using them. That was useless.

    I tried to go to a clinic and got the only Dr in the city, that was not allowed to script narcs. He did sript a non-narc pain killer, but my pharmacist and I talked, she did not trust that the dose would help. I trusted her on this, as part of my team, so I kept going.

    I wound up at ER - with all of my paperwork. Got hit with a muscle relaxant - it did nothing. Then they hit me with Demerol, and in 15 min, I was fine, pain was still there, but much better. The Dr, looked at my wife, when I was walking out and said to her, that she had never seen anyone walk on crutches in and with a pain med, be able to walk out, with the amount she hit me with. The Dr kept telling her, that it should have made me sleep, My wife just shook her head and repeated, he has lived with this for 25 years, and you wonder why he is short tempered with you, you as a group, have never listened to him. My wife explained that, "he lives with THAT much pain and more, every day"

    I only ever have had one Dr, do my meds, so it is recorded in one place. Up here - pain management team - does NOT script. As I have pointed out in essays to the College of Physicians, it seems funny to me, that the experts in the meds, are not writing them for the patient and the old saw-bones Dr is expected to write them, without having a clue of how to titrate and manage these meds, other than their good-old boy - experience and chats at the squash court.
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  • Thanks so much for your comments and kind thoughts.

    My normal Dr used to prescribe me what the Pain Specialist had ordered or the Pain Doc would write out a script if I hardly had any meds left and let my Dr know if he had. They were in contact usualy monthly..

    Its just that this Dr filling in has no bedside manner, all he has to do is read the notes that are made every week when I used to see the Dr who had to leave..He used to document everthing for me so if he went on Holidays whoever filled in would know that I had Cancer and have severe DDD and Osteoporosis..


  • i know what you mean .my doctor is the boss of the surgery but when he is on vacation and i need my pain killer i have to see one of the other doctors and go through 20 questions before the script come out ..that's how it was .but now he has put on the computer screen give anthony his pain killers on demand if i am away for any reason ..bless !! it has stopped any problems and i dont even have to visit the surgery its all done through the doctor and the nominated pharmacy..i dont know why the other doctor are so uncomfortable prescribing drugs when they have your details in front of them ??? thankfully i have an excellent doctor
  • I have to agree with Kris on this one. Since your doctor had some sort of emergency (surgery, family?) and more likely than not, he will be back to work like most after the issue passes; I would figure the doctor that is there will stay with what is already prescribed for you.

    Now if he retired, quit, moved to another practice, sure I would worry about a 'new' doctor. Just relax see him, get your medications updated. Good luck!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • Shelly, I am so sorry you are going through all this right now. I know you don't need this stress. I agree with the others that your Dr will be back sooner then later. Mr NS is great but my pain Doc is skiddish about the pain meds at times so when I see him I'm always nervous espcially since my surgeon has made a few changes to my pain meds post op since I last saw my pain doc.

    My point is I know exactly how you feel as we depend on these meds for the little relief we need to get us by each day. Try not to stree I feel sure it will be ok.

    You are in my prayers
    AL S
  • Ive just spoken to the Nurse at the surgery via phone and she said that its on my file to prescribe the meds that I require..What a relief...
    She also said that my Dr has had to go back to his homeland as his Father or Mother is gravely ill and he may not be back at all..At least not in the near future..

    I will organise my Pain Specialist to send a letter to the replacement Dr so there is no miss understanding on what he increases my medications to..

    Thanks so much my friends for your words of support and for lending me yet another shoulder to cry on..xx
  • Change like this is never easy and it does take courage and resilience to start with another doctor, even when they do have the notes, I am glad your apprehensions have been addressed and you get all the help you need.

    Take care.

  • Glad your appointment went well and there was no problems with your meds. Just looking at your history of so many RFA's and injections would give them an idea what you're going through as well as with Tony and his spine configuration. I'm so glad my Family Dr. gives my meds and even better if she retires that my PM Dr. who gives the ESI's has recommended Fentanyl patch for relief. I have 3 repeats on my Oxycontin so don't have to see my Family Dr. but will need to see her November when my PM gives the recommendation for the Fentanyl patch. This year I'm getting 6 ESI's but will never again get so many. I still commend you for getting injections every two weeks you're truly a strong woman!. TC. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Shelly,

    So glad to see that he is keeping your medications as prescribed by your doctor. I can feel the big sigh of relief coming from ya! Nice for a stress reduced day huh? *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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