Hello all, I'm in a real situation and would really appreiciate any feedback. Thank you very much.
Here we go..
I am a paraplegic who has some how ended up disconnected from the pain management community, since a pharmacist with an over active imagination told a doctor that I was "doctor shopping."
I can tell you that in my 11 years in a wheelchair, suffering from neuropathic pain secondary to a SCI, I have never abused a prescription and can prove it. Now the university hospital that I was establishing myself with has seized the script for Opana they wrote and broken all bridges with me. I feel like I am alone floating in the middle of the ocean. Thank God for spell check because I'm in such blinding pain that I feel as if I'm writing and spelling on a fourth grade level..
My GP has since called the pharmacist to tell him that I was in fact not shopping, rather just following the bouncing ball of referrals. Now satisfied that I am legitimate, the pharmacist is actually trying to help me find a PM doctor. However, the damage is done and I have gone four months without pain meds, with the minor exception of 2 Vicodin a day from the GP.
I might tell you that my previous doctor of three years has lost my records. Most likely because he was giving me enough meds for Anna Nicole Smith, although I would either not fill them all, order them every 45 days or just put them aside for a rainy day. That rainy day has come and gone. I'm sorry if I am over selling my situation, but I have been put in that situation so many times that I feel as if I have to prove that I'm not a junkie. By the way, that's the reason I'm a T-11 para. My doctors though I was faking, turned me away and two days later I slipped a disc while sleeping which ruptured my spinal cord.
Sorry for the epic email. I wonder if there is any guidance that you can give me. I need to be treated. The local PM center won't accept me and even the ER has turned me away. Now I am doctor shopping!, shopping for a doctor who will help me! Have I been centrally blacklisted? Is there such a thing? Do I have any legal recourse? I am so frustrated that I want to make the responsible parties hurt as much as I have.
It is perhaps a good thing that I see a therapist, although part of that deal is that I must meet with their physiatrist once a month for 15 minutes. When I asked him where they refer PM patients he said he was going to report me to the DEA. What on God's green earth is going on....
Thank you so much for indulging me.