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Is it just me, or anyone else dislike...

I can't help but dislike my pharmacist and staff! Everytime I go there to pick up my pain pills I feel like they are like oh here's the pill popper again.. They are extremely rude. I don't know if I'm taking this way to personally but I'm pretty sure the next time I get the snooty pharmacist or tech I will say something to the manager. I almost feel the need to tell them what my problems are just so they don't think I'm just a person who takes narcotics for fun! I could also switch pharmacies but why should I have to. This one is by my house. I just feel that the pharmacist has a stick in her butt and needs to have aittle more compassion. I'm only 28 so maybe she thinks the worst, but that's non of her business or is it? Do you think I should tell them all my surgeries and past history to make them not so rude?
28 F. Chicago. Fusion from t-12 l-4 from scoli in June 2013. Torn bilateral hip labrums. Arthroscopy to fix labrums January 2013 and march 2013. SI pain from hip surgery Lupus, RA, antiphosphidlipid antibody- hypermobility syndrome ( Marfan syndrome)


  • mjd210mmjd210 Posts: 92
    edited 02/06/2014 - 1:34 PM
    We must go to the same pharmacy because I feel the same way at mine! I don't say anything because if they want to pass judgment on someone they don't even know they are ignorant and they are not someone I would associate with. Just smile and kill them with kindness.
    alif l4-s1
  • I wouldn't tell them anything.... after all, "justifying" doesn't shed a favorable light unless you plan to expose your scars and hand over medical documents.... After all, you already have "justification" because you have a script signed by a doctor. and FYI I pharmacist doesn't have to fill a script and doesn't have to give a reason.... I'd like to think just because you challenged their attitude they wouldn't take it personally and decide not to fill your meds anymore... but some people are just like that.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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  • I always feel a bit self conscious when filling a script for 90 norco pills. I know I shouldn't, but I get a stare once in a while, like "why does this young woman need all these?" It's been a little better now that I'm sporting a lumbar brace, but I am pretty insecure anyways.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • RTgirl2011RRTgirl2011 Posts: 511
    edited 02/06/2014 - 4:09 PM
    I wouldn't tell them anything. It's none of their business. I take several meds for Bipolar disorder. The pharmacy where I go have seen at my worst and my best. I think that is why they are on a first name basis with me. Maybe they think I am so crazy I may go off on them one day. Who knows. I haven't had to explain or justify anything to them. Nor have I felt the need too. I used to get 150 Norco at a time when I was going to a pain doc. I get enormous amounts of Valium, antidepressants, and anti-psychotics from my shrink. Your meds are between you and your doctor.

    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,531
    (if you dont mind me calling your that)
    This is a product of our times. 10 years ago, you would never have seen or even heard of this. But the DEA has cracked down on the improper distribution of narcotic medications. Some of that came from doctors who had no problem writing scripts for whatever. I remember back in the early 80's, I was having some back problems. I went to see this doctor and he wrote a script for 100 Tylox. The next appointment, I told him I was feeling somewhat better, and then he wrote a script for 200 Tylox.

    That was abuse... Then we had the drug seekers, who would go from doctor to doctor, pharmacist to pharmacist to get their narcotic pain medication.

    As a result, the DEA has made it tougher on everyone. The doctors need to be able to justify and provide rationale for any narcotic medication they write a script for. The pharmacist then has to fill those scripts, but they take another look at previous records and to see if they feel the medications match up to the patients problems. That is unfortunate, because it places a burden on the pharmacist to play doctor and that is not fair.

    But who really suffers? Its you, the patient who is only looking to get their medications that their doctors feel is necessary. But when you go into a pharmacist, many times you are viewed as that 'drug seeker' That is so wrong. And if you talk to a supervisor, you will probably get the same results.

    This happens not only to younger folks (which they are the targets) but to us older, hmm, elderly, hmmm wiser? ok more experienced folks. The difference here is that if I get challenged, i tell them Ok, I can understand this from your point of view, but lets get on the phone right now to talk to the doctor. Then attitudes begin to change. They may say, well the doctor is busy, ok, my response is thats fine, but since you challenge me, go ahead and interrupt them. Oh and by the way, if they are busy, I will be glad to tell them that you did not trust what was prescribed to me, so they wanted your actual ok

    The sad thing about that is that I can say that and the pharmacist will listen, when younger folks say it, the pharmacist believe they are in the drivers seat and want you to prove everything. That is so wrong.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    I use a family owned store along with every member of my family. They know what is wrong with me and treat me with respect, They go out of their way for my family. While my mother was passing we ran out of morphine in the middle of the night and unfortunately the only all night pharmacy is in the next town in a very dangerous section, Actual police escort those into the store at night. Our regular pharmacist heard of the situation, stopped by our house with their personal home phone number and told us they didnt care if it was the middle of the night, if we ran out again call and someone would meet us there. How great is that! When I drop my scripts off and bad weather is expected they deliver my scripts to my home. They go well above their job to satisfy a customer. Even have received get well cards from them during recovery of my surgeries. I wouldnt trade them for the world
    I know alot of people feel it is none of their business what is wrong with you and feel made to be a drug seeker. I guess from being in the medical field sometimes its just easier to explain your situation then deal with the rudeness I guess from being in the medical field sometimes its just easier to explain your situation then deal with the rudeness
  • broken77bbroken77 Posts: 37
    edited 02/07/2014 - 6:06 AM
    Geez the pharmacist is the only one I like...on the other hand I hate my surgeon he was the nicest guy in the world before the surgery ...now he avoids me like he owes me money !
  • Pharmacists should love us back patients...job security!! I kid. But really it's kind of true, why would they ever want to treat their customers like that? Business is business, and they are in it for the money.
  • Danigirl123DDanigirl123 Posts: 60
    edited 02/11/2014 - 2:18 PM
    @ Dilauro, so the doctor has to tell the pharmacy what is wrong with us? Like they give them our medical background? Is that what you mean? I for one love the technicians wether they are secretly judging me or not they are nice to my face...but this one pharmacist.. She is nasty! Even on the phone she's rude to me. It's not like I'm picking up 150 OxyContin every 2 weeks along with morphine patches.. I'm picking up the lowest dose of norco. Anyways.. Thanks for all of your response. I guess in a way I want to tell them everything that is wrong with me and prove to them I'm not a "drug seeker." But everyone has a good point, it's not their business. And if it was required then they would have our medical history. Thanks again everyone. Just thought maybe I was the only one that felt alittle uuneasy about the pharmacy.
    28 F. Chicago. Fusion from t-12 l-4 from scoli in June 2013. Torn bilateral hip labrums. Arthroscopy to fix labrums January 2013 and march 2013. SI pain from hip surgery Lupus, RA, antiphosphidlipid antibody- hypermobility syndrome ( Marfan syndrome)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,531
    No, that is not what my post was saying. I apologize if that is the message you received. What I am trying to say is that all doctors need to provide justification and rationale for prescribing narcotic pain medications.
    The pharmacist on the other end id filling a prescription written by a doctor. If they see something that is wrong, they will challenge that. Maybe not directly with you, the patient, but with the doctor.
    I recently had a total hip replacement. On my discharge, the list of medications including 20mg of Oxycontin 3x day, along with 20mg of Oxycodone for breakthrough. As my recovery was going along, the need for that level of pain medication was no longer required.

    The next prescription was written for 10mg of Oxycodone. The pharmacist did not actually challenge that, but we had discussions on what I am going to do with the 20mg, now that the new script was written for 10mg. To me, that was good, it was a system of check and balances.

    The pharmacist does not need to know what exactly our condition is.. Just that there is a need for specific pain medications. Our condition could be a spinal problem (like most of us), but could also be a broken leg, a split finger, etc
    So, the pharmacist does not need to know the details.

    Does that clear up what I was saying before?
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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