I live in TX and was in a car accident in March of 2014. I have 3 herniated disc L4, L5, S1 with pain in my buttocks and legs and constant foot pain. Excruciating pain. I had contacted a lawyer as my primary care Dr. wouldn't see me as it was from a car accident. When I went to the ER they only gave me 3 pain pills, no x-rays and told me I would be better in about 3 weeks. I called a lawyer just so I could find out what Dr. I could see, they took my case, I wasn't looking for a lawsuit I just wanted to see a dr. and first was sent to see chiropractor and was given hydrocodone. I had 2 Spinal epidurals which didn't help. Sent to ortho Dr. who said needed a fusion. I had MRI, X-rays, Discogram.
I am now on 10M percocet and I also take gabapentin, tizanidine. One month he gave me 15M morphine for night time breakthrough pain, it didn't help. 10/325 percocet, 1 every 4 to 6 hours is the most he will give me and acts like I'm a drug abuser. I am waiting to get surgery and was sent to an ortho dr. not on my medical plan, so I had to get on my husbands ins to see him but now the lawyer is saying I need to wait til the lawsuit settles and if I'm lucky I will barely get enough to pay for my out of pocket for my surgery. In the meantime, when I see the pain mgmt dr. as I was on a letter of protection and now that the lawyer submitted to the Insurance comp to settle when I see the pain mgmt. Dr. I am no longer on letter of protection, so now the pain mgmt dr. says I have to take a drug test every month just to get my pain meds, and after insurance is charging me $415.00 month, for the drug test and $40.00 just for the visit with ins. plus med cost. I am on FLMA at work and miss 2 to 3 days a week of work and am about to get fired as I can barely sit. I want to apply for disability but lawyer said it takes a year or more and u constantly get denied. I just can't work anymore as I am getting worse. My question is does anyone else have to get monthly drug test just to get pain medication? I'm not a drug abuser, I don't even drink alcohol. Is it just that pain mgmt. Dr or do they all do that? I cannot get my surgery prob for another 2 to 3 months or however long it takes to settle and I can't afford the $415.00 month. Please let me know if this is all pain mgmt dr.s routine or if its just this Dr. ?????