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methadone addiction from Dr.over prescribing

pwmonty7ppwmonty7 Posts: 1
edited 01/02/2016 - 6:57 PM in Pain Management
[edit] Hospital took me in on an out patient basis giving me methadone starting at 180 10 mg tabs. per month and over the years got me up to 360 tabs per month They were the pain specialists. This was over a 8 year period.
The Doctors there of course left and new ones replaced them all with different policies of the # they dispensed per month.

At the end of the 8 years the last Dr. says "Why don' t we ask your specialist in infectious disease if he will write the RX for you?" So he pushed his problem on to an unqualified Doctor. This Dr. writes 360 tabs per month for over 9 years.
During the 9 yr. period this Dr is going into semi retirement and NEVER even sees me at visits. Only his nurse practitioner.

The next trick they pull is saying they can't take my insurance any more,of course they are lying and want to push me to some one else. That someone else is the very same Pain Specialist that started me in the first place!
So he immediately cuts my dosage by half. Talk about a killer. I'm half dead, THE PAIN DR.WAS wrong in the first place.
That's a hell of a lot of methadone over that period.
I am 63. This stuff is in my bones!! If I went to a clinic to detox cold turkey I would not make it. I have cancer ,osteopathy
and advanced arthritis and high blood pressure.
I don"t know whats next, no clue. Only that this SPECIALIST may drop me again. Pwmonty7

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  • edited 01/21/2016 - 1:57 PM
    I can't imagine how cutting your prescription in half must have felt to you after the decade you spent managing your pain with what got you through your days. How are you doing today? Your list, on paper, looks like you have tried all the heavy medical options available. I know the frustration you go through after jumping the hoops with no relief achieved.
    I'm so sorry that this is happening to you.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    edited 01/22/2016 - 9:05 AM
    Does the medication you are on for your cancer help your pain of other issues as well?
    Besides being under medicated, the changing of doctors and feeling without proper treatment has to take its toll emotionally.

    I do not have cancer, but my pain management doctor has mentioned methadone as a possibility in the future.

    I'm not saying you are looking for new doctor, but if that need arises, this site has..Find a Doctor...Find a Spinal Center....
    Typing in your zip code and and you will have a list of names to chose from, within your area.
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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  • Like it is so much a lack of pain control problem, but more of an issue with how much methadone this person was given, for many years, at really higher than normal doses, and now they are dealing with having it suddenly cut back by huge amounts.
    I could be misreading it, so am not sure.
    The only saving grace that I can see in this situation, is the long half life of the methadone should help with not making the big reductions so noticable.
    I feel badly for this person.

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