Hello all. Im new to this forum and need advice/help. I live in NC. I was in pain management for about 5 years, until December. I had a spinal fusion about 3 years ago for a car accident I was in. I had this surgery in hopes I would be able to play with and give my kids the dad I didnt have. The amount of pain I am in when not on my meds literally makes life unbearable. I am on approximately 10-13 different medications for the pain and am currently seeing a specialist at Duke that suspects the fusion didnt take.
Anyways, I was with my most recent PM doctor for a year now for this issue. About 5 months ago I started having terrible migraines on a daily basis. I went to my family doctor about it and he tried fioricet, didnt work. He ordered a ct for my head but my insurance denied it. I was waiting for a appeal on this, while my FD tried another script that didnt work. I met with my PM dr for my 3 month visit and told him about the new issue with the headaches, but he didnt add anything to help with them, or even really acknowledge them.
I started smoking pot (yeah, dumb i know) after that visit in hopes that it would help, as I read that alot of people said it helped their headaches and anxiety. It did surprisingly, they weren't nearly as severe, but still present. So I continued for about two months, My PM appt was about a month away so I stopped, even tho my head constantly felt like it was going to explode, I didnt wanna take a chance of screwing things up. I went to my appt and told him I smoked so he wouldnt think I was trying to hide it from him.
He gave me a urine test, then gave me my scripts and scheduled my next appt. 4 days later I get a certified letter in the mail saying he can no longer treat me. Im annoyed beyond belief that this happened even after I tried to be honest with him, but I understand his position. My concern is that I wont be able to find another PM dr because hes possibly labeled me as a pothead for this. I have tried having my records sent to just 1 dr so far, and they told me "they had nothing to offer".
Can one failed test in 5 years brand me a pothead? Im worried I will run out of my meds, my equality of life while on them isnt that great, but without them it word be unbearable. I dont know if I should just keep trying to have my records sent from my previous PM Dr, or try to start over and have my GD refer me to someone. I already have terrible anxiety and always rush to the worst possible scenario, so any help, input, advice would be greatly appreciated. Thnx
Those are the risks you take. I dont know if NC has legalized marijuana, but even if it has done, it would have had to be prescribed legally by a doctor. If not, they can just look at that is illegal street drugs. Many states, including CT, where I live have legalized marijuana, but you need to have the approval of your doctor to try that. My physiatrist at this time does not believe I am a candidate, therefore would not recommend it.
One failed test in 5 years, in 20 years in today's environment makes a difference. Its not always just the failed test, its why there was a failure. I know you did what you believe was the correct thing to do and be open. I wold just try to set up an appointment with this doctor to discuss everything. The last thing you want is to be on a medical blacklist
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