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Will I be discharged?

I don't have my contract for some reason, but I am scared out of my mind.  Please forgive me for not introducing myself.  I am a single mom with one kid at home and two kids grown.  I have had lower back pain my whole life.  When I started having digestive issues almost 10 years ago my back pain got much worse.  In November my mother died.  Shortly after that I was betrayed by a very close friend.  Then I lost my main source of income.  Then I got it back but I lose it in May.  I have struggled to find a job.  This month the friend who betrayed me ramped up the betrayal and it is when I learned about it all.The friend was telling me what a failure i am, everything is my fault, and i can't do anything right. These and other issues led me to being on the edge of sanity.  This lead my son to calling 911.  I went to the ER and was discharged.  Then so called friend conned my kid into getting a court committal saying I was a substance abuser.  The ER visit was on the 3rd.  I tested negative for cocaine but an unconfirmed positive for THC. The committal was on the 14th.  I tested negative for THC but unconfirmed positive for cocaine.  Friend did this when I have an appointment on the 23rd with my doctor.  I can't reschedule this appointment because it is a med check.  All the records from the hospital were sent to my pcp.  The pain clinic is part of the same system so they can see all of this.  I am on h hydrocodone for the pain.  It makes somethings I can't do with the pain possible. Having them take it away for any period longer than a few months will hurt my chances of being able to work.  I am lucky for the moment that I have income to get me by until May.  I also don't want to lose this doctor.  He is one of the few doctors determined to get to the bottom of my pain and hopefully find a solution to get me off the medicine.  My stupid insurance company keeps denying a test he orders that may tell us what is going on.  I so much want this pain to just be gone rather than managing it with drugs.  But in the meantime the drugs are helping me.I am so scared and feel so alone.  No amount of research can ease my mind until my appointment on Thursday.  If it wasn't a med check I would just reschedule and bury the records with new ones.  I hate that my life fell apart and things happened to put all this in jeopardy.  I can't function with all the stress going on.  All my stress without risking discharge is enough and from the stories i read on here, I am not alone in this.  


  • I called my doctor's office anonymously today.  They won't go by someone else's drug test.  They will test me with theirs.  But now I have the issue of being in the psych ward.  Both people who put me there went to the court and cancelled the order.  The judge denied it.  The psychiatrist at the hospital didn't see a reason for to ever have been there.  He recommended my release.  I was put in the hospital about about 3:30pm on Tuesday and release by 3:00 pm on Wednesday.  I didn't have go go through the 72 hour mandatory hold and I didn't have to have a hearing.  They scheduled me to see an outpatient psychiatrist.  This psychiatrist called me 7:30 this morning and told me I don't need it.  I tried to argue that I did, but he doesn't see me as having a problem.  They also made me a therapy appointment but they can't say I don't need that so the appointment stays.
  • I've been down this road with my little brother.  The best thing you can do/hope for is to be up front and honest with your doctor.  You may want to have your paperwork with you for the doctor to review if he/she so chooses.  You have some significant issues for the doctor to understand so don't be shocked if they withhold any type of scheduled medication (hydrocodone, etc) for a while.
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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  • alovingmommyof3aalovingmommyof3 Posts: 4
    edited 03/22/2017 - 2:57 PM
    The appointment was moved up a day because some employee accidentally cancelled the appointment when I inquired about POSSIBLY rescheduling. Luckily, I called in to see if i was still on the cancellation list and that is how I found out.

    Ok so the visit went fairly odd.  I was short on my meds.  I wasn't quite sure if I was short because my appointment was for the same day I would be picking up my medicine from the pharmacy even if I didn't have an appointment.  During my stressful time, I had some extreme abdominal pain that caused me to take extra. But I forgot to compensate later.  The pain was bad enough friends and family wanted me to go to the ER.  But I have had issues with this part of my body for almost 10 years so I didn't want to go.  This issue is what may be causing my back pain.  It is why I need a CT scan.

    The stress and the extra pain may have caused me to forget i took my medicine sometimes and  ended up taking too many.  This prompted me to get a pill box.  If it is the time for taking a pill and the boxes for the day are empty then I took the prescribed amount.  If there is one or more left, I took less than prescribed.  I told the nurse this to show I am proactive when I realize there may be an issue.

    The medicine shortage or the ER visit prompted a drug test.  Luckily I had found I had one left to take before my appointment.  However, I am on an antihistamine that causes very bad dry mouth which caused me to drink a lot of water.  Vitamins that I take daily that the doctor is aware of would have taken care of color issues. But I worry the water will have caused the hydrocodone to be undetected. There is no need to worry something will show up that shouldn't.  

    I wasn't honest about the psych visit.  It is so very hard to talk about when I didn't even belong there.  Plus it brings up painful memories of a person who tried so hard to ruin my life. My "friend" misinformed my kid to get me there.  Long story short they were mad at me for confronting the person they betrayed me with.  But I now may be a liar because they asked if I had any diagnoses or procedures since my last visit, I said no.  I was not informed of any diagnoses at the hospital or the ER.  Nor did they give me any paperwork saying I did.  However, at counseling yesterday I did get to diagnoses.  One is depression and one is based on self-diagnoses that they confirmed.  It is PTSD. The counseling record won't be shared with any of my doctors because there is no release.

    My doctor was still awesome.  The nurses were the ones I dealt with for the medical history and my being unable to talk about everything.  The first thing he asked me was if I had my CT scan yet.  I said no.  I explained i was trying to find a Gastroenterology doctor so I can go through the hoops my insurance company requires.  My pcp won't refer me unless pain doctor tells him too.  My pain doctor looked at me like my pcp had lost his mind.  I told him how I was trying to find a good doctor but don't want to go to some random doctor i find in a list.  I told him how I asked my friends on facebook for recommendations (he really liked that).  I am fairly sure he knows that I want off the meds and want to fix this issue.  I have been dealing with it for almost ten years.  Medicine is a bandaid.  It has taken me about 8 years to find a doctor so determined to help me.  It may be that he wants to get me off the medicine.  But I like to think it is that and he cares for his patients.  I am a bit sad that he isn't hopeful I will get the CT scan and he isn't hopeful it will tell us anything. I am hopeful.  He looked at me like I may be "just getting my hopes up."  But I have tried so hard to solve this problem that I went to the a specialist out of town at a medical college.  It is staffed mostly by MDs and maybe a few residents. My pain doctor and I have been trying to get this CT scan for months.  I think the reason I still got my medicine today is he can see that what I want most is to solve the problem and not cover it up.  He referred me to a GI doctor so I am being hopeful again that maybe just maybe I can find the problem.
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