As most of us here we need all of our meds and I too count them from time to time just to see if I have enough befor my next Dr. vist. I know for a fact that there are people out there who have addiction issues (a family member of my own) who vist for what ever reason and ask to use the restroom and they check your medicen cabinet for any drugs that they can steal and abuse. they have no disreguard for you or your situation as they are addicts. be careful.
P.S. I keep mine locked up.
Ok, I have to add my 2cents here. This is going to shock quite a few of you. My 1st pain mgt dr was a young guy that fell into a mini gold mine. He took over the practice of an MD here that wanted to retire and get into more research. The dr that retired was the only one here that did accupuncture. Most of his patients were elderly people with arthritis problems, one lady actually took her arthritic poodle to him and hell he treated the dog. Think that didn't knock me for a loop. But these were wealthy people that went to him. Accupuncture back then was considered just short of quackery.
Two things I learned straight from the horses mouth. Accupuncture rarely works on acute chronic pain. ESI's rarely work, if anything the patient ends up in worse pain. They are nothing but a money maker for the dr and the facility he uses.
At my insistance he did try accupuncture and he was right, no benefit at all. I asked about doing the series of three ESI's, thats when he told me about them. Although, later down the road he got hooked up with an anesthesiologist and was doing the ESI's. I would still be a ptient of his today, but he died of a heart attack.
Drs are only going to dose our pain medications to us as is recommended by the pharm. company. They are not going to go out of bounds of the recommended dose for anyone.
For those interested, last year the pharma. companies spent 37 billion dollars for research and such. They spent 51 billion dollars in advertising. Now doesn't that put a knot in your gut!!!! Susie
Calling your Doc was a good move but I still would have filed that police report since your meds were short and had you been under a contract at a pain management clinic and got called in for a pil count and came up short you would have been cut off right there and then and no matter what you said at that point in time it would not have mattered.
They can if they chose replace what was stoled only if there is a police report and still then it is up to them and most Docs will only do it once and no more no matter what happens to them.
I knew a girl that was in the Katrina thing and her meds were obviously lost in the flood and because she had to have them replaced after they were stolen once years earlier by her BF they could not or would not and she suffered tremendously for almost a entire month. A shame on top of everything else she had lost including her Bil and was having to sleep in a school gym on a cot!
I cant urge you enough to go to Walmoar and buy a safe, I use one with a key and a cobo lock and it is bolted to teh concrete foundation in a closet in my bedroom. I am responsible if those drugs fall into the hands of say a child? Even a teenager for that matter and the numbers are high for abuse in that age group.
It cost about $59 which was not even close to the amount of the meds i lost to someone visiting that helped themselves once.
Even the bottle I keep in my purse with a few in it are in a locked bank bag also cheap as my bank gave it to me and i know they could take the entire bag but it makes it a little more complicated for them as well as I dont have to worry about my 3 year old grandaughter ever getting into them.
It was a few months ago a couple were charged with murder in the death of their 8 month old son whom died from a methadone overdose and it took months for them to figure out how this happened,he couldnt walk or even crawl up to where they kept the meds and the police and everyone thought they had ot have intentionally gave him the meds. Turned out they did not but had used a dropper to give him tylenol for teething pain and they had used it for their methadone from clinic which was liquid and didnt get it rinsed out good enough. Tragic really and very very sad but things happen and I want to make darn sure it doesnt happen to me or mine.
As for your fear of running out of meds or not doing something becuase you dont have enough meds to combat the pain well that is just ridiculous for one your on a short acting med and if your script is for 3 on a as needed basis and you are taking 3 each day then it is time to move on to a long acting med as this is the reason for their existing,the ups and downs of short acting meds is deplorable for most CPPs as you really never obtain any comfort level since it takes time to get into your system and peaks before time for another one and then wait in increasing pain for the next dose and by that time it takes hours to get relief again for another few hours? Not me.
Please talk to your Doc as he seems to at least listen to your concerns and let him know your requiring all 3 of your alloted pill in a day and still having a great deal of pain and is it possible to be put on something with a 12 or 24 hours lifespan and not all of these hold to those hours they are suppose to but it will be much better then what you are doing now.
Stray I also have heard the same to how both of those things really work and I also have from reading in forums for years found it to be mostly true. I think alot of Docs feel as though they have to at least make note of trying other methods to relieve pain for you before justifying using narcotics and again this is Docs jumping thru hoops to preven being singled out by those watching.