I thought maybe PAlady if I put it in it's own thread they would come back but it doesnt look as if that is going to happen.
Kitty forget what all the books have said! It is dangerous to go it alone. PAlady is right about things complicating the issue and your Doc knowing if you carry one of those factors or not and yes the ER staff far too many times are callous about it and if you must give them an excuse as if there is any,it is them feeling as though they are wasting their time on just an addict when there are real sick folks out there who need their help.
Of course you would NOT hear of someone dying from w/ds as their death would be listed as one of the causes rather then the factor,example might be hypertension,seizure,dehydration,kidney failure from the dehydration,and yes even suicide as being the number one of those. I cant say how you were tapering but I know how I am and how many others are and you are NOT in a proper state of mind when every breath hurts,every centimeter of your body aches and there doesnt seem an end in sight. Far too many times the overwhelming thoughts of living with those feelings become too much for just a moment and a moment is all it takes to end your life.
This was a desperate person calling here and I certainly hope they went to find help and the fact that the treating Doc was not there monitoring the situation was well just bad.
I wrote in another thread of 2 Docs here sanctioned for overprescribing among other things and one of those completely losing his lic. altogether leaving hundreds of his legitimate patients to fend for themselves and 2 of those did not make it. One was a former Iraqi soldier wounded over there and send home on medical and was being treated by this Doc for his pain issues as well as post tramatic disorder,when the Doc couldnt refill his meds and he couldnt find a nother Doc to treat him since he was only 24 years old and far too many Docs will not prescribe for this young of a patient no matter what! Thinks the DEA is going to breath down their back so he spend weeks in horrific w/ds,not to mention that none of his refills on any of his meds were worth the paper they were written since the DOc had been sanctioned,he was left totally out in the cold no meds of any kind here. He went to the cemetary one night took his Brother whom was a police officers service revolver with him and never came out again.
Was it written up that way? Not,it was ruled suicide straight and simple,he was a casualty of war so to speak but was he really? Not from the folks who knew him he wasnt,he was a casualty of some kind of war ,the war on drugs,but not Iraq.
Please dont believe everything they tell you or everything you read in a book or here as sometimes it isnt always what it look like.