Obie- it sounds like youve been through alot before and after the New Year, I really hope the docs are willing to do all they can to keep your pain down. As for the scripts, they can write refills on percs and lortab and I have seen them call in those kinds of perscriptions(some docs say they cant, but my pm has, so maybe you need to be a certain kind of doc to do that, I dont know) But I know they cant write refills on fentynal, dilaudud, morphine or owycontin...and a bunch more. The law doesnt allow it because they are so addictive and dangerous and also because people who are able to trick some pm docs and sell there scripts. So only writting them for every month allows your doc to keep an eye on you for possible addiction and fraud. I also live a ways away from my doc and find it difficult to get in sometimes. As far as I know you can see you every month. If they would like you to go in every 2 weeks they might want to keep a close eye on your progress or lack there of because your a new patient. They are very causious with new patients and righfully so, they become liable when perscribing those types of meds and can loose there liscence if anything happens. Thats why they make you sign a contract saying you wont see anymore docs for pain meds, or use more than one pharmacy, give your meds to anyone else...etc...etc... As hard as it is to get there right now, it may be a benefit in the long run just to do what they want you to. I have always found that as hard as it is to go in when your hurting so badly,they can then see just what you deal with on a daily basis and that the meds really may not be working, its much harder to get that across in just words sometimes. Plus it makes them more causious when you have to cancel appointments and cant get in. Does you pm doc have beds in the back for other prosdures? when I'm having a bad day and have to go in to see them, I sometimes ask if I can lay down because I have a prob sitting in the seats(why do they make those seats so uncomfy anyway, dont they know there for the ill and pained...I hate them)
I know its hard to understand why they do the things they do. But its a wonder with all the DA's out there wanting to shut them down for treating non-maliganat pain that they do this at all. Thats why normal docs wont keep on perscribing.
Hang in there! I hope I've been able to help a little.
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