I have been in PM for many years, since 1995 to be exact. I have never heard of percocet being prescribed for 8-10 doses a day, and I've talked to many PM's over the years. I suppose if it was only one tablet, but never two tablets at a time at that frequency, no matter what the tylenol dosage is. But that is my experience and it may not be someone else's.
It is very common for a PM doctor to cut someone off with no taper. It may be the DEA's recommendation for a three day taper, but that is only a recommendation, not a law. My own PM cuts abusers off with no taper, I know this for a fact. I also know that other PM's in my area do the same. It may be a bit different with some of the stronger narcotics such as fentanyl, or morphine, but percocet, vicoden , darvocet type meds are a cut off.......period.
What her doctor did may not be ethical in our eyes, but it is not illegal.
My PM that has treated me since my current situation arose moved back to Puerto Rico. Since that time, I have had two other PM's and so far, they have been as understanding and compassionate as he was. I am fortunate and I know that.
I don't have a contract with my PM because I was never asked to sign one. I have volunteered for urine or blood tests because I am legit. If my meds were lost or stolen, I would have to suffer withdrawal, and I know that, because I would not ask my doctor to replace my meds and I know that my pain levels would escalate.
I have gone through withdrawal several times. willingly because I wanted to go off the meds to see if I could function without them. It is not pleasant by any stretch of the imagination but it can be dealt with.
I am not uncompassionate to someone in pain, but when I see red flags in someone's posts, I don't pull any punches. I am a straight shooter, always have been, and don't intend to hurt someone, but also believe that at times, someone may not recognize their red flags and having someone else point them out may help them see that they may need to reevaluate their thinking.
I have never given nor taken meds that were not prescribed to me. In fact, a few months ago, I was highly upset about
a friend of mine who called me one night, wanting pain meds, despite the fact that she knows that I will not "share". She had taken all of her script
in less than two weeks and was looking for more.......sorry, friend or no friend, it's not happening here.
Anyway, I care, sometimes far more than I should, and I do try to help, and that's what I think all of us are trying to do.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..