Posted 7/19/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -7)
I've been seeing my pain doc for a while now. I do really like her and think she is a sincere woman who really does care about her patients.
But with that said I am completely frustrated with her inconsistancy.
She has been nice enough to prescribe me percocet on top of my regular timed release med for my periods. My cycles are so awful and painful they have put me in the ER, in a type of shock and generally very ill. At times it has taken the ER three doses of dilaudid to get the pain under control to the point where I could speak coherently without sobbing.
My doc is very stingy with the breakthrough meds. I'm never given any for more than my period, but even then she prescribes 10mg, 8!! hours apart and only 3 days worth which is a huge struggle.
So this month I forgot to call before the weekend so had to call her service today. I hated to do it but knew if I didnt I would risk having to call in the middle of the night and I would feel even worse doing that.
I apologized and told her I could feel my cycle coming on and that because I forgot to call I didnt know what to do. She said she would call something in for me. She said she may not be able to call in 20(which she doesnt give me anyway) and I said that that was okay, that her calling me in something was much appricited.
Well my husband gets home and I looked at the bottle. 1 pill every 6 hours with a total of 12. I couldnt believe it, I am so afraid of having to feel this pain and feel completely unprepared. She has called me in 18 pills every 6 hours so I know its not that she could only call in 12.
I cant believe she would do this to me on a weekend when the only choice I have is to go to the ER if 1 pill doesnt cover the pain.
In the past she has allowed me to take 2 every 4 hours, then 2 every 6 hours and then 2 every 8 hours. Now its getting down to one.
I dont understand why she is so inconsistant. It leaves me anxious about what to expect every time I have to get brealthrough meds. And I just know judging from the pain that I have right now without having officially started yet I'm going to be in a bad situation.
Should I get a second opinion because she just cant prescribe consistantly? I really like her but I feel like she is leaving me in a dangerous situation as I really cant physically tolerate the pain. And because 10mg barely keeps me hanging on, the thought of 5mg is leaving me in a panic
Has anyone been in this sort of situation or has an opinion of what they would do if they were? And how can I keep myself out of the ER. My pain is so bad right now and I have taken one dose but didnt even have that to spare as I still havent officially begun my cycle but couldnt stand the pain its causing.
In suffering, we are given the key to a door which most rarely
get to open. Behind it lies the ultimate gift which is only visible
in our darkest hour.