I went to see my PCP on Thursday, after being denied a refill on my pain meds. Currently, I'm dealing with acute stomach and back pain of unknown origin, probably a GI bleed somewhere in the area that I had a gastric bypass several years ago. Anyway, the stomach problem is in addition to my regular pain issues. Having gone round and round all day with the employees/nurses at my PCP's office on Wednesday, on the phone and in the office, I figured the only way to get a refill was to actually talk to my PCP. One of the stupid office personnel actually told me I should "just take some tylenol". ARRRGGGHHH!!! I could have come across the counter and smacked her!!! I'm in serious pain...tylenol isn't going to cut it. It's like cutting the end of your finger off and reattaching it with a bandaid!!! DUH!!!
Well, started off Thursday morning waking up with a migraine...thus, really not in a good mood. Got my dad to take me to the DR's office, especially because I don't always communicate effectively when I have a migraine. Apparently, my PCP had left me a message on my answering machine the night before, saying he was NOT going to keep me on the Percocet that I had been taking for the last couple of weeks. My cats must have thwarted me again, as they like to step on the flashing buttons on my answering machine...thus, I didn't get the message.
Anyway, for some reason, my PCP thought it was another month before I get my endoscopy done, so he said there was no way he would keep me on the Percocet that long, "too much...too strong". I told him it was only a week away, so finally he lightened up and gave me a prescription for #30 pills(5/325) that have to last me a WEEK!!! That's barely four a day. Definitely not going to keep me in the least bit comfortable. I explained to him how the Percocet greatly improved my quality of life, that I could actually do a few housekeeping tasks I haven't been able to manage in months. That completely fell on deaf ears. I told him that I almost felt a little human, better than I had in a very long time. Didn't matter. He's been saying for several months that he would really like to take me off my normal pain med(Lortab 5/325) since it really wasn't improving my quality of life. WELL DUH!!!! If he gave me a stronger dosage or switched me to Percocet it would improve. This isn't rocket science.
I just don't get why my doctor refuses to prescribe medication on a regular basis that would allow me to have a somewhat decent quality of life. Is it so wrong to want something that would make life worth living? You all know how debilitating and depressing it is to be in constant pain. Am I so wrong to want something that would be so easy to make happen? It's not like I'm asking for Oxycontin or a Fentenyl patch for a hang-nail.
Do you guys see my point or am I totally off base here?
Leigh Ann a.k.a. VERY CRANKY1
- On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems
- Divorced, 43, spawn-free
- Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Impacted Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(ten molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals)
- Current Meds: Prozac, Klonopin, Atenelol, Stadol Nasal Spray, Lortab/Percocet, Trazadone, Buspar, Protonix, Tramadol, Visteryl, Carafate Suspension, Co-Q10, B2(Riboflavin), Remifemin(Black Cohosh)
- PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
- Current Problem: Mysterious Internal GI Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass