srtaydog I was not offended, and I do understand how you feel about pain Doctors, and how they treat patients, and yes allot of them, including mine, do make you feel like criminals, and I do most certainly resent it. Yes I to had to sign a contract, and afterward I learned that they ran every drug screening test there was available on me and every other patient that starts pain treatment at that clinic. Over the years, my Doctor has even told me that he does not worry about me abusing the meds. Heck allot of the time he will ask me if I need the Percocet for break throough and I tell him No, I have enough on hand. I am fortunate to have such a good Doctor, but it is humiliating to have take your little brown bag with your container and go in to the bathroom, and then come walking out with your little brown bag and walk through the waiting area to the back office for the interragation portion every time you need a refill which is monthly!. I do resent that! even though I understand it! It isn't right!
My first Doctor that originally put me on the Oxycontin, was an internal medicine/Oncologist I knew him well because I had previously worked with him when I was a nurse on the Onco unit. With him there was no such hoops to jump through, and he did not send his patient to the pain clinic, he was an Oncologist, he knew about pain and how to control and treat it! Unfortunately when he was put in charge of the Cancer Center, he had to drop all of his non cancer patients, and I had to find a new Doctor, PCP. and that Doctor, sent all her patients to the Pain Clinic as do so many of them now days.
So many days, I wish that my life was different, not having to go to the pain clinic and be treated like a criminal, I wish I didn't have so many meds to take, and knowing if I don't take them, I will pay the price and then some later on! And above all, on seemingly all to many nights, I wish I didn't wake up from the pain, or those wretching, clenching muscle spasms. But wishing does not make it so! I like you have a very healthy respect for medications, I honestly don't understand people that treat their meds so casually, medications can be dangerous, like a double edge sword, they can help you, if used correctly, but they can just as easily kill you if used incorrectly!
Thank- You for your post and encouragement straydog I really do appreciate it, I am trying to get out more and meet new people and make new friends, but it is difficult, Thanks Again....White Beard