I want to say thanks for all of the information that you all have given me in regards to this concern. I also want to thank Susie (straydog) for keeping up with me so well! There were other posts about
breakthrough medications and I want to try and briefly explain the exact situation a little better:
I saw my family doc for my back pain for almost 18 months. I had a failed epidural/spinal injection procedure in 11/08 and I saw my doc three times in four weeks for the problems I was having afterwords (I was completely incapacitated and in ungodly amounts of pain). I told him at all three visits that I was taking more pain medicine than what he prescribed because I was in so much pain and I wanted him to know exactly what the problem was and why I felt the need to take more. This is also why I saw him almost every week, I wanted to make sure he knew that I was still having problems with this failed procedure. He did not tell me not to take the extra medication (I wouldn't have done it if he had said not to) and when I ran out early that month, he asked me to leave his practice. I was very confused and upset when this happened. I believe this was a misunderstanding (maybe he wasn't listening to me or didn't understand me when I said I was taking more pain meds) but it has caused me a great deal of grief.
*** The following is all just my speculation. Because of this previous issue with my old doc, I believe this new doc does not want to prescribe me oral pain medication. I think he feels that the Duragesic patches (Fentanyl) cannot be abused. He asked me to discontinue the Norco that I was on for breakthrough pain and I destroyed all that was left of that Rx (about
2 weeks worth). I have been on the patches only for the last 4 1/2 weeks and he doesn't seem to want me to have anything for breakthrough pain. I have been pretty stressed that I have no recourse when the pain gets really bad but I will not ask him to give me anything in addition to the Fentanyl. I am very aware now (I was not before) of how I appear to doctors. This experience has taught me a great deal about
the way I am perceived. If I give a doctor ANY reason to doubt me, bad things may happen.
I am only posting this to try and clear up any confusion about
my lack of BT meds and in the hope that this may prevent someone else from enduring what I have for the past couple of months...
Fentanyl Patch - 100mcgs x 72 hours
Baclofen - 10mg x 8 hours
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