HI, i'm kinda new to the whole pain management clinic scenario. I am being seen for severe endometriosis and abdominal scarring/adhesions. I was diagnosed 9 years ago, and had a complete hysterectomy about 5 years ago, unfortunatly all my symptoms returned and it turns out i develeloped severe scarring afterwards, that gives a lot of the pain and symptoms as the endo did. Things seemed under control until about 2 years ago, i needed more and more vicadin to control the pain. I finally got in to see a pain interventionalist about a year ago, and set up my trial for scs. it worked really well and in march i got my stimulator implanted in march. I'm doing a ton better, and got set up with a real pain management clinic in may. I had some trouble a month after my implant from the swelling and have had to reprogram my machine several times for muscle cramps. as the swelling has gone down, my area of sensation has changed some and caused muscle spasms. I've had to take muscle relaxants and mobic off and on the last few months as it has eased up.
my first visit they did a urine drug test (i'm assuming to make sure i am taking only what i said i'm taking)
I also found out i was a canditate to try trigger point infections, and for the last three months that is what i've done---- I'm down to 20 darvacet a month (from 60-90) before the scs was implanted.
I'm going in to see my dr on thursday 3rd of september. My problem/concern is this---- I was traveling and 3 weeks ago was driving and started hurting. I didn't think about it, i just grabbed my prior recieved prescription for the non-narcotic pain killer tramodol (ultram) which doesn't work nearly as welll as darvecet. but doesn't make me drowsy and is safe for me to drive with. I realized afterwards that i broke the dr's rules. this is an old prescription and i didn't have permission to take it. It was just that one time about two weeks ago. I am now worried about what this means for the rules. I feel so stupid for taking it---but it is what i'd been doing when i needed to drive for the last 9 years--- I didn't think about it until that night.
will this show up in the drug test? I am thinking i need to just go in and be upfront and tell them what happened--- but paert of me hopes it was long enough ago that it wont' show up, or that they are testing for narcotics etc... and that it wont' even be an issue. I'm an extremely honest person, and feel so stupid and so forth for not thinking it through. Does anybody know what they are testing for, or how long it takes for this to get out of my urine?
Regaurdless i really think i need to be upfront and honest and hope that they will be ok with it. If they drop me as a patient i'm screwed though. It took forever to find a clinic that would see me, and there arent' a lot of choices in the area, as it is i'm traveling an hour and a half to get to austin texas to these drs.
Hoping for advice and insight.
I'm hoping and praying they won't even test me this time, but even still it is just in my nature to admit the whole thing and hope they will forgive me this time if i turn in the old prescription.....
afraid i screwed up big time!! ~~~Emily
Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, Neuro-Cardiogenic Syncopy, Endometriosis and Abdominal Scarring/ Adhesions causing severe chronic pain. Recent Neurostimulation Therapy Implant Surgery.
Long Term Depression and Anxiety---but on the awesome side-- Mommy to three, married 13.5 years and Still twitterpated!!