Eagle, can your PCP refer you to another pm dr? It sort of sounds like they are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. If they were needing to know if this was a consult only why not have someone call the PCP & ask instead of screaming matches, makes no sense. I can see why you would be a little concerned about seeing them. So what if you have had eppie's in the past, big deal. The more I think of this the more I think I would ask for a different PM dr. They seemed to be way too controlling. Not a group I would be willing to see.
Can you call your PCP and ask them to find someone else? Its sure worth a call. Meanwhile you are stuck.
Its not a good idea going off of your meds w/o drs supervision. There is a big difference between tolerance to a medication versus addiction. Tolerance means simply the medication is no longer working and either an increase is needed or a change of medication. I become tolerant to my blood pressure medications. After being on the same ones for a couplr of years they stop working, same with my antidepressant. Addiction is the people who take the medication for highs, not for medical purposes, big, big difference. A person addicted see's more than one dr, will obtain the drugs illegally, uses multiple pharmacies, they will even use bogus names. Some obtain the pills to sell on the streets. But those people are not taking the drugs for medical reasons, please understand this. In fact, recent, studies have shown CPer's do not become addicted to their pain medications, as long as they take their medications as prescribed even when used long term.
None of us like taking pain medications, but for many of us this is the only way we can have some semblance of a life. This does not mean we are addicts or hooked on our medications.
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.