You might be surprised to hear this but they also test to see that the medication that they are giving you is in your system! In the proper amounts! Because if it is not, then you might not be using the meds, and if your not using the meds then what are you doing with them???? I found that out one day when I first started going to my pain doctor, there was an older gentleman making a real fuss in the lobby because the Doctor would not refill his pain meds. The nurses could not calm him down or anything finally the Doctor came out, and he got really belligerent with the Doctor, told him he did not need the pain meds, because the last two urine test showed that he was not using them at all, and if he wasn't using them, then what was he doing with the meds he got???? The man shut-up and quickly left the building!!! So they not only check if you are abusing drugs, but also that your taking your meds! My pain doctor requires a urine test every refill, you come in and take the little brown bag and go and fill your cup that is in it, and come back out with your little brown bag with the filled cup in it, and they call your name and you bring it back and they ask you when was the last time you took your scheduled pain meds, and the last time you took your break through pain meds, and any other meds, and while you are there they put your label on the filled cup and then you initial several places on the form and sign your name and then you go back out into the waiting room and wait to be called back, to see the Doctor, my doctor then ask you how you are doing and if there is any changes or anything and checks you over, and then dictates his notes in front of you and asks you if everything he said is correct. If he ordered test you go out and wait for the nurse to call you and then they order up the test MRI , a speciality Doctor or what ever, if you have to have an X-ray or blood work they give you the forms and send you directly to the appropriate place in the building to get it done! Then on the way out you stop at the pharmacy that is right there and pick up your meds! That is how it is done where I go anyway!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!