Thanks for both of your responses.
Snowbunny, I don't see a pain management doctor.
My regular physician gives me the tramadol and has never asked to count my pills or take a urine sample. And I don't see him doing so in the future.
If he ever called me and demanded that I come in for a urine test or for pill counting, I'd tell him to shove it unless he was willing to give me a few days notice.
I have a life and can't just quit everything I'm doing to go to my doctors office.
Now, if I was there for a regular appointment and they asked for a urine test, no problem.
And if when I made the appointment they asked me to bring my pills with me, that wouldn't be an issue either. As long as the nurse is willing to wash her hands first and take my pills out of the bottle to count them, after or before which she would have to determine how many there should be, I've got no problem with it.
I'm not in the least bit concerned about that ever happening, though.
With my doctor, it takes over a week to get in to see him.
And once there, you'll be waiting in the lobby a minimum of thirty minutes past your appointment time and then another ten minutes or so once you get called back to one of his offices.
That's how busy he is, so I can't imagine them having the time to call somebody in just to test their urine and pill count.
But as I said, I would not stop everything just to go running to my doctors office at his request to check my pee and pills. If he wanted to drop me as a patient because of that, so be it.
When it comes to the DEA going to war against prescription drug abuse, maybe they should first consider how miserably they've failed to combat the use of ILLEGAL drugs. If they actually get to the point of not allowing general practicioners to dispense pain medications to patients for more than a few months, then something is very wrong. Besides, there are a lot worse things happening in this country than somebody popping a few extra vicodin. In my opinion, if somebody wants to endanger their health by acting that ignorant, let them. As far as I know, there is no law against stupid.
@nsearch212, thanks for your input. My insurance has already told me they'd pay for the tramadol next Saturday. I really shouldn't have to worry, but getting it filled then will leave me with five extra days worth since I had it filled on the 25th of April and then on the 19th of May.
I don't know this pharmacist very well yet and so I'm kind of weary of how strict he is when it comes to refilling pain meds.
Post Edited (newname) : 6/12/2011 3:50:54 PM (GMT-6)