I know this has been covered so many times on this forum. I have read a lot of posts by people in similar situations. I just really wanted to write down what's going on and see if maybe anyone can offer some words of advice.
I have had chronic pain caused by three-level cervical disc disease for 15+ years and now SI joint dysfunction from a car accident a year ago. I've been to every doctor imaginable. My family doctor has always given me pain medicine, usually Norco 1 or 2 per day. She retired and that's where my problems started.
After she retired, I went to her partner. Because his wife is a pharmacist, he will not write for pain meds long term because obviously he thinks everyone is an addict. So I next went to my ortho doc, who also professed to be a pain doctor. He said he would treat me as long as I came to him for follow-ups a few times a year and did his drug tests.
Fast forward to about a year later. I called last month to tell him the usual pain medicine doesn't seem to be working as well and only lasts about three hours. So I was being honest instead of taking more than he instructed. I figured he would change the medication or maybe increase the frequency. Nope. Instead he basically kicked me out and said he would write for one more month of pain medicine but then I have to go to a pain management doctor for long-term care (which is what I thought he did).
So I called the PM doc. After going through the phone screening, I was scheduled with the nurse practitioner in SIX weeks and was told I will be given no pain medicine at that appointment and will have to see the doctor for that IF I am approved by the nurse practitioner to enter their program. I called my current family doctor to see if she would write for pain meds while I am waiting for my appointment. She said sure, no problem. I went to the pharmacy and see called in 15 pills. Yes, 15 pills! When I called her to see if there was some kind of mistake, her nurse said no and to take Advil or Tylenol to get me by until I see the PM doc. Very funny...
I'm now five days away from my appointment with the nurse practitioner and out of pain medicine, so I will sit here in severe pain and not be able to function for the next five days. And then what happens if she doesn't accept me or says I have to wait another month to see the doctor? I really can't take this anymore. I'm so sick of being treated like a criminal. BTW, my insurance is an HMO, so there is only one PM doctor in the network and out of network is zero percent coverage. I do not have the money for self-pay.
Has anyone had an experience like this? I don't want pain medication to use for fun. I want it so I can be somewhat pain free and work and take care of my kids. I don't want to be disabled at 35 years old. Ugh....