dropping a patient on pain narcatoics

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   Posted 11/6/2007 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I was sent to a pain clinic after three back surgeries. The last was a fusion that lasted a year, then after a "pop" the pain returned. Was sent to the clinic after my surgeon said there was nothing else he could do to help. The pain clinic tried a trial of the nerve stimulator for approx. a week that was successful. But after implantation, it never worked correctly. They tried on several occasions to adjust, install new leads, etc. but with no success. After 8 months I had it removed. After the removal I was drug tested and failed due to recreational drug. Did not abuse the narcotics I was prescribed. Because of the violation the doctor instantly dismissed me with no referrals. Was told to go to detox center but the centers needed referral from doctor. Pain clinic would not return my calls and just dropped me. Nearing the end of my medication I needed a new physcian or help quickly.
IS this not an unusual or unprofessional action, dropping a patient on pain narcatoics???

Thinking of seeking legal advise. I feel he put my life in danger. Should I seek recourse or just drop it to experience???

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   Posted 11/6/2007 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Beeper and welcome to Healing Well. I hope you will hang out with us here, we really have a great group of caring people here.

To answer your questions, yes, your dr can legally end the patient/dr relationship as he did. Every pain dr I have ever been a patient of had all patients sign a Contract that had the do's and the don't listed. If you did a don't the patient was immediately dismissed from care.

Unfortunately, this is going to make it difficult for you to get under the care of a new dr. Once they obtain your records from the dr most likely you run a fair chance of being dismissed by number 2.

These pain drs are watched by the DEA so closely because of the medications they are scripting. When a patient fails a urine test or starts obtaining medication from other drs too, it is grounds for immediate dismissal by the dr.

You have the choice it looks like of trying to get a new pain dr before your meds run out, or get in a detox center. I wish I could give you better anwswers. Susie  

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   Posted 11/9/2007 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I wished I knew what to tell you as well but I don't.Susie is right though they are closely watched and they have guild lines and rules that the pain doctors have to follow.I know my self I have to take a drug test and my pain doctor told me that they are now calling us and we have to go in and take a drug test the reason for this is you have a lot of people that are taking drugs that were not scripted for them by the pain doctor's and they will lay off of the drugs they got some where else for a week or so it will get out of your system and not show up,so this way they have a better chance of catching them.I wish you well and I hope that you can find the help you need.

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   Posted 11/9/2007 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
We also have very strict guidlines here in Ontario re pain meds .......especially Oxycontion and Morphine
Doctor told me he constantly feels lik he is under a microscope and is getting fed up with all the paper work involved with RX some of these meds

I take my pain meds accordingly and have no worries if they do call me in for blood work

I too wish you all the best ........LYN
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