Im 18 and under my parents health they know what pain pills ill get prescribed to

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   Posted 1/8/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys..I was wondering I am 18 years old..if I go to the doctor and get prescribed percoset for pain and xanax for anxiety will my parents know I am being prescibed to these since I am still under their healthcare...they never really been real supportive of this whole disease which is cool BUT I know they would be completly against me taking these and get the wrong idea in your head. I have the constipation problem and the gas pains hurt my back and also sometimes my incision sites hurt from my resection along with lower left quad pain...also I feel like sometimes I have the social isolation and anxiety problems that I feel xanax can help me with..would a GI even do this?

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   Posted 1/8/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Generally speaking your parents wouldnt know what medications you are on just because you are under their insurance plan. This being because when they recieve bills or statements from docs or insurance companies (atleast mine) they dont indicate what medications where prescribed, but just say what was basically a physical or xray. I am sorry they arent supportive...sometimes it takes a bit longer for parents because they cant help you feel better, and thinking that if they deny it or try to ignore it then maybe you wont have it...not the case. Be careful with drugs like percocet because they can become addicting. Just follow the prescription exactly as it is of luck!
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Prednisone, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Remicade,
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
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   Posted 1/9/2008 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
they should not be in the know. and if your dr says anything you could probably sue. the recent changes to the HIPPA laws are very strict. now if the meds are laying around in your room and they have access then thats your problem. but i see no reason your drs would or should tell them.. heck you can be a young girl and have a major operation and they cant tell the parents.

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   Posted 1/9/2008 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Your Dr cannot legally inform your Parents of your meds/treatment unless you sign a consent form saying so even if you are under their insurance.

Not sure if your GI would prescribe an anti-anxiety med, but a GP would. My IBD Daughter suffers the same and was prescribed Ativan/Xanax by her regular Dr.

Be careful with pain meds. Not sure pain meds would help constipation/gas pains. You need something to relieve the gas and hence will relieve that particular annoying pain.

Percocets/Vicodins can be very addicting. There are less potent pain meds out there that should be tried first.

Now, as longtime Parent of an IBDer I'd like to say that I pretty much keep my nose out of my Daughter's meds/treatments especially now that she is older and even when she was on my Insurance
until age 23. That is business between her and her Drs, BUT, my Daughter does keep me informed as to what is what in case she ever gets in a situation and cannot speak on her own behalf as to what meds/treatments she is on. This is very vital information needed in an emergency situation if the patient cannot communicate it themselves or Drs cannot be reached. If a patient cannot communicate their meds then who their Drs are cannot be communicated either and unfortunately my Daughter doesn't carry that info with her like she should. This of course drives me nuts since she is a fan of traveling especially out of the country and I am her emergency contact so I NEED to know this information and keep it on file and keep it updated so she can get speedy care in an emergency situation.

So sorry that your Parents are not supportive. It is not an easy chronic illness to get through without support. I will keep good thoughts that your Parents will come around and render their support.

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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey John,

I agree with the other posters above. Again, a couple cautions. Pain pills are constipating so that might make your problem worse. Also, forgive me if I am confusing you with another poster but I believe you enjoy partying, correct? If so PLEASE do not drink on Xanax or Ativan or pain pills. It is very very dangerous. I agree that no one should live in pain and that your pain needs to be treated but please do a self assessment before taking them. Do you have an additictive personality? Do you have the will power and confidence to say no to friends that are drinking or using other illicit substances that would effect your meds? What will you say if a friend asks for some of your pills? If you are ready to deal with all that by all means accept the rx, but please think it through first.
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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Great post Fitzy!! Pain meds are VERY constipating! Tylenol 3 stops me up for days and days and I refuse to take them anymore EVEN with a stool softener.

My Daughter even at age 25 is still only given scripts of Ativan/Xanax in the amount of 30 tabs with NO REFILLS. Back when she was 19 in College when first prescribed and even now, she doesn't abuse it. Usually takes her a year to use up the 30. She finds that even a 1/2 dose helps much when needed.

There is much pressure these days in Friends wanting to borrow prescription meds from others especially anti-anxiety and pain meds! Be very aware John if you get prescribed such meds.

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   Posted 1/9/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi John,
It sounds like you might need a therapist. Sometimes anti-anxiety medication needs to be prescribed by a doctor in an emergency, but otherwise, I don't believe anybody should be on such medication without being under a therapist or psychiatrist's care.
If you find a good therapist, you might not need the meds. With Crohn's and without the support of parents, there are plenty of good reasons to be anxious. Learning how to manage anxiety is key.
A good psychiatrist might recommend some other anti-anxiety medication for about a month, such as Klonopin, while shifting you over to a medication like Lexapro, which takes longer to work. The goal of a good therapist should be to help you find your way to eventually manage anxiety without meds.
A good therapist would also help you determine whether pain medication is becoming a crutch or addiction.
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