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   Posted 4/29/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I have been seeing the same doctor for years. I have all the symptoms of Fibro. I'm a good, honest patient.
My doctor is part of some pain management counsel.
2 months ago they started this new process which requires a huge packet to be signed which basically says that you won't get meds from other doctors and such. This isn't a big deal. And I have to be seen every 2 months which includes a drug test and random pill counts.

I'm really irritated.

I understand that there are people out there that fake illnesses, but I'm not one of them. I guess I don't really appreciate being treated like a bad person and it's really not that convenient for me to run into the doctor's office at their beck and call.
I've got a lot on my plate. I have a baby at home, I work 22 hours a week (which is killing me) and I hurt all the time. I can't just get in the car and run down there. And it's tough to get a last minute babsitter. Sometimes I'm late for work because I have to run my meds down to be counted.

I'm tired of being sick. I shouldn't have to "jump through hoops" to get treatment. I'm not an addict. My doctor knows I'm not an addict. My life would be easier if I was a drug addict because then I could just go to rehab and my pain would be gone. That's sad to think that way, but it's true. A few years ago, I wanted it to be true and I checked myself into rehab. It was scary as hell! There were some scary heroin addicts, coke addicts, a homosidal lady. During one of the group sessions, they asked me "so what's the most amount of pain pills have you taken?" I said "4" They said "at a time?" I said "No, one pill four times a day". There were people in there that were taking 60+ pills a day. I couldn't believe it! After a week, they sent me home saying that I didn't belong there and that I needed to be in a pain clinic, not rehab.

Sorry, got a little off my original topic. But I don't like the Big Brother deal!

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   Posted 4/29/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Dani, I'm so happy you were able to kick the drugs ((((HUG))))
Cheshiregirl, there is a commercial on about rx drugs where the drug dealer is complaining cause the kids are getting their drugs out of their parents medicine cabinet instead of from him. I had a family member that was stealing my xanax and it took me awhile to figure it out cause I was not taking all that was prescribed for me. I actually set her up one time to see if it was her doing it and it was. That may not sound like a nice thing to do but I had grandchildren living in my house and wanted to make sure it was none of them. She went on to try to burn her house down for the ins money to buy drugs with and spent three years in prison for it. This was not a teen but a woman in her 30s.
I do not take narcotics but I can imagine what a pain it would be if I had to go to the doc office when called to have xanax counted. Hopefully, they will come up with a better system to keep track of people and the meds they take.
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   Posted 4/29/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   

I have a prescription for valium...and so does my 18 year old dog.  I take it for Meniere's Disease and RLS and have never taken more than two pills in a day. There are days I don't take any.  My husband fishes with our vet and one day he saw my dog pacing around the room and I told him she does that for hours...we first tried a 'Doggie Aricept' but it didn't do anything.  So he wrote a script for Valium.  I made the mistake of taking both of our scripts to be filled at the same time.  The pharmacy assistant looked at them and rolled her eyes.  "these are NOT both for you, I hope," she says.  I told her no and she just stood there, deciding if she was going to believe me.  Then I told her to look at the last time I filled a thirty count script...It had almost been three months.  She looks at me warily over her glasses.  I then tell her to call the vet so he could confirm my dogs condition.  In the meantime, people are backing up in a long line behind me.  Finally, she gave them to the pharmacist and he filled them.

Having a brother that died from drug abuse, I understand the precautions that have to be taken.  I guess when those of us who don't abuse a drug are treated like those that IS insulting.  I should have realized what taking both of them in at once would look like...then on the other hand if I was a crafty drug seeker, I would have known to take them to two different pharmacies!  I didn't even dawn on me.




fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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