Hey Derek, I'm familiiar with the Minnisota multi phasic personality inventory "MMPI", It's like 700 questions from depression to klepto mania too pshosis and they ask the same question worded 10 differnt ways to see if your being truthful. It's the standard for psych eval and was required at all 4 clnics I attended whether the used opiates or not.
This "MAPS" thing sounds very interesting
I take it they have a consolidated report of every scheduled med you have taken for years, who ,when, where, etc. They should understand that various docs in one pactice can all write script or refills for you. I never know which one of the docs is going to sign my scripts. If it's just a DEA visit when I'm pickng up a script I get the impression the NP just goes to the area the docs congragate and who ever is free signs them. LOL
Lordy, I guess when the number of opiate script doubles and then tripples again, it's going to raise attn. We have an OxyC tracking system in VA and the satandard DEA schedule 11 reporting done monthly at each pharmacy, but nothing as compehensive as MAPs.
I went througgh the same thing when MY surgeon referred me to the last PM clinic I went too. It was 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 3 weeks. But after the initial intake interveiw, I also had to wait for a leter from my surgeon and GP both stating they were aware that the PM clinic would be handling all my PM medication and they should not prescribe any more meds for this. It took about 3 weeks from the initial interveiw the surgeon assumed would be the time she took over, but at the time I was so under medicated I don't remeber feeling ill. My surgeon would call in 30 Vicodin a week and that just kept me from eating a bullet when I was bed wridden.
Every week was a guessing and waiting game as to whether he would refill the meds or not. At 20 mgs of hydro a day, I don't recall a big difference between being unable to walk without the meds and unable to walk with the lmited meds he prescribed, but the surgeon thought he was doing me some extrordinary favor by prescribing anything.
The time will pass and anything that distracts you from feeling wrotten helps. I had a hospial bed in my den and actually completd the second Tomb raider the last month before PM."I did have the cheat codes and guide though. It was the last time I played video games, but it took my mind of things for a while.
Good luck at the clinic. Hopefully all the hoops just means they are careful and they can offer a multi dsciplinary aproach to treat even the toughest cases.
Take care, Dave