It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Pain Management Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-31-2006, 05:19 AM   #1
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 1
corrinebh HB User
Exclamation fentanyl and oxycodone

My fentanyl transdermal patch (75mcg) and my oxycodone (15 mg) have not showed up in my urine tests at my pain management clinic twice now.
To top it off, my insurance denied covering these tests and now I have to pay $1,200.00. Can someone give me an idea why these would not show up in my tests? Is there something wrong with my liver? I have to take these medications for my severe stenosis in my back. I can't risk them thinking I'm selling these! What can I do!?
I'd also love to see what ideas anyone has regarding this problem with my insurance. Thanks to all who can help with these two very important issues!

 
Old 08-31-2006, 06:05 AM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 10,133
feelbad HB Userfeelbad HB Userfeelbad HB Userfeelbad HB Userfeelbad HB Userfeelbad HB Userfeelbad HB Userfeelbad HB Userfeelbad HB Userfeelbad HB Userfeelbad HB User
Re: fentanyl and oxycodone

hi corrine,sorry you are having to deal with this.unfortunetly for whatever reason,this does happen.you can scroll on down to the pain management board,there are some threads on just this subject.although,i have heard this happening with some of the less strong narcotics,i cannot believe that fent didn't show,espescially if you were actually wearing the patch to the UA so the doc could actually see that you were indeed "using' the meds.

alot of what will actually show depends on the type of tests they use,some are much more sensitive than others.my ins co wont pay for my UAs either thru my pain clinic,despite the fact these are mandatory by the clinic per the contract i signed.

perhaps there is something actually preventing the fent from being absorbed into the skin such as your skin temp or something?do you usually feel good effect on your pain levels from the fent?i sure hope things work out for you.perhaps you could(at least with the oxy anyways" go to the clinic and have someone watch you actually take your oxy and then come back the next day or something and do a redo on the ua,when they see that desptite the fact they actually saw you take it,but it did not show up in the test again,you may be vindicated.its about all i could suggest for you,sorry.staying there about an hour so they know you have the drug totally absorbed into your system would also be a good idea.but at any rate,check out the threads on this in the pain board,trust me,you are not the only one this has happened to.good luck,FB
__________________
3-22-01,herniated C-6-7
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 09-01-2006, 01:27 PM   #3
Inactive
(male)
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 155
mergatroy HB User
Re: fentanyl and oxycodone

Corrinebh,
Sorry to hear about the blood test not showing Fen. & Oxy.

My Avinza seems to be the same way. About 15 hours after I took my avinza, the blood test showed NO morphine in my blood. I thought this was great. My body was processing the morphine and I could drive...morphine free.

WRONG!!!! My PM&R doctor was not a happy camper, BUT I keep a log of every opioid I take. Today is Sept 1, 2006. It is my 272nd day on Morphine. When I showed him that I can account for every single pill, the day, hour and minute I took it, my doctor seemed to relax. And yes, I am anal about it, but opioids scare me. So he did not give me a hard time about it. I asked him if we could do a series of these blood tests to see just how long these 24 hour meds really work. I even offered to have my wife drive me to his house at 8pm or whatever he wanted so he could SEE me take the meds. He declined. I would really like to know how long these meds are in me, so I can plan the times I can safely drive my car to the store and back, etc.

I am stunned at the cost for these tests. One thing you might pursue is that the lab cannot charge you more than they charge an insurance company.

I had exceeded the amount of dental coverage one year and I still needed something else. Delta Dental told me to make sure the dentist did not charge me the retail rate. My dentist can only charge me what they charge the insurance company. So $1200 might be $250 real quick. Best wishes in your efforts. We can't afford to pay their "retail prices" any more.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Need help please on fentanyl patch and oxycontin laceymist Pain Management 6 06-24-2011 08:56 AM
Executor-? about fentanyl patch/"opiate tolerant" tattoogirl Pain Management 2 09-21-2009 01:43 PM
Fentanyl patch and fibromyalgia sophie56 Fibromyalgia 9 09-10-2009 05:58 PM
New to Board, New to PM and Long Lasting Pain Meds - Fentanyl New To CP Pain Management 64 06-19-2009 10:44 PM
doctor changed my fentanyl crossover plan! grandpaof2 Pain Management 3 10-14-2008 01:09 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



tortoisegirl (158), gmak (155), Shoreline (149), BB07 (91), backhurtz (84), katlin09 (69), Ilovemycutedog (53), galalena (50), jonnstar (35), Isotope (34)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1005), Apollo123 (905), Titchou (848), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (759), ladybud (754), midwest1 (669), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:11 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!