I came down with strep throat and bronchitis on sunday, Monday I was really sick and coughing hurt very very bad, my temp was 103. I called my doctor to try and get in to see him (as some of you know, I go to county health, my primary also prescibes my pain meds).
I was told that our enrollment had elapsed. I thought they checked it every year, but its every 6 months. They wouldnt even let me speak to the advice nurse. I made an appointment to go in for a new financial screening.
I was so sick, and had no idea what to do. Hubby talked me into going to the ER. I went, and I told the doctor I was a chronic pain patient under contract. He diagnosed me with the strep and bronchritus.
He gave me 3 prescriptions, I had to fill them at a different pharmacy than I usually use, which my contract says I can only use one, but it was closed, I had to use a 24 hour one.
My hubby went in this morning to the financial screening appointment, and I wrote a note for him to drop off to my doctor, explaining what happened and why.
When I went to list the meds I was given in the hostpital, I noticed the cough syrup has a narcotic in it
I listed all the prescriptions I had, gave him the name of the doctor I saw, and explained that
1. I made every effort to see him before I went to ER
2. I was not seen for anything to do with my back or neck, which is what my pain meds are for.
Do you think it will be okay? I am not set to see him again for a month, but we got approval, so I could see him sooner. I need to call for my refills in just a week or so, and I dont want to wait and find out then that I have been kicked out of his practice!
He is much much stricter than my last doctor was. I have a contract with him, and he told me he does do UA's. although he never said anything about pill counts. He said if he does a UA and finds you have too much or not enough of your pain med, he will assume you are taking them, but not sticking to prescribed amounts and will work with you, if he finds any street drug in you, youre out on the street with nothing. None of this bothered me, because I am compliant and I dont use street drugs.
But now I am really really worried. I have no medical insurance, if he kicks me out, I have no where to turn. Any suggestions or encouraging words would be apprieciated.