The doctor's vacation schedule is NOW my problem.
Referred to my present PCP 20 months ago by my old doc who moved away.
Other than the occasional ailments, I see him every 30 days for: Adderal XR (I was diagnosed 8 years ago with ADHD), and
About 2 years ago, I aggravated/re-injured, what ever, an old back injury. When I came to him I was taking 40 mg per day, but it wasn't cutting it and I would be back in his office on day 26/27. After my MRI's 5 months ago, he increased my Norco to 60mg per day. Seems we have found the correct dose and I can comfortably make it to day 30. No problem. Both the lower back and thoracic MRI's show legitimate pain causing conditions.
I am investigating other chronic pain relief options, but how do you pick a PM doc? (Another thread, I know)
So… my last appointment was on (prev appt plus 30), March 12, in this case, and I had 3 Norco left when I got to his office. No problem. Today is April 12, previous appointment plus 31 days and I have 2 left. If I went to his office last Friday, he more than likely would have re-filled the Norco and he would have definitely re-filled it today. BUT…he was on vacation last week and they scheduled me for April 14th – (previous appoint plus 33 days).
I knew this, so I did try and cut back throughout this past month were I could. Then a week a go, I slipped on the tile floor ended up with a severe knee contusion, no break, thank the lord. I DID NOT receive opiate pain meds from the walk-in clinic I went to because first of all, they wont prescribe them and secondly, even if they did I was honest and told them I was taking Norco for my back. I do not ever want to be accused or labeled as doctor shopping.
So, I called my PCP office this morning to see about getting in today, or tomorrow. I was told, no "we are booked until the 20th." You can come in and wait, but there is no guarantee we can get you in. You might sit here all day, and not get in. I said, "I have an appointment on the 14th" can you ask if the doctor if he will give me a 2 days supply? I was told, "He probably wont (translated – I'm not even going to ask him) since you are 3 days early for your appointment!" I said, "well I was given a 30 days supply of medication 31 days ago, I need to figure something out." She said, "We'll see you Wednesday." I hung up before I lost my temper.
She may or may not have had any idea what the medication were I was talking about Maybe it is something that you take or else you die, or have a stroke, etc. She may have no idea they could be, and are, something that you take, and if you don't you're in unnecessary pain and suffer opiate withdrawal. And that is just the Norco, what about the Adderal? It is no picnic to being a scatter brain, on top of being in unnecessary pain and discomfort. I'm fairly certain I'm not going to die from this, I might wish I was dead later today or tomorrow, at least I hope not, but what if I were taking something that stopping suddenly would be really really dangerous? I can't be the only patient this is happening to.
Thanks for letting me vent – nothing better to do now that the wd's are setting in. Oh joy. I'm SERIOUSLY considering going to the ER and saying 5 or 6 Norco or send me to detox. Then sending my PCP the co-pay bill and let him explain to my insurance why as a "preferred provider" he left me no other choices. Hmmm, I think I'll call the helpdesk at my insurance and see what they suggest.
I'm obviously going to step up the search for a PM doctor and a just added a new PCP too. Isn't FORCING your patients to suffer needless pain and withdrawal, or worse when they run out of medication because they cant get past the front desk, malpractice or abandonment?