SpineAZ... That is so funny. I can't tell you how many times I have hidden my meds from myself. We have the terminix guy who comes once a month, (we live in the country) and he has been allowed to just go ahead and do his thing. The dog goes nuts when he comes and the guy is terrified of him so the dog and I go in one room and lock ourselves in until he is finished. Also have a relative who loves to snoop. She simply can't help herself. LOL Hope you find your stash at some point. Hopefully before it expires.
Hi there...I'm not doing well at all. The withdrawals are horrible, I don't know what to do. I may just have to call them and confess..I can't suffer like this until my next refill..I don't know what to do.
I have one friend who is in PM ( i rferrred her to MY Doc ) . She is on the same medication I am only at a lower strength. I have "borrowed" and of course paid her back. Since I know she is presribed what I am I felt it ws OK from time to time when she has left hers at home etc and we are at work.Do you know anyone in this same situation ?
Also, where I live Robitussin Ac is available at pharmacy and signature/drivers liscence required to get. have to ask pharmacist for it ( ONE pharmacy in my town ) The codeine is better than nothing,. I had to do that once when I ran short one month after taking more than I was presribed due to higher pain one week .
I have to buzz in on this one. I know your in pain and completely sympathize.
I personally feel that if you have a good relationship with your doc and have never had an issue like this occur before. (And if I'm not mistaken I beleive you said you have not signed a pain contract).
Then I would approach the doc in such a fashion. Hey doc I'm not sure what your policy is and I'm kinda between a rock and hard spot. Unfortunately i went on vacation and I lost my medication... blah blah.. I'm not sure how it happened but it gone and I've done everything possible to try and retrieve them. Doctor i don;t want to Jeopordize my treatment with you. Thanks to your clinic you have given me my life back and turned back into a functioning human being. But my pills are lost and I know there are strict guidlines for filling medications, but doctor there has to be something we can do for situations such as these. I have been with you over "X' amount of years and this has never happened before and beleive me I will be sure to never let it happen again. Right now I;m just in unbearable pain. Is there anything you can do for me doctor....
So something along those lines.
The other side of the coin is while you will suffer for a few days to a week, this is a good oppotunity to bring your tolernace back down, also to see if it might be possible for you to get off the meds all together and access your pain level after not having taken them for a few weeks, you may decide that "Hey I feel great and I don't need these meds"
I'm not sure what your medical situation is and what I wrote above may not be possible based on what you medication conditions are, but if it is how great would that be. you lost your meds and that gave you the oppotunity to get off them all together.
If your pain is just to great, which i'm sure it will be hard to distinguish between withdrawl pain and real pain. But regardless if you just can't take the pain any longer than approach the doctor just as I have noted above.
Otherwise get yourself a buch of immodium and all the other tips people mentioned and tough it out.
I really wish you the best and sincerely sympathize with your current situation.
Please let us know how your doing and keep us posted as to any developments.
Leo...I did end up trying that approach and it didn't work. He is a very nice doctor, but his answer was still no even though this is the first time in the 3 years I have been seeing him that this has happened.
The main problem I am having is with the withdrawals. It's hard to explain but it's like a terrible flu where your body feels weird inside and no amount of stretching or anything helps it. I cant sleep for nothing..I am flat miserable. Does anyone know how to help that withdrawal feeling I am having?
I really feel for you. I was in a similar situation in 06 but my percocets were stolen not lost. I have never been in pain management because I am a Medicaid receipient & there are no pain clinics in town that accept it. I had 5 days worth of percocets left & had a prescription that was not due to be filled until Friday & the pills went missing Sunday evening. Thankfully my cousin, an oncologist at a hospital in my city, was willing to write a prescription to tie me over until Friday. He wrote "stolen meds" on the script. I did not hide this from my PCP. He was okay with it. I paid for the pills out of pocket because Medicaid would not have paid for it.
I realize people who have signed contracts cannot get a replacement prescription from another doctor as I did. If that had been me I would have been so screwed, chewed & barbecued. I saw where someone said you may have to go 3 weeks without pain meds. Just reading that sent a chill up my spine. I could not go more than 24 hours without pain relief or I would be screaming! I hope you will get through this without too much suffering!
Champagne for my real friends & real pain for my sham friends! (teehee)
I am SO sorry for what you are going through. Do you know anyone that could help you. I am not trying to advise anything illegal here. I HATE this dang rule! ONE time I had some meds taken from me and my doctor was wonderful and he filled early for me. That was one time, but I told him the truth and he was so supportive. I hear the pain clinics are NOT that way and so I just could not belong to one. Geeeshhhhhhhh.
You cannot go three weeks this way. I wish I could help ((you)). I just really and truly feel so bad.
Please keep us posted if you can.
My thoughts are with you. I would call the doctor again. Tell him how sick you are.
Ask him what you are supposed to do? He must be responsible for you. You have been with him for a long time and this is the first time something has gone wrong.
I think the pain clinics are into suffering....I swear to God! I am really MAD as I type this. For God sake we are HUMAN BEINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know how horrible you feel right now, I have been there and the loss of sleep was without question the hardest part of wd that I had to endure as well. As much as I would love to say I agree with Madison and call him again, I really do not suggest that you do that. Some pain docs will look for anything they can to dismiss patients. If you push too hard you may come across as being a difficult patient. Some doctors will dismiss a patient if their nurses complain that your being demanding. One thing that you might consider is calling and asking if he can rx something to help you rest at night. Let them know that you understand why they are unwilling to refill your meds early, but can they at least make you a bit more comfortable until you see them again.
Follow your instincts about this. In the mean time, consider trying some melatonin and some sleepy time tea. Take it one day at a time and remember it is only temporary unless you do something to cause them to dismiss you. It's not fair, but this is the way it is sometimes.
Hang in there sweetie. You can do this and after taking a little break like this your meds will work even better when you do get them.
Hi..thank you all so much for the support.
The withdrawals the past 2 days were WAY TOO MUCH for me to even remotely handle so I went to my doctors office.
I wish so much I could have waited the whole 3 weeks but with all of the withdrawal symptoms I was having, there was no way..like Madison said..I am a Human Being.
So, he gave me my refills for this month and then told me bye. He said that if he does this for me then he has to do it for everyone, yada yada yada.
I don't want to get anyone in trouble, and in the 3 1/2 years I saw him he has always been very good to me. But, he said he will not prescribe me anymore narcotics but if I want to go on Suboxone to get off of the narcotics then he will help me with that.
I can't be mad at him b/c he has to do his job, and obviously not sacrifice getting in trouble for any patient. So, off to another clinic. I heard of a great one here in AZ so I will be giving them a call right away.
I'm not worried about the whole thing..if this next clinic won't help me..I'll find one.
Thank you all so much for your support, thoughts, and prayers....I'm on the boards quite a bit so maybe I can help someone else out like you all have helped me.
I don't blame you as I can't even imagine how that would be. I lost control of my pain this arvo and man if I didn't have endone valium and norgesic along with a heat bag I would have been calling an ambulance because I was in tears as it was. I just overdid my cleaning washing and making my bed, that was enough to send me out of control. I am glad you had some recourse with the doctor. But what a +++++ not being willing to help you now. I am so glad I have a specialist that is willing to help me. He just put me back on the patch and saved me a lot of pain.
I hope you find a good one there.
25-Nov-2010: ALIF fusion L5-S1. 9 years of Chronic lower back pain. Nearly 18 months of pain across my upper pelvis, through my butt and down my left leg into my foot. Sciatica relieved by surgery.
so you got one month's supply of meds but can't see that Doc ever again. Do you think he put marks on your record so other doctors will not take you on ? I mean this happens to EVERYONE where someone takes or we lost our meds at least once. This could have been anyone of US...
Sherrie, I am glad that you did this. I cannot IMAGINE the horrors of coming off those meds cold turkey. LIFE happens. When you have been under someone's care for that long and never been a problem, I think they can do what they want to do.....which means HELP you!
I won't go on and on, but just bless your heart. I am sorry you had to suffer even for ONE day.
You keep looking. Maybe you can find a regular doctor to take you on. I am sorry I don't remember your history, but if this chronic pain is your back, maybe a back doctor would prescribe for you. Just get busy now dear because we know the time goes by really fast. I wish you the best and again, I am so glad you are out of your misery. I took a BIG sigh of relief when I heard you got some medication!!
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