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05/29/2010 12:03 AM

accused of drug seeking

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hi i am new to the site. I have very severe IBS that has horrible spasms in the bowel and fibromyalgia. I hurt my back in april and have been in agony ever since. The MRI showed a bulging disc and I am having horrible pain shooting down my leg. I can barely walk. Anyway the pain sometimes gets so bad I cant stand it and I have to go to ER which I hate because apparently if you have chronic health issues you also must be a drug addict anyone else have those experiances.

05/29/2010 07:58 AM
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Hello dascoli,

Welcome to the group. I haven't had this problem but I do know that different people here have so hopefully they will see your post on join in.

This is a wonderfull group with some awesome people who are always here to offer help and support. Take Care!


05/29/2010 10:59 AM
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Kardie is so right - there are wonderful people on this site and we are all here for you. Feel free to vent or ask questions any time. I hope things get better for you soon!! mindyc

05/29/2010 01:01 PM
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-It is very normal for dr.'s to suspect pain patients of just coming for the meds.

-Going to the ER is not a great idea unless you are desperate. It is important to have a regular pain management dr. managing your care and then things should be better.

06/05/2010 08:08 AM
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It's not your fault that you're in pain and that you're going down to the ER because you're suffering so badly, but it's not the doctor's fault for assuming the worst about how you're just one more person looking for drugs.

This whole drug abuse problem has created a living nightmare for people like you, but it's not a problem that's going to somehow just go away.

Because of the extreme profitability in drugs such as OxyContin, doctors have every right to ask if the patient is suffering with real pain or if they're just trying to come up with an easier way of making a living. My medications have a street value of over 6 grand a month, so any doctor who isn't asking if the patient is in physical pain or financial is irresponsible.

With the kind of painful damage you have, you need on going pain management with a pain specialist who knows your medical background and you personally. As we build these trusting relationships over time, our doctors know we're not out looking for our next "high" "hit" or way to fatten our wallet. They're caring for your pain based off of real damage and injury.

Doctor's are under intense scrutiny as their medical records are closely analyzed by outside eyes why they're writing each and every prescription and it's only through detailed documentation of the patient that they're able to justify why they're giving the help they are.

If we ever can take the profitability out of drug abuse, the problem of doctors being so terrified of writing out harder hitting medications will ease up, but as long as a person can make a better living selling drugs then they can working 8 to 5, this problem won't be going away.

Get with a pain doctor you can trust. Let time build the relationship and you'll find your suffering will ease - it just takes time. Best of luck, Bob.

06/06/2010 06:23 AM
Posts: 126

I, too, had a bad experience with an ER doc. I was seeing a doctor in the hospital clinic for all my many medical issues. Was waiting on approval for an MRI of my spine. One night the pain suddenly got worse- and I lost the use of my right leg and bladder function. My doctor was out of town for a long weekend and my husband knew it was an emergency so took me to the ER. The idiot doctor there got my medical records from the clinic but still wanted me to get up and touch my toes, etc. I wasn't there for pain meds- had a script from my doctor even though they weren't touching the kind of pain I was in. He wouldn't even do an xray and sent me home with a script for some kind of steroid for siatica! I lay in the most miserable pain you can imagine in my floor all weekend until Tuesday when I got back in to my doctor. He was very angry at the way I'd been treated. The MRI showed a complete collapse of my lower spine- bone on bone. The hospital got angry letter from me and my doctor almost got fired over his angry words about it.

As long as there are drug- seekers out there, we will never get the care we need in an ER. Please find a pain management clinic- it's your best option. Thanks to my ER doc, I have permanent nerve damage to my body from the waist down. Don't let this lack of care happen to you. Have a good pain management doc you can get into for tests when the pain is bad. There is a bit of a drawback even to these clinics. Thet, too treat you like a drug addict. At mine have to do regular drug tests because even at these clinics they have drug seekers. But as long as you are following the doc's prescribed pain management plan, you'll have no problems.

Wishing you all the best,


06/06/2010 11:18 AM
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Mine also does UA's some of the Dr's in the group actually count your meds at each visit to make sure you are taking them as perscribed. I don't blame them as they have to be help accountable to the DEA. I don't care if they do count or ask for UA's as long as they treat the pain. That keeps the DEA happy and me with pain management. I am so sorry K that your lack of treatment caused such long term and painful consequenses. Going to the ER is my very last choice and that is only if my pain Dr is not able to respond to a phone call.


06/08/2010 07:22 AM
Posts: 149

It is so frustrating. I want to just drop trou and say "Look at my scars! I hurt. You don't know me." "You don't know me." is kind of my mantra when I stare down someone who's giving me the stink-eye when I pull into a disabled parking spot. They don't usually stick around, but those who do, it's satisfying when their faces fall when I get out of my car with my cane...

06/08/2010 08:15 AM

Hey jrauls

Its hard enough being in pain and having to drive yourself to the E.R

I do understand how frustrating it is when you are checked out in the carpark to see if you qualify for that handicapped spot and how satisfying it is to see there faces when they see your cane.

My son is mentally disabled he has always been very tall for his age when he was three years old throwing tantrums in the stores like every other child only he looked about six I would get the looks from people and the loud comments if that was my child and they would follow up on what they would do!

It was hard he was none verbal and sometimes for the best part I would just say you know he is only three and they would be apolagetic but then there were times when you just get so fed-up explaining yourself

I got really good at giving a"LOOK" back it was so much better then there look and my words were;

DO you have a Problem! that worked too there are always going to be people who are just out to be annoying we just have to do are best to try not to let them ruin are day.

Post edited by: ladyjane, at: 06/08/2010 08:19 AM

06/08/2010 09:20 AM
Posts: 42

Sorry, but when it comes down to the need for handicap parking spaces, didn't you know that it's based more off the value of your car than the physical inabilities of the owner? I've watched and learned that the higher your car payments are, the easier it is to get a handicap placard.

To my own disappointment, I have had a few instances where I've had little meltdowns as I watch people running in and out of a business after jumping out of their E class Mercedes, 7 series BMW or an SUV so huge they couldn't park it in a normal width parking place. Some of my first apartments had less total square footage than some of these monster SUV's have. Please tell me they really do have 11 kids at home and that's why they've chosen a vehicle so big it could squash me like a bug if we had an accident.

One last question, why do people who go walking out at the mall each day so they can have a healthier heart always take the best parking places right up front close to the building so they don't have to walk so far to get inside thus leaving me with the only option of parking way out in left field so I can make sure I've got the extra room I need for when I lower my wheelchair ramp? It's when I'm at the grocery store or post office this happens most often. How about you?


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