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06/08/2008 08:56 PM

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Wolfpack
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I have been diagnosed with Fibro for almost 2 decades but the last 4-5 years it has gotten unbearable. When I don't take my pain meds, which I hate to take because they put me in a fog, I'm in such excruciating pain I frequently end up screaming and in tears. Also, I have never taken my meds wrong, but I've been reading withdrawal symptoms from not taking them and wonder if the pain is from withdrawal from taking it for so long or the fibro itself. I have to get off of the pain meds all the time. I just can't take being on them all the time but I'm in so much severe pain I can't function. I don't feel I can talk to my doc about this because I'm afraid if I bring up a potential problem with the pain meds, I'll be taken off of them completely and have no option of relief ever. Is anyone going through this. How do you get through hours and a day of this constant pain. It makes me cranky and depressed and I just want to die (not a suicide threat, just how I feel.)

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06/08/2008 09:04 PM
booklady14
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First of all: welcome to our fibro/family! I am so sorry for what you are goin through. You certainly came to the best site I believe for fibro information. Just jump right in, asking questions talking with others on their posts, read the old logs. We try to each teach and learn from the new. So just make youself at home. Again, welcome, kathy,

06/08/2008 09:05 PM
Mydragonfly
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Sometimes addiction to pain meds is one of the things we have to learn to deal with. I have come to terms with the fact that I would rather be medicaly nessesarily addicted to pain meds rather than in unberable pain. That is something that was not easy for me to come to terms with.

I have also had to get my pain meds changed every so many months because they just dont work anymore or they start to make me even sicker.

dragonfly


06/09/2008 01:19 AM
Fletch2ya
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HI... I have an idea and was wondering what you all thought about a word change..... we so much of the time talk about be addicted to a med.... well that really sounds bad...... Can we try to us the word "dependent", our bodies are dependent on this medication..... I just hate the word addicted...I know that is really what it is....but it makes us sound like some back alley junkie........ And we are not..... we are people who are in such pain that we need help from the medical community and meds. to relief that pain.....and try to hve normal lives....... I just wanted to run that by you all and see what you think...

Craig

PS. and if you ask your doctor about that I will almost bet he will tell you you are dependent on the med..... not addicted.....for the same reasons....

my prayers and thoughts are with you all...

Post edited by: Fletch2ya, at: 06/09/2008 01:21


06/09/2008 01:34 AM
malaluka
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Ockay dependent works for me don't like the thought of back alleys. malaluka

06/09/2008 03:46 AM
Wolfpack
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My General Physician got reminded through a breach of confidentiality that my hubby and I are on oxy and he told us we were both heroin junkies and has sent us letters of abandonment refusing to see us any more. Every month I go for my oxy from my specialist he asks if I'm "addicted" tells me there's a high likelihood I'll get "addicted" and tells me he's worried that I'll get "addicted." He breaches confidentiality all the time with other Dr.'s telling them I'm on the meds like calling my G.P. while I'm in the office and saying once he's already on the phone "you don't mind if I talk to him do you," and then starts discussing my life history. There are no other Specialists in the area that will even prescribe oxy. I've been all over my area. Being told I was a "heroin junkie" by my G.P. and now being discharged from his care by way of a 2 paragraph letter after a 14 YEAR+ relationship is the most insulting of all. This G.P. knew our financial situation and wasn't charging us co-pays to see him. Now my hubby and I can't afford to go to a regular Dr. unless it's that or the E.R.

Signed,

Hurt and frustrated


06/09/2008 05:02 AM
Mydragonfly
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I feel that what he has done is wrong. I would suggest looking into legal aid and letting them know what he has done. You might even think about contacting the AMA.

This is my thoughts on the situation. To me it sounds like defromation of charictor (sp).

I am interested in what others think.

dragonfly


06/09/2008 05:52 AM
Fletch2ya
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HI... I agree there is something wrong with a DR sending a patient like that ....Slander comes to mine... I would see an attorney......

That really stinks for any doctor to do that and hamper any hope that you might have for fair treatment by any Doctor following that..

Craig


06/09/2008 07:01 AM
mamanordy

If you sign a form when you first go to the doctor, it may have said it was ok for him to talk to your other doctors without breaking the privacy law.

I dont know why he would have prescribed it for you and then acted this way. It sounds like he wants you to maybe go to a pain specialist. Has he suggested any other treatment and you didnt do it? Doctors are funny that way. I worked for them for over 20 years and I have seen it all.


06/09/2008 07:23 AM
Fletch2ya
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HI...mamanordy...you might be right...... but if that were the case would he have not just refered her to one.... and you as so right Doctors are funny..... I had one tell my girl friend to dump me.... honest... to dump me because I was such a mess.......

I think any doctor that would call somebody a heroin junkie, without drug testing and blood test to confirm it....has a screw loose..... This is a case like I have posted before... where doctors should police there own..... so that the public are not victimized by them and there would be no reason for a law suit..... If another doctor saw this letter and knew it was not true, the he should report that doctor to what ever is the governing body that is in control of doctors.....

I really don't know ....

Craig...

Post edited by: Fletch2ya, at: 06/09/2008 07:24

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