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breezy58 posted:
I have been living with chronic pain for a number of years, after seeing a number of different Dr's and going through numerous test there is not anything that can be done, other then take pain meds that at least give me some quality of life back. Now I had to sign a meds contract with my Dr, that I had no problem doing knowing I had nothing to worry about since I Never did any type of drugs other then what what proscribed to me. So feeling confident that I had nothing to worry about, I was sent to the lab to do my first drug test ever. The lab person DREW BLOOD and sent me on my way. The next day I received a call from my Dr's nurse, saying that my test came back showing I had cocaine ans barbituiates in my system. How can this be, I NEVER used any of these things. Angry I argued and said that can not be right. Feeling confused and angry I got on my computer to see what I can do about this, and found articles on false positive results with these drug test, so I called a place that does drug screens and asked them what I could do to prove I never took these drugs an they suggested having a conformation testing done. So I called my Dr and requested this test to be done an he agreed.
Finally the results came in an as I sat in my Dr's office waiting for him, I remember feeling so hurt and angry an disgusted by all this. Wondering how am I to trust these test if this is what happens. My Dr came in and said that everything came back clean that there was nothing in my system. Relieved but yet confused, I asked him how this can happen if I never did the drugs. He told me that sometimes URINE drug test can show a false positive.WAIT he said URINE, I never took a urine test, I told him that they did a blood test on me, NOT URINE, he said he never orders blood drug screens, and said they sent in a urine test. NOT POSSIBLE. but nothing was done about it. That really scared me, there was a mistake with the lab and nobody cared. I switched Dr's and clinics and and again was sent down for a drug test, and again, this person was going to take my blood and I stopped her saying its a URINE test. Now my insurance did not cover the conformation test I requested and it cost me over $2200 to apparently test someone else's urine, and now It almost happened again. We put our trust in the hands of these people to do the right thing, but tell me how I am suppose to trust them when something like this happens not only once but almost twice. That is scary to anyone. We are not only suppose to trust a test that can give false results, but also the people taking them are making mistakes that can hurt us, and how do we fight that. How are we to feel safe an trust what is asked of us to do, when there are mistakes like what happened to me being done.
Part of my pain problem was caused by the mistake of a Dr. And I have to live with that mistake for the rest of my life. How would you feel if this happened to you...What would you do...
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blessedladyptl responded:
The only thing I can think of is ask to see the orders from your dr ordering the lab tests Before anything is done. Also ask your dr if he is ordering a urine or blood test. You may want to google the name of the lab and where you live to see how many other people this has happened to.
 
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77grace responded:
Hi breezy58 ,
Well that would really upset me for sure !!!!I guess you need to check and recheck all the requests for tests and do whatever else you can !I really don't know what else I can say !Hopefully it will never happen again !
77grace
 
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blessedladyptl responded:
In my book not asking questions in situations like this is not a matter of trust it is stupidity. No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes.

A copy of the order for those labs, may or may not be in your medical records. But, the lab results will definitely be in there. If your name isn't on those labs, then they aren't your results. I realize that common sense says the office staff and dr look at the name on the results, but like I said, no one is perfect. The days of patients going to their drs and trusting the dr, their staff and others in the medical field are gone, if the patient is wise.
 
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Peter Abaci, MD responded:
I am so sorry to hear that you had these bad experiences while trying to get help for your chronic pain condition. I thought it might help to give you some perspective from a pain doctor on this.

There has been a lot of mounting pressure on us to do more and more drug testing and screening. This can come from the insurance companies as well as state medical boards. Unfortunately, this all seems to really deflate the compassion and healing aspects of being a doctor. I don't think doctors want to act like policemen with their patients, and I know this is not how I would like to spend my time with my patients. I want my time devoted to transforming lives and getting people healthy and well, not being a drug tester.

I think your frustrating experience probably resonates with a lot of other folks out there, and it speaks to the need for improvements to be made in not only how we manage medications, but the greater need to offer much more than just medication management to those suffering with chronic pain. We need a better system all the way round because we should all be on the same team with this.
 
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An_257359 responded:
I sympathize with you since I have ha similar experience. My doctor retired and the physician who took over his practice did not want to take me on as one of her patients. During my first consultation, this doctor entered the exam room and her first words were about how poorly my doctor had practiced medicine. I could sense what an uncompassionate doctor she was, who was now left to handle my care. My previous doctor, whom was a specialist in gynecological problems, had taken care of me for over 12 years, Although, I have endometriosis, other physicians had diagnosed me with abdominal rsd(aka. crps and abdominal rsd is rare),lower back pain since my late teen years, sciatica, scoliosis, arthritis and fibromyalgia.
My former doctor treated my pain with pain medications. I have never been comfortable with this option, but it has been the only one which has given me some quality of life. Being a mother and wife, I have an obligation to do everything that I can, to be an active parent in their lives. I sacrificed a lot by being on these medications. I had always seen my doctor every 3 months for updates and tests. Not once was there ever a problem. In fact, this doctor is very well respected throughout the United States, as I came to find out when I had traveled to other states to see pain specialists.
Sadly, when he retired I was given the option of choosing one of the two doctors in the practice, who would continue my care. Unfortunately, after I saw the one doctor, she began actions of terminating me as a patient. I was so devastated that I would be treated this way, on top of living such a challenging lifestyle of chronic pain. Currently, I don't have a doctor who can treat my pain. Before, I had relief from pain medication, I had absolutely no quality of life. My greatest fear is loosing my relationship with my children and husband because my pain is so great that I really can't function without medical treatment.
I have my college degree in Health Education with a concentration in Nutrition and Alcohol and Substance Abuse. During my years of study, I've come to realize why patients with real chronic pain issues are at times dismissed by doctors. My conclusion, is that those people who have abused pain medications, have made it extremely difficult for real pain patients to prove themselves.
Due to this doctor, whom judged me without opening my medical file, I'm looking at a life of intolerable pain. If there is anyone who has knowledge of what actions I can take from this point, I would really appreciate your assistance. Thank you for your time.
 
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blessedladyptl replied to An_257359's response:
An_257359, you need to get a copy of your medical records and read exactly what that dr wrote in there regarding why you were dismissed. Then depending on what was written you may or may not be able to find another pain management dr.


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