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Changing pain management doctors
itreallyhurts posted:
Hello all, it has been awhile since I posted, but have been in many crisis. First of all I had a provider that was helping me out with the house cleaning, cooking, etc, when I found that I was missing 8 of my Oxycontin 40mg. I did not suspect it was here being that I did not see her take it, but she was where the medication was stored (in the bathroom) for a long time the last day she worked for me. Anyway, I knew that was going to make me short, so I had to call the Dr's office and let them know what happened. They told me to call police and get a police report and a case number. I did all that expecting to get the 8 that was missing replaced. The Dr. said no. This man has no compassion whatsoever. I went through some withdrawals, even though I had a pain pump, my body is tolerant to the morphine. I have had the pain pump for almost 2 years now. The nurse told me that if I was to change Dr's within the same group that if that Dr. did not take me, I would not be guaranteed that my original Dr. would take me back. I was in shock. I am the victim here. Don't you think? I need some advice on what to do. Please if anybody has gone through this situation then email me or post it. Thank you, Dwayne, Texas :smile:
_swank_ responded:
Did you sign a pain contract? Most all of them will say that doctors will not replace lost or stolen medication. That's the way it is because for everyone that is telling the truth there are five more that aren't. Doctors have no way of knowing who's lying, which is why they have you sign a contract. You can change doctors all you want but it's likely the next one will be no different. From now on, lock up your meds. Also, never ever tell anyone you take them or you're just asking for trouble. That includes friends and relatives.
annette030 responded:
The episode is over now, I would do what I could to prevent it from happening again. All pain mad contracts I have seen say that lost or stolen pills will not be replaced. Never keep your meds in the bathroom. That is the first place people go to steal them. Besides the heat and the moisture in the air is bad for meds. I don't even keep over the counter pills there. You should always keep your meds in a locked box, and hide the box somewhere where visitors do not go like your bedroom closet. It is better to have them stolen than to have a visiting child take them and die. Changing doctors within the same group probably would not change anything, most group practices have the same rules set up for everyone in the group. If you have not had any problems with this doctor in the past, I would just go on with him. This incident will show him that you can be trusted, you got a police report, and carried on through the time you were out of meds. If you feel strongly that you want to change doctors, I would make appts. with a couple of options (outside of the present group practice) and see them in person prior to alerting the present doctor that you may be switching. If you find a good doctor for you, then you can notify the old doctor. If you don't, no harm done, and no hurt feelings. Take care, Annette
dallison78228 responded:
Thanks Annette for that good information. I was keeping my meds in the bathroom medicine cabinet and I can see how the moisture and the heat could make them not work as well. I appreciate the fact that you said that I could see another pain specialist outside my practice, but my insurance only covers that particular group. They have about 9 doctors in that group. There are plenty other pain medicine docs, but my insurance won't cover any others. Do you have any pointers on getting around that. I have a Humana HMO which is a Medicare Advantage Plan. Do you think they would cover a second opinion to an outside physician? Let me know what you think, and thanks for responding back so soon. You were right the pain contract that I looked up does say that they do not cover lost or stolen medication, neither does not my insurance company. I finally get them tomorrow. Thank you Jesus. I have had some withdrawals and major pain, so hopefully with a lock box, this won't happen again. Thanks again, Dwayne, TX
jesssmith26 responded:
I'm sorry but i can't say that i relate to the problem because this has never happened to me but i do now that to have someone that was there to help you and take care of you steal something that would help your quality of life must have felt like a huge betrayal. Did they ever find out if she did it or not? I also know what it feels like to try and get the doctors to listen or help you and to be told that there isn't anything they can do about it. I've been trying to get some sort of pain relief for two months now and they keep throwing anti depressants at me. Thankfully you'll have some relief tomorrow. Good luck.
annette030 responded:
Sorry, I don't know anything about individual insurance companies and policies. All you can do is call the insurance company and ask them if they cover a second opinion outside that group. Take care, Annette

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