originally posted by: Kangaruex4Ewe
At the pain management clinic, I have to do urine samples and pill counts. It sucks that everything has to be so complicated because a few abuse
anything they can get their hands on.
wow. i have heard people say this before. maybe its because you go to a clinic?
i take some serious meds every month. oxycontin and roxicodone among others. i have never had to take a drug test and have never been called in for a
count. i am getting ready to go to trial for a neuro stimulator too.
the laws make it tough though.
i see my doc once a month. i get my paper scripts for the meds that will last the month.
they all get filled on different dates but i get a months worth every time i go.
thats not a huge deal but my doc is about 20 miles away. over the course of her treating me over almost 2 years she has switched my meds around and
given me different meds before. either at my request or because insurance didnt want to pay. thats where it starts to suck.
for example... we wanted to try fentanyl patches some months back. she wrote me the script for it and did not write me the script for anything else. i
go to the pharmacy and the insurance wont pay for it. so now all of a sudden i have no meds.
as it is it is hard to get the docs office on the phone. my doc keeps short hours and is only in the office a couple days a week cause she does
something for the hospital. even if i could get them on the line in that situation its not like the doc can just fax over a script for something else
or send it over the net.
i have to drive 20 miles back to get another script.
things like that dont happen too often but when they do its hard to deal with.
you have to keep in mind that there is no room for error with these meds.
i take 3 different kinds of meds that i would get seriously sick from if i didnt have even for a day.
another thing is most pharmacies wont even give you information on those kinds of meds over the phone. for example if you get a new script for some
kind of oxy good luck calling the pharmacy to see if they stock it and how much it costs cause they wont tell you.
i understand to a point why they do this. i take other meds from the same doctor that are on a different schedule and she just sends them over the
net. when i leave her office with the roxicodone and oxycontin she has already sent over another med and it will be ready for me when i get there.
why cant the doc just send them all over the net?
seems more convenient for everyone and safer.
i mean with a paper script i could lose it. someone could steal it.
i think lots of what ifs.
if it is sent over the net though they would be able to see what doctor sent it to what pharmacy and when.
even with the refills. i dont understand it.
i cant get 3 refills on one script but i can get 3 different prescriptions all with a months worth of meds....
i understand that people abuse these meds and doctor shop but people also need these meds and follow the rules. it does not seem like much but these
little things add up and make it more difficult for someone already in pain.
i can get most of mine filled only 1 day early. i get why they do that but i wish i could get them filled a few days early. this has only happened a
couple times but i have gone to get my new script filled 1 day early and the pharmacy will be out of the medicine and now i have to wait 3 days which
means i will be 2 days without the meds. that means i will be in more pain and i will be getting sick. if i had filled it a few days or a week early i
would either have the meds cause they filled them or they would have known they were out of the meds days before and had a chance to order in more
before i run out.
see what i mean?
not everyone thinks about the little bs but it makes a difference.
so far though almost 2 years in and i have not had to come in for a single pill count or take a drug test. i did however have to sign a contract
saying i would only get meds from her and would not do any illicit drugs.
i dont understand the logic behind some of these rules. i know they need to cut down on illicit use but not letting my doc send in a script over the
net does not make sense.
what could go wrong with that? they get an e script, fill it, i go in and give my b day and get meds.
with me actually having a paper script i think all kinds of things could go wrong.
one more thing that i think could be done and should be done.
when i go pick up my meds all they ask for is my date of birth. when i get my wifes meds they ask for her date of birth.
so, anyone that knows out date of birth can go in and pick up our stuff.
i think we should have to show ID and i think that i should have say 2 people besides myself listed that could pick up my meds for me with ID. that
way if i was in a pain situation and couldnt get to the pharmacy i could send say my wife or my mother but thats it.
that seems like something they could do that wouldnt make it more difficult on the patient and would actually help.
what do you think?