Hi, for the past 3-4 years I was under pain management care for extremely severe headaches due to there just not being any other option. This past February at the end of the month 3 days before my refill was due my doctor just suddenly up and quit practicing medicine without giving anyone any kind of notice at all. The practice he was part of had another doctor there do my refills and told me that I would need to make an appointment with one of the other doctors to continue my pain management care.
So I scheduled an appointment for as soon as possible (Mar. 12th) with another doctor there. A week before my appointment I received a letter stating that I was being dropped as a patient from the practice completely. Let me also state for the record that I had been a patient there for 11 years and never caused any kind of problems. Never once did I do anything wrong in regards to my pain management care. My record with them was spotless. When they dropped me. I was given no reason and more importantly they did not give me one single referral. I also was charged $200 to receive my medical records.
At the time I was released I had a little over 2 weeks of my medications left and did my best to taper down. When I was out of medication I went through horrible withdrawal but managed to do it on my own without going to a medical facility. I am unable to function because of my pain. When I say that I mean that the pain is so severe my days consist of me barely being able to get out of bed and move to a chair in my living room. I did work as a freelance photographer and since the unexpected ceasing of my care I've had to cancel photo shoots and have been unable to work at all. I also have to bite down on something when I take a shower. Just to keep from screaming out in pain and disturbing the neighboring apartments. I got engaged back in September and I fear that my circumstances are putting pressure on my relationship that will end up destroying it.
What can I do in this situation? Is there any type of program that advocated for chronic pain patients in situations like these? Is there any action I can take legally? My quality of life is completely gone. I am unable to even enjoy a tv show because I'm constantly being tortured by the pain. I had a beautiful life ahead of me but now that life is more like a prison sentence.View Thread
Unfortunately my primary care physician was the doctor who was doing my pain management. The soonest I was able to get in with another primary care physician was April 10th and he was a resident. I have another appointment with him on June 7th. Apparently though I have to see their pain psychologist for evaluation before they would even begin any type of pain management care. So I have to wait a month and then I have to wait again to get in to see their pain psychologist and then I have to wait again to get into see my pcp again. There is only one pain clinic local to me and I was referred there already over two years ago but all the doctor would do is recommend a couple things for my pcp to try with me. I have to get a referral to even schedule another appointment there but despite calling to get my pcp to do he hasn't even responded for 2 weeks.
I have a metabolization/absorption issue with the medications also. My doctor placed me on Dilaudid and it took 20mg for me just to feel some relief. He brought me in one morning to take a 20mg dose and they tested my blood about an hour after at the peak plasma level time and the levels in my blood weren't anywhere close to what they should be. So he put me on Dilaudid 20mg four times a day plus Oxycodone 20mg four times a day. So because of this absorption problem my monthly prescriptions were very large (600 4mg Dilaudid & 240 10mg Oxycodone tablets). Even though I have the documented results from the blood test he did and also a genetics test done to show the cytochrome issue I have, doctors are obviously scared of those numbers despite the fact that I had been on them for 2 years and had no problems whatsoever.View Thread