I take oxycodone and I have tested negative every time I have taken a drug test used by an employer. I have even taken meds a couple hours before a test and tested negative. However, my doctor sends the urine out to a lab to be tested and it is very thorough. Apparently I "passed" because he has never said otherwise and in the last couple years he has started testing at every visit. The tests they do at the lab are very expensive. If your doctor is testing for oxycodone then you can be reasonably certain that the test he uses is going to test for it.
If you're running out of meds early then that is going to be a problem. Then he can correctly assume that you are taking more than prescribed. At the very least, you need to take your meds before your doctor's visit.View Thread
Generally, your doctor is not the one that reads the MRI first and writes a report. Places that do MRIs have a radiologist. They are the experts at reading the the images and they write a report that gets sent to the doctor. You can, and should get a copy of the MRI on a DVD and also get the report from the place that did the MRI.
My doctor will always tell me to get a copy of the MRI and bring it to my follow-up appointment so he can look at it also.
It is up to you to make sure all these things are discussed before you allow someone to stick a needle into your spine. You have the right to refuse treatment. If you don't understand it then don't do it!View Thread
I agree with Annette 100%. If you don't tell people about your issues and what meds you're on they won't treat you like scum. I also only discuss things with my husband. Not even my closest friends or family know that I take pain meds. My employer is also clueless. My pain meds allow me to work full-time and despite having some painful days, I have never missed a day of work due to pain.View Thread
Why would you even tell your "Popinlaw" when your appointments are scheduled? I agree with Annette. You don't need to tell your relatives anything about your medical business. My family and friends are totally clueless when it comes to my issues.View Thread
There are some valid reasons why doctors do drug screening. You don't need to worry about "false positives". You want your drug test to show positive for the drug you are taking. My doctor requires me to make an office visit every 3 months. The drug tests are paid for by my insurance company 100%. I just have to pay my usual copay. If you don't like going every month then find a doctor that only requires visits every 3 months or less.
The tests can be expensive if they are sent out to a lab. Not so much if they are done in-house.View Thread
Physical therapy after a TKR is painful. However, that doesn't mean you can't tell them you want to stop. Speak up and communicate with the therapist. Don't let them do anything that you don't want them to do.View Thread
My employer knows nothing about my pain or the medication I take. It is none of their business. Any drowsiness or side effects I had at the beginning are long gone. I don't worry about my meds effecting my performance and I rarely miss work, even if I'm in pain.
That being said. No employer is going to keep someone that misses work 3-4 days a month. If you seriously think a building you design is going to collapse then you should probably do something else.View Thread
There are things that can be done about a torn meniscus. You mentioned your doctor "thinks" it's a torn meniscus. That means he does not "know". An MRI can confirm what he thinks and/or find something else that's wrong. An MRI is not that big of a deal but if you don't plan on following any treatment plan then there's no point in it. If you want to know what's wrong with your knee then an MRI is your best choice. The only other way to know for sure is arthroscopic surgery.View Thread
I agree with the other posts. I believe it's her own doctors that failed her. I work in a doctor's office and if someone comes in with abdominal pain or some such we write the orders for an ultrasound or whatever and send them to an imaging center ourselves. If there is something wrong then we send them to the hospital to be admitted, not the ER. If we do send them to the ER we call ahead and also send along records with the patient.View Thread
Chronic knee pain isn't a disease so if you have pain then it means something is wrong. The first thing you have to do is find out what that is. If you haven't been to an orthopedic surgeon then that's what you do next. If you have then gather all your records and go to another one. Not everything can be seen in an MRI. Sometimes diagnostic arthroscopic surgery is the only way to see what's going on in your knee.View Thread