ann1163, Your dr wouldn't lose his license to prescribe these meds just because someone reported him to the medical board. When a complaint is made to the medical board, it is investigated to determine if disciplinary action is indicated. The medical board investigators go on hard evidence, not just what someone says. I'm sure you were told this was the reason for your dr losing his license, but it does not make sence that this was the reason/only reason for it. You don't have to see a pain management dr for your chronic pain. But, as a new patient, it will be very difficult if not impossible to find a dr who is not a pain dr that will treat a new patient for chronic pain. You also need to be aware that depending on the actual reasons your dr lost his license, you may or may not be able to find another dr, pain dr or pcp, that will to treat your chronic pain. If a dr loses his license because he overprescribed or he wasn't as careful as he should have been when treating these patients other drs may view all of this drs chronic pain patients as possible problems and not accept them as patients.
19611976, A dr doesn't just put that in a patients medical records. Have you gotten copies of your medical records from this dr and read exactly what he wrote ? If not, you need to. If a dr writes this in a patients medical records, they state why the believe this. For example, "pt is abusing abc based on other providers prescribing abc as indicated in PMP database. I will no longer prescribe abc or similar to this patient." Or something similiar. If you aren't looking for pain meds, when a new dr tell you they won't prescribe any, just say that's fine because that is not what you are there for. Normally, you can ask a dr to correct mistakes they have entered in your medical records. If they refuse to, you can have your own statement put in your medical records. Although there is no way of knowing how another dr may view this.
An_259590,, Voiding the pain contract depends on the dr. With some, you can write a letter and tell them that you are changing pain drs and need to void your signature/pain contract. With others the fact that you're seeing another dr for pain management voids the contract. Noone is going to look at the pain contract with pain dr #1, unless you go for an office visit or call about getting a prescription, etc. Since these Pain Contracts are not Law and are not a legal requirement, there are no actual rules/laws for voiding them. I would recommend that before you sign a pain contract with a new dr, that you mention to him that you signed one with your previous pain dr and you aren't sure about how to go about voiding it.
You have the right to privacy when it comes to your medical treatment. But, that doesn't mean that your providers can't discuss you, your medical treatment, diagnosis etc with other health professionals. And as I said earlier, this is something that you generally agree to when you fill out New Patient Forms. But, because it is included with other forms and there is nothing significant to make it standout the majority of patents aren't even aware they have signed them. You also give permission for your providers to release some, if not all of the same info to your insurance company. Although this is usually listed under authorization of payment info. It is always a good idea to ask for a copy of everything you've signed.View Thread
In reality, you don't have to sign this for your dr to be able to do these things. When you fill out the forms when you become a new patient you sign a statement giving your dr permission to discuss with other health care professionals your treatment, diagnosis, ect. Very few people even pay attention to these forms because they are in with the forms you sign giving permission for your insurance company to have Personal Health Information in order for the dr to be paid.
When it comes to the part about law enforcement, again that isn't needed if illegal activity is suspected. Your state has a Prescription Monitoring Program that keeps track of certain controlled substances. The PMP database has among other info, your name, the prescriptions you've gotten filled for certain classes of meds, the name of the dr who write the rx, the name of the med, strength, number of doses, refills if any, how long the rx should last you and in some states the method you used to pay for the rx. Physicians, their authorized represebtaive & pharmacists have access to this info as well as certain other individuals. In some states law enforcement, your states dept of health & hospitals and others have access to this info without having to go through the courts. These contract have become standard in pain management. You don't have to sign them. But, if you don't, your dr won't rx you any pain meds.
nickileed, I know several women who have had the movement in the stomach that is similiar to that of a baby, but there is no baby. It is just for a few seconds and it can be seen and felt on the outside of the stomach, almost like when you're pregnant. It ia gas. I know that your first reaction is to say no it's not like that. But, I've seen and felt this when it has happened to several friends of mine. It is just like what happens when a baby moves when you're pregnant. It seems to require a combination of different factors that aren't always present. Some people also have severe gas pains. So it is possible that the pain you feel could also be gas. You may want to see a Gastroenterologist. They specialize in Digestive Disorders. I know it seems like it couldn't be something so simple and everyday as gas. But, often things that ail us are more everyday and common than we realize. The fear of not knowing what it is and worrying can make things worse than they are.View Thread
An_259571, developing a tolerance to the meds usually happens and they often need to be increased for you to receive the same amount of pain relief as before. But, that has caused a lot of problems.Meds can only be increased to a point. That is why so many drs are decreaseing their patients pain meds. They are also recommending that chronic pain patients use non medication forms of pain management to help manage their pain along with the lower dose of meds. Things like biofeedback, accupuncture, seeing a psychologist who specializes in chronic pain patients, etc. We have to realize that we will never be pain free. We have to adjust our lifestyle. We may not want to, but we have to. You aren't alone in your pain meds not being increased affecting you this way, and there are more and more every day.View Thread
coloradovet, unfortunately, they wouldn't react to this "the only thing they will react to is my dead body and then only if I leave a note that points a finger at them." What they would say would be "see we said he wasn't really in pain. He wanted the pain meds because he had other issues and didn't want to get treatment for.them" If anyone thinks that doing something like above will make the ones who said no to pain meds realize they were wrong, they are wrong. They will find a way to be right and for the actions that chronic pain patient took to prove it.View Thread
It appears that most, if not all pharmacys, are not going to go by federal law regarding if a rx is written before Oct 6 and has refills. On the other hand, it is up to each pharmacist if they want to fill or refill a rx. I have a feeling this is going to get interesting.View Thread
CORRECTION On Refills Written Before October 6 If you have a rx that is written before October 6, 2014, you can get the refills as long as it is Before April 8, 2015. Go to the link below and scroll to VII. Requirements for Handling HCPs, then go to Prescriptions.
Dave, I'm glad you're doing well on what you're taking. People don't realize that they can't continue to increase these strong pain meds indefinately. When they get to a certain point and they can't get the relief they are use to and the drs can't increase the meds, they blame the drs.
Even with all of the publicity this New Law has received, I have a feeling it is going to catch a lot of patients off guard. If I'm right, we should see in increase in posts about what will then be required to get these meds.View Thread
This is s reminder that Hydrocodone Combination Medications like Lortab, Norco, Vicodin, cough meds, ect will be moved from Schedule III to Schedule II October 6, 2014. That is in 10 days. There will be no refills, no calls in and you must see your dr at least once every 90 days. A dr can write 3-30 day rxs, but few choose to do this. If you have a rx with refills on it for one of these, you will not be able to get the refills after Oct 6. And some pharmacies aren't refilling the weekend before. This will be Federal Law Oct. 6, 2014.