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I have been seeing my pain management doctor for a while now. I started off taking Hydrocodone, now I am on Roxicodone. I had my appointment for refill today, and he came in, refilled my medication, and dropped me. I had been in so much pain the previous month, that I ran out of my meds a week early. The problem is, is that after I ran out of my Roxicodone, I had a few Hydrocodone left over and took some of those. Needless to say, he found the Hydrocodone in my system......so he dropped me. Now I don't know what on Earth to do! He refilled my medication for one more month, but now I have to find another doctor. I need advice from someone who has been in my position at one point in time on where to go from here. Am I going to be able to be accepted by another pain doc now that I messed this up??? And if so, are they going to be willing to help me as much as he did??? Please HELP!!!! Thank you!

NikkiLee asked this
June 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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Nikki-

That's a tough one. :/ This situation sounds REALLY stressful and I wish I had more advice to offer you. What's causing your pain problems? I'm sorry you're dealing with that!

Painkiller dependence is a real concern for anyone taking them. Painkillers aren't like the "scary" drugs cocaine or heroin. They're prescribed by a doctor so people think they're safe, but they can be every bit as addictive. Further, taking more than your prescribed amount or combining painkilling treatments can heighten your risk of dependence. Because of this, doctors do have to be really careful. If they are found to be knowingly supplying a painkiller addict, they can lose their right to practice.

I can't say for sure, but I have a feeling that the next doctor you see will probably take this incident into consideration and prescribe medicines or treatments with a lower risk of dependence, just to be safe - for both themselves and for you. I imagine that the idea of changing treatments must have you frightened you won't get the relief you need, but you may be surprised. There has been a LOT of success with natural pain relief treatments.

One that I would strongly recommend is actually guided visualization. The mind has an incredible influence over the body - especially when it comes to pain. I even used a visualization technique to help me through labor with my daughter - about as painful an experience as exists - and it really, REALLY helped.

Others include massage, reiki, water therapy, heat therapy and supplements.

Stay strong! -Erin

Erin Froehlich answered
June 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM
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