Ok, I looked thru the drug
test section and didn't see an answer to my question. I may have missed it, if so, I apologize.
I am a chronic pain suffer from a car accident over 20 yrs ago. I am in a wheelchair. I have pain in my back where the vertabrae were fused. There is nothing surgically they can do. I have tried therapy and it didn't work, although, I am considering trying it again, because at the time, I was working full time so the working may have made the pain worse.
Anyway, I was on Fentanyl
patches for about 3 years and I would get 30 vicoden per month for breakthru pain. I got very tired of the patches. I was sick of the process of putting them on. When I would scratch them off in the middle of the night or if they would just come off because of sweat I would be forced to go to my doctor and plead for a new patch. Hence, this would make me look like a drug seeker. Because of this, I was referred to a pain clinic. I asked them to step me off the patches and I wanted to try different oral meds and try to treat the pain only when it was too bad for me to handle. Rather than be medicated at all times and the hassle of the patches.
So now I am off Fentanyl
, thank God. And I am on Oxcodone 15mg 3 times per day. It works but I sometimes just have to endure some pain. But I am fine with that.
Recently, I got together with a friend who I hadn't seen in a while and we played wheelchair tennis. At the time, I felt fine and we played pretty agressively, well agressively for me. This was on a Friday afternoon. By Sat morning I was in very bad pain. I took the oxycodone
15mg and it did NOTHING. I didn't want to double dose and certainly didn't want to just wait it out. There was no way I was going to call the clinic on a Sat or go to an ER (as that is part of their rules...don't go to the ER) as really, I feel like I am treated like they think I am a drug addict at the pain clinic as it is. So, I had one 50mcg Fentanyl patch remaining from when I used to be on them. I put it on. It helped immensly and got me thru the rough "patch" (pun intended
) I wore it for 2 days and refrained from taking the oxycodone
during that time. I even tinkered with the idea of going back to fentanyl patches but I just hated the process so much and the fact that I was medicated 24/7. Anyway, finally, Here is my question.
How long will Fentanyl 50mcg stay in my system for a PAIN CLINIC URINE TEST. Not a work drug screen. But the kind of drug urine test that a PAIN CLINIC would administer and NOT the dipstick kind, the kind where they send it to a lab. And trust me, they did because I got a $500 lab bill to prove it. I had to take one about 4 months ago, which was about 3 months into my time at this pain clinic. Gotta love someone who is in obvious pain being forced to PAY to prove they aren't abusing. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty...anyway, a big thanks to everyone who has forced pain clinics to do this, btw.
Here is my reason for asking. I am torn. Part of me says, just tell the Dr what happened and my reasoning for using the patch. BUT, with the set of rules the pain clinic gave me and the way they treat me overall, or at least the way I feel they treat me, I am afraid if I just tell them the truth they will say I violated my contract and boom....I am screwed and in pain for life. The other part of me says, don't say a word. I am not doing this again because for one, I don't even have any patches left and two, I don't want to be labeled an abuser if by chance they did test me. And trust me, I thought about this for about 30 mins of sheer pain before I said screw it and put the patch in question on, I was not going to sit there in pain.
Now I don't know if they plan on doing a drug test any time soon. And most likely, they probably won't, as like I said, I was already tested about 4 months ago. So the odds of them springing a test on me are slim. But I have an appt coming up and I am trying to decide whether I just don't mention it and hope and pray that I don't get tested. Or just tell them and hope and pray they don't just kick me out of the program. Now my heart says that they will understand, but my brain says, its not worth telling them and chancing it if it won't even be an issue.
SO. back to the question. How long does a fentanyl 50mcg patch worn for 2 days stay in your system when taking a PAIN CENTER URINE drug test sent to a LAB.
Sorry if this is rambling but I read the rules
and it says be descriptive, give reasons and so I am trying to be as accurate as possible.
And honestly, and no offense, if your answer is "just tell them, they'll understand" don't bother. I know that is an option, one that I will probably end up going with. I just have to weigh whether telling the truth and POSSIBLY being black listed is worth being honest.
Thanks in advance for you help and answers.
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