Unintentional Doctor Shopping? for opiates

Discussion in 'Opiates & Opioids' started by SumoCat, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. SumoCat

    SumoCat Silver Member

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    SWIM's having quite a flare up of what looks to be fibromyalgia. I have a tentative diagnosis from a physician, but hasn't been to a specialist yet.

    I will not be able to see a doctor several days and, when she *is* able to, she will be in another city.

    She's thinking of making a visit to her old doc to see if any relief is available.

    However, she's concerned that if she sees this doc, gets prescribed an opiate, then comes home and finally is able to see a specialist, red flags might be raised in 'new doctor's' mind.

    I haven't taken any opiates in several months and is not looking to doctor shop. She just needs to do something about pain asap.

    How would others approach this? Should SWIM just grin and bear it until she gets to a doctor in her hometown? Or can she go for intermediate relief without fear of an interrogation from a new doc?
    Thanks,
    Sumo
     
    1. 3/5,
      interesting question to pose
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  2. Forthesevenlakes

    Forthesevenlakes Platinum Member

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    mention to the new doc that You will see swiy's normal doctor when You returns home. problem solved, they'll prescribe You less but theres no way You gets taken down for having too many percocet in the pocket or some nonsense. good luck.
     
  3. Fantasian

    Fantasian Gold Member

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    I wouldnt worry about it, your worries are caused by you knowing too much! Imagine that you knew nothing it would seem like quite a viable option. My advice is the same as that of above, tell the new doctor that your planning to return and he'll give you the same dosages but less atual tablets.
     
  4. Nagognog2

    Nagognog2 Iridium Member

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    Bongo used to have severe migraine headaches when he was a young ape. It was genetic - so did his dad and granddad and down the line. Bongo's dad was given demerol for these - which is a powerful narcotic. So the local town doctor prescribed Tylenol 3 for Bongo. They worked as long as he took them as soon as he noted the symptoms. Otherwise Bongo would be too nauseated to hold them down. But then disaster struck.

    The doctor retired, leaving Bongo to go find a new physician. By this time Bongo had long hair and wore a Native American headband. It was part of his culture and Bongo respected this. But the new doctor did not. He flatly refused to prescribe any codeine, or other narcotic, product. He told Bongo's parents that he wanted Bongo (who was now 14 in human years) to take lithium (!) every day for the rest of his life. Bongo had to check into a hospital to have daily blood tests for the first two weeks. Bongo, who was quite astute at 14 about pharmacology, flatly refused this. The doctor wrote a nasty letter to Bongo's parents suggesting that Bongo was a drug addict who did not have migraines. Bongo just wanted DRUGS! A new doctor was tried.

    Bongo was now taken to the head doctor of the Faulkner Hospital Headache Research Center in Boston. There he was seen by a Dr. whose name was similar to Casket. Dr. Graves also did not wish to give this young, filthy Native American hippie narcotics. But he did want to try all sorts of things! Bongo tried 3 of them. On 2, Bongo ended up on the sidewalk unconscious. On the third he ended up vomiting so hard that he couldn't stand up. None of these did a bit of good to stopping the headaches. That ended that. Still Dr. Graves refused to prescribe the Tylenol 3 that had always worked. Bongo, who was incapacitated for about 2 days out of the week from migraines, was still untreated.

    Finally, after a year of spending days either hunched over the sink in agony or ending up in a hospital for a shot of demerol, he saw a new doctor. This one was the worst. He immediately asked, looking at Bongo's long hair, if Bongo had ever heard of marijuana. Bongo said he had. The doctor then demanded Bongo bend over. The doctor stuffed his finger up Bongo's asshole and then told Bongo to leave his office with a prescription for penicillin. Bongo asked why he needed the penicillin. Dr. Asshole told Bongo it was none of his business. Bongo was to take it!

    A letter soon arrived to Bongo's parents. It stated that Bongo was obviously a marijuana-addict and, as such, had a venereal disease. All marijuana-addicts have a venereal disease. So it must be made sure Bongo took all his penicillin. The letter then went on to state that Bongo would best be placed into a secure psychiatric hospital for chronic psychotics. All marijuana-addicts suffer from this affliction and must be institutionalized. Bongo neither took the penicillin, or moved to Happy Valley.

    More years passed and, finally, a new doctor moved into town. Bongo saw this guy with extreme doubt - to put it mildly. No more would Bongo hold back. Bongo read the new doctor the riot act, telling the doctor to either give him the needed Tylenol 3 - or fuck off!

    Bongo got his Tylenol 3 whenever he wanted it. About 10 years later his migraines went away - as they had for his dad and granddad. Bongo was glad to be done with those. Until he got another family inheritence...but that's another story!

    So it really depends on the attitude and reason behind the attitude. When Bongo had treated doctors like they always knew better - they shit on him. When Bongo told the doctor to go fuck himself if he intended to crap on Bongo - Bongo prevailed. It all depends on the situation.
     
  5. Benzeneringz

    Benzeneringz Titanium Member

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    If the pain is real and persistant, you are not doctor shopping. You are simply trying to manage your pain. If your new doctor isn't an idiot, he should see it that way too. I can totally see where your fears are founded. Doctors can be so strange when it comes to controlled substances, expecially opiates. Some doctors like to hand them out as if they were candy and some doctors fear them and their users like the plague.
     
  6. SumoCat

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    Thanks for all the responses so far, guys. I feel better. It is true that I have heard too much..too many horror stories. She has known others with chronic pain conditions who have gone through all manner of nonsense with docs.

    While SWIM appreciates the occasional recreational effects of meds, she's just looking to break the pain cycle. Unfortunately, other meds she's on bar her from taking Tylenol, Ultram, etc..So, its down to way too much Ibuprofen and Aleve right now, which an opiate could help cut back on. Ya know, keep the internal organs from getting pissed ;)
    -Sumo