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I feel hideous (canadian scorp)
March 27, 2008
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Sitting here in tears, in physical pain, only having slept about four hours the last few nights.

I've been on heavy-duty pain medication for several years, 30 mg/day of sustained-release morphine. It really hasn't done much to help my chronic back pain, and I was having terrible side effects from it, so back in February my doctor decided to try me on methadone instead. It hasn't helped much, either, and I still had the side effects that the doctor said would go away. The doctor insists I come in every month for my prescription.

My job had a "realignment" a few weeks ago which meant a major shift change, so I couldn't schedule a doctor appointment without knowing what my new shift would be. By the time I found out what my schedule was, it was almost time for a medication refill. When I called the doctor's office, the receptionist was really snotty and told me I'd just have to wait until April 2nd to get in because I should have known to set up my appointment several weeks in advance. She told me there was no way they could fit me in, even after I told her it was my pain medication which was needed, and that the doctor would not call in my prescription. She suggested I take tylenol.

The medication has run out by now and I am on my days off, having suffered through a couple of days of worse-than-normal pain at work. The withdrawal syndrome has hit and besides being in a lot of pain, I'm getting horrible restless legs and alternately dripping with perspiration or shivering. And exhausted.

I don't know what to do.

March 27, 2008
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can you not see another doctor??

March 27, 2008
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or go to the hospital?

March 27, 2008
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((((((Canadian Scorp)))))))

I don't have advice, but just wanted to post that you are in my thoughts and I hope you can get to the doctor soon. I do care.

Sending you comforting hugs,
Chelonia

March 27, 2008
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I'm sorry you're in so much pain.
I myself suffer from Lupus and Lyme disease and was on MANY drugs the last 5 months.
I'm also going through some crazy withdrawal.

Have you ever thought about seeing a ND (Natural Dr-homeopath).

I'm seeing one today to try to find alternatives to medical drugs that just don't work.

March 27, 2008
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I am very sorry for your pain. The receptionist has NO right to treat you as such. Did you insist on talking to your doctor? Did she purposely keep you from talking to your doctor? I have had this happen before also, but I'm not on morphine.

Hon, morphine is a controlled substance. It is a narcotic. You "cannot" just stop taking it without some mild to very severe side effects depending on how long you have been taking it.

If the receptionist will not let you speak to your doctor or his nurse then go to the office and refuse to leave until they talk to you and help you. IF they are gonna cold turkey stop your morphine threaten to report them. Probably will not have any effect, but a little threat can go a long way.

If you choose to take the more quiet route then go to the hospital emergency room and tell them about the receptionist and ask them to call your doctor and talk to him/her. They will know you cannot just go off the morphine all at once.

I must ask this also... Did you take it as directed or did you run out early? If you ran out early then that may be part of her attitude. I'm not accusing you of abusing your meds in any way, just want you to be aware that some folks do abuse their drugs so if you ran out early then that may have been why she was rude. Although I don't think rude is ever a way of dealing w/ anything. It is not her place to do anything but answer the phone and direct you to the nurse's line or the doctor. (my opinion there) When you deal w/ this tho, remember that a spoonful of kindness will get you a lot further than a ton of fury. Sternness is not fury tho and at times needs to be used. Lord knows I've dealt w/ my share of sarcastic medical folks.

Best to you.

March 27, 2008
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(((((((((Canadian_Scorp))))))))))))

I do taxes for a living..and am very customer service oriented with my clients.

I squeeze people in, stay late at night, come in early mornings..to service clients on their schedule. I have been known to take people at 5:00 a.m., and again at 12:00 midnight (Doctors, firefighters, etc.).

I love people. Period.

I cannot fathom why a doctor's office doesn't have more compassion. Now, maybe the doctor doesn't know of your peril. I would leave a message for your doctor to call you directly.

As for the receptionist? What goes around comes around. Karma. It can be a bitch.

Please keep us posted.

March 27, 2008
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Thanks for your replies, everyone.

It's not easy to find another doctor in my city -- most of them have waiting lists which are *years* long. My province has had a doctor shortage for years as a result of government policies. We do have walk-in clinics here but the doctors there will not prescribe narcotics, understandably.

I've never taken more than is prescribed, and would much rather not have to take anything at all. My last doctor's appt was Feb. 12, so my month's worth of medication is finished.

This is all bad enough but I have to work tomorrow, and my work day lasts 9.5 hours. It looks as if I'll have to drag myself into the shower and get ready to go to the hospital.

March 27, 2008
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Can. Scorp....I feel ya. I'm in Quebec and trying to find a new dr is close to impossible.
Most large city hosp do have family clinics where you can give them your name and within 4 weeks they will find you a new dr.

I suffer from Lupus and Lyme disease so I know how tough it is to work while being ill.

Do you have insurance through work?

March 28, 2008
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I have provincial health insurance (OHIP), and my work does provide insurance to cover part of the costs of prescriptions, etc.

Work has me scheduled for 9.5 hours every day, 9 hours work/half an hour for lunch. Part of the problem is the working environment (they haven't done what they promised to do to accommodate me as far as disability goes), and part of it is having to take calls for 9 hours sitting in a cubicle. I just can't work those hours and still function outside of work. Yet I'm afraid to ask for shorter hours because they could terminate me. Being in so much pain has affected how I do at my job, and it's a high-stress job anyway.

I called Telehealth Ontario today and the nurse recommended I go to the ER. Last night I didn't go because I was afraid of having to sit for hours in the uncomfortable waiting room chairs in so much pain, but the nurse said they would give me somethign to help with pain until I can get in to see my regular doctor on Wednesday. I wish there was someone who would drive me there, instead of trying to drive to the ER on my own, because I can barely walk and the parking is not close at all.

March 28, 2008
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Canadian scorp I am canadian. I am in Ontario, and luckilly my community has great emerg. facilities, physician replacement groups, etc.

You can go to a local drug store and get tylenol with codiene over the counter. Ask the receptionist for it. Or you can have it delivered. It has 3 mgs of codiene, and maybe taking 3 pills would help a bit.......once you manage the pain a BIT, go to emerg.

Just go! Call a cab..ask a nieghbour.Somebody will help you..JUST ASK! Don't be scared.I'm sure you know someone who is decent that lives by you.
Being in emerg. a few hours is better than days, and risking work.

Don't talk yourself out of this, there is a way.

My Mom has the same Morphine patch, she is old and has in home care coming once a week and I would bring some to you if i knew you,but..this is all I can do to help.
Take Care (((scorp))

March 28, 2008
12:22 pm
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Also.you give your physician HELL for not staying on top of your refills and appts...all it takes is a regular schedule and a few minutes...NO excuse. Your situation is ongoing and hasn't changed..computers keep the info...so it's like churning out the same info for you month by month!

His receptionsit/nurse is a heartless incompetent bitch! She's not doing her job.Tell your doc that if thats the case. Tell him what has happened and you had no meds, had withdrawls almost lost your job.etc.He doesn't know what she's doing.

My doctor got rid of her receptionist cause she was the same.incompetent. I don't need meds.but she wasn't good at running the office.

Try and sort out your doctor issues so this doesn't happen again!

It's hard, but they screwed up, not you!

March 28, 2008
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Do you not have disability insurance through work?

I just took 4 months off b/c I needed heavy duty treatment for my illness. Now I am back to work part time. The insurance pays my disability for when I was off and replaces the pay I miss working part time

I hear ya, I can't work 9.5 hrs a day anymore like I used to.

March 30, 2008
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I've only been at this job a little over nine months and it does not pay very well to begin with; disability would be a fraction of my pay. I don't trust my employer at all not to find some reason to terminate me given the attitude they've displayed towards disabled people in general. It is a terrible place to work.

I went to the ER finally Friday night, spent a little over four hours in the waiting room before they could see me. They did write a prescription for my twice daily morphine dosage (five days worth) but screwed up the prescription for my breakthrough pain medication. The drugstore hadn't received a reply from the hospital about the second prescription when I checked yesterday.

In answer to the question about whether I had anyone to help: the answer is no. I've only lived in this building a few months and don't really know my neighbours, and don't have any local friends to help. The only family I have is my father, who's in a nursing home.

I just want to be able to support myself and to live as normal a life as possible, but don't have much in the way of resources.

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