My pain mgmt. doc dropped me got a letter today.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by cjcookie, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    It's really my fault. I changed an appointment and then I called to reschedule again until I went to public aid to get extra help with Medicare. I had written the appointment on the wrong day and had actually missed it. I called and begged to let me have another chance but we'll see. The only bad part is I only have 9 days of pain meds left and that's not much time to get into another doc. I have been able to cut back a little on pain meds lately but not enough to wait out another appointment. I hope he takes me back.
  2. pearls

    pearls New Member

    Just one missed appointment and you were dropped?!! This is terrible! Anyone can have a lapse, especially with fibromyalgia, which causes cognitive problems, such as memory lapses. I've written appointments on the wrong day, myself, and have shown up for several on the wrong days, too. I always do my best to make it to my appointments, but these things happen in spite of best intentions. A doctor who can't understand that may not be the best doctor to treat this condition.

    If you happen to be on narcotic pain relief, you need medical supervision. You cannot simply stop. Maybe your regular physician can step in here. I suggest you tell your regular doctor what happened and ask him or her for help.

  3. leubie

    leubie New Member

    hey------i cant understand how this doctor can just drop you like that---------esp. if you are on narcotic meds-----or any pain med that you take everyday-------------your body might not be able to handle this--------- please call your primary doc AND YOUR PAIN MANAGEMENT DOC-----------and ask their advice---------you should get some help from BOTH if not one of them----------if all else fails --------please go to the E. R. and explain what happened----------they SHOULD HELP --------and hopefully would not think you were just trying to get pain meds-------maybe you should get a copy of your records--------------so you could explain all---------please take care of this before you run out-----------then its too late-------take care--------keep in touch-----let me know what the outcome is ------------LOVE TO ALL----------LAURA
  4. Lichu3

    Lichu3 New Member

    By most state laws, physicians cannot "drop" patients without at least a 30 day notice and some provision about what the patient can do in the meantime for emergency help.
    (i.e. "Should urgent medical issues arise, we will continue to provide care for you over the next 30 days until you find another physician.")

    As the prior writers state, you can try contacting the pain doctor first, tell them about the med situation, and request a refill until you can see him (her?) back again or can find an alternate doctor to take care of your pain.

    The medical practice I worked in rarely dropped patients but we always certified-mailed our letters when "dropping" patients and made provisions for emergency care while the patient looked for another doctor.

    If no provisions are made and you feel up to, you can make a complaint to your state board about possible patient abandoment.
  5. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    That seems very unfair and cruel. My pain doctor always has his staff call you the day before to confirm your appt and if they don't he understands if you are not there.

    It only happened to me once that I missed a appt., but they always call. He understands how forgetful patients can be.

    They must realize how hard this will be for you to get your meds on such short notice, then having to give the excuse to the next doctor that you missed appts.

    I hope you can straighten this out, then look for a new doctor if possible.

  6. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    several times. He said he would continue non-narcotic meds for 30 days but I only have 10 days of my Norco. The nurse was supposed to call me back yesterday but we had terrible weather so maybe they weren't in.

    I just hope my regular doc will prescribe for me until I get into another. I hate having to start over.
  7. pearls

    pearls New Member

    Perhaps your dosage of narcotics is low enough that you can just go off of them. Make sure that's the case, though, before you get to the end of the bottle.

    Pearl S.
  8. shelby319

    shelby319 New Member

    Hi cjcookie~~

    I had read some of this the other day and wanted to respond then, but I had to leave for my oral surgery. But now I see where you said you rescheduled and he would only give you a 30 day script for non-narcotic meds? So, does this mean the end of your relationship with this uncompassionate Dr?

    It looks like he's sort of abiding by the law of giving you a 30 day leave of finding another Dr. But he's not following the law about your narcotic medications, which isn't right, nor the proper laws involvement!

    He is suppose to cover ALL your prescription meds if he's the one who prescribed them to you. Is this the case? I mean including your narcotic meds are suppose to be covered and he's not abiding by the laws if he's leaving you without your narcotics to get you through until you find another Dr. or someone else to cover your scripts. That part is against the law, no two ways about it!!

    I do hope the nurse gets back to you soon, so you can discuss this with him. This just doesn't seem fair or right, according to the laws!! Can you write a letter to who ever he works for, like the hospital he is covered by, or the AMA, or his supervisor??

    I'm sooo sorry this is happening to you, and again it shouldn't be this way!! He is suppose to "do no harm", and he will be if he doesn't continue your use of your pain medications. You do have cause here to take action and I hope your able to do so for your sake. I'm sure this is stressful enough for you and something you don't need or should have to go through right now!

    Please let us know if the nurse calls you back and tell us what was said, if you can. And hopefully he will follow through with the laws and fill your scripts as he should. Tell the nurse what people here have told you and see how she/he reacts to that treatment!! I'm sure he wouldn't like it if someone did it to him!! And HE would take action himself!!

    I wish you the best and I hope you do get what your entitled to, seeing I had something similiar happen to me and I filed a complaint against my pain management Dr. And it was a very stressful situation for me to go through, and I hope this doesn't happen to you!!

    Gentle hugs,
    Shelby
  9. shelby319

    shelby319 New Member

    Hi cjcookie~~

    I had read some of this the other day and wanted to respond then, but I had to leave for my oral surgery. But now I see where you said you rescheduled and he would only give you a 30 day script for non-narcotic meds? So, does this mean the end of your relationship with this uncompassionate Dr?

    It looks like he's sort of abiding by the law of giving you a 30 day leave of finding another Dr. But he's not following the law about your narcotic medications, which isn't right, nor the proper laws involvement!

    He is suppose to cover ALL your prescription meds if he's the one who prescribed them to you. Is this the case? I mean including your narcotic meds are suppose to be covered and he's not abiding by the laws if he's leaving you without your narcotics to get you through until you find another Dr. or someone else to cover your scripts. That part is against the law, no two ways about it!!

    I do hope the nurse gets back to you soon, so you can discuss this with him. This just doesn't seem fair or right, according to the laws!! Can you write a letter to who ever he works for, like the hospital he is covered by, or the AMA, or his supervisor??

    I'm sooo sorry this is happening to you, and again it shouldn't be this way!! He is suppose to "do no harm", and he will be if he doesn't continue your use of your pain medications. You do have cause here to take action and I hope your able to do so for your sake. I'm sure this is stressful enough for you and something you don't need or should have to go through right now!

    Please let us know if the nurse calls you back and tell us what was said, if you can. And hopefully he will follow through with the laws and fill your scripts as he should. Tell the nurse what people here have told you and see how she/he reacts to that treatment!! I'm sure he wouldn't like it if someone did it to him!! And HE would take action himself!!

    I wish you the best and I hope you do get what your entitled to, seeing I had something similiar happen to me and I filed a complaint against my pain management Dr. And it was a very stressful situation for me to go through, and I hope this doesn't happen to you!!

    Gentle hugs,
    Shelby
  10. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    call the nurse tomorrow and mention the law about the 30 days for pain meds too. I didn't know anything about that.
  11. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    the doc said that he wouldn't take me back. The more I think about it, the more upset I get. When he worked in the hospital, there were countless times when he would leave in the middle of a consultation and not return for 30-40 minutes.

    Well, I guess there's nothing I can do. I called the Illinois Department of Regulation and the expert told me he did nothing wrong legally.

    I have an appointment with my regular doc and I hope he will prescribe all the meds because I can't get into another pain doc for a month.[This Message was Edited on 02/16/2007]
  12. Ginner

    Ginner New Member

    Hi
    This too has happened to me, can't go when you can't get up !

    You know, this may all be in your favor in the long run!

    Do you have choices of pain clinics in your area?
    Do you have a primary/family physician?
    This is what I have understood to do and it has worked for me 4 yrs now:
    Anytime I see a specialist who is outside of my primary physicians network, I ask the specialist to please send my rx ( and all other notes also )to my primary dr.I provide all the information / address, etc. to them at that time. My next dr.appt with my prim. dr. I can ask them if they will continue to refill this rx also.
    Ginner

  13. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    the same meds for me even the Norco. I was so relieved. I can take my time and find a new pain med doc.

    I also talked to a friend of mine who has Fibro. She told me her doc always calls the day before to remind her of her appointment and that her doc expects that Fibro patients will cancel and reschedule because of our disease. That made me feel better.
    [This Message was Edited on 02/22/2007]