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Discharge from Pain Management treated unfairly?

Hello everyone, I'm a bit new to this form. I'm 45 years old living in Phoenix. I've played football since the age of 8 years old all the way through college. I was a running back. Needless to say years later I've developed chronic pain in my left shoulder, lower back etc. Finally I had shoulder surgery in 2015. Between this I've had also what they call (PE)Pulmonary embolism. Blood clot in my left leg had traveld to my lungs. I was bless to survive. However the clot had caused life long damage to my valves in my leg. So it swells up constantly even with wearing pressure socks. So basically I've been seeing pain management for the last 2 years. It seem to help out especially once they found the right pain meds to help my conditions. I was also seeing my heart specialist and primary care doctors on a regular basis. My primary precribes 0.5 Xanax. 60 tablets a month but usually a60 tablets would last me 3 to 4 months. Basically I take them as needed. I have a mitral valve prolapse in my Heart. Its a valve that flutters cause your heart to race, skip a beat. So I at times get anxiety. I've had this condition since I was 19 years old. I got discharge from pain management Becuse they found Xanax in my system. They have known I've been taking. Xanax since I sign my contract? With them. This pain management place I went to I really like the doctors there. But this one particular doctor has always been a bit stand offish .. He's the one that discharge me. Well he actually had his assistant do it . So on the discharge letter it states I'm being discharge because of abnormal test. But the fact of the matter is it was my Xanax that my primary prescribe to me. Well according to the painmangent they said that one of the doctors told me to stop taking Xanax back in September due to just recently, they reclassified Xanax ? My response to that was one I take my Xanax as needed only. Also my heart specialist said its ok and my primary said it was ok as well. Frustrated. I understand there is a big problem with idiot people abusing pain meds. So I had ask very kindly if they could put down on my paper work what pop up on my urine test. They just put abnormal witch sounds awful .. In reality it was my precribe medication. So now I have to find a new pain management place. My primary doctor was very upset on how I was treated. I went pain management on Nov.27 I refill every 1st of the month. But they didn't give me my last scrip or anything. They offerd some withdrawals pilss. I took offence to that. I told them any new meds I take has to get approve by heart specialist and they know this. Well I'm just dealing with pain. In my shoulder leg etc. I just pray on it. Hopefully I can find a place that really can help manage this.



  • Doctors are running scared right now with all the hysteria surrounding opioids. Plus the CDC came out and said a patient shouldn't take a benzodiazepine (which Xanax is) with an opioid. This particular doctor is following the script provided by the CDC. Is it wrong...heck yes when your health care team says it's appropriate.

    I'd recommend speaking again with your PCP in order to find a Pain Management doctor who will accept you as a patient. It probably wouldn't hurt if you have letters from your PCP and Cardiologist saying they concur with the meds your on. No guarantee it will work, but it never hurts to try!

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Did you sign an updated contract or addendum at some point which prohibits benzodiazepines?

    It sounds like this was bound to happen regardless. If you signed an addendum and had noticed an updated prohibition of benzodiazepines section and reiterated you receive a script for Xanax from your PCP they may have demanded you stop that medication.

    At that point you would have been looking for a new pain doctor. The way it happened is not desirable because it caught you off guard and without the possibility of a seamless transition to a new doctor.

    I’m sure your PCP can help you here and when you explain the hows and whys you’ll be accepted into a new program.

    Good luck. I think this will work out for you.

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,437

    Hello hawaiianstyle22!
    Welcome to Spine-Health

    EMS and L4_L5 have given you some very good advice, and I agree. Talk to your PCP and cardiologist, I'm sure they will help.
    Have it in our next contract what you take that is prescribed from another doctor.

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