I'm just wondering if this is a common source a friction between most chronic pain patients and their doctors' offices, or is it just my doctor's office.
Lately, my doctor's office, which is an enormous practice, has been giving me (and other patients that I know go there) a hard time about what day they can pick up their prescriptions. I always used to be able to pick my Percocet prescription up on days 12 through 14 before it was due. Day 14 is the last day I have any pain meds left. The doctor's office has been insistent lately that I don't need it until Day 15 so that's when I can pick it up; some days I have to wait most of the day on day 15 for my Dr. to get around to printing my script, signing it, and then giving it to a nurse so she can call me to pick it up when she gets around to it. I have tried to explain it to them a million different ways that when they do it this way, I wake up in Day 15 with no pain meds; morning (and night) are my absolute worst time of day and I need the meds to begin moving so I can function. In a way they're right, I don't need the meds until Day 15 but I need the script in my hands by Day 14 so I can get it filled and have it ready for Day 15. Does anyone else deal with this same problem?
On a side note - I understand the importance of DEA laws (I wish they didn't exist because they make my life a pain in the ass but I do recognize their place in the drug world) but some weeks I can call my Dr's office and if I get a nice/understanding/compassionate nurse who doesn't act like she hates her job and every 3rd caller, my prescription is actually sent to my doctor, signed, and ready for me early (days before I need it). Then, when I pick it up, I notice that not only was it ready early but it is also not post dated so I could have it filled earlier than 2 weeks if I need to. It doesn't make any sense and unfortunately, it doesn't happen too often!
Published On: April 20, 2010