I just basically want to share this and invite any responses that may be appropriate. I am a chronic pain patient and have been on powerful narcotics for the past 3 years and my pain has been well controlled by the regimen. During this time Ive only had two Drs that have taken care of my needs and here is where I have a problem. The first Dr took care of me for two years and stabilized my pain and then out of nowhere one day just told me he was leaving and I was basically on my own. So I ventuired to find a new Dr ...and to no avail so after trips to the ER and then finally attempting to go to a methadone clinic, as I was dependent and in need of pain relief and withdrawals I was asked to contact a Dr who worked with Suboxone. Anyway being in dire staits she saw me right away and after going over everything she decided that Suboxone or Methadone was not the way to go, as I had severe and chronic pain, and should be treated as a pain patient. She immediately wrote out prescriptions for what I had been on and I thought all was well as she decided to take me as a pain patient. Its now about a year or more later and my last apointment she informs me she is leaving the facility and will no longer be able to be my Dr. and to find a new one. So here I am,once again, on a regimen of powerful pain medications and nowhere to turn and once again no help from my Dr. So as you can see my questions are where is the responsibilties of Drs, what are patients as myself to do. Ive been a responsible patient with no abuse whatsoever since Ive been a pain patient,my records all well documented but yet left to suffer and if you will, fend for myself. I really welcome any responses to a dilema and Im certain that others have had to deal with this as well and greatly welcome your input.
Published On: November 08, 2008