Insensitive and Ignorant Doctors

Eunique28 Community Member October 26, 2008
  • As a sufferer of chronic pain for my entire life I have had the extreme displeasure of seeing many ignorant doctors in regard to chronic pain and the pain medications used to treat it. I think it is just downright disgusting how people with chronic pain are treated by the medical profession. We are immediatly judged as drug addicts.

    We arent even given the benefit of the doubt. And the more we try to get relief the harder it gets because we are then viewed as "drug seekers".

    And we cant even complain to anyone because the more you complain the worse you look. We are stuck in a cycle of pain and unhappiness unless we have cancer. This is so unfair!!

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  • mikkie
    Oct. 27, 2008

    I have been labeled a "pain killer seeker" several times in the last 7 years and I would respond with "well of course I am..I'm in pain and I want something to stop it". Then after I herniated another (my 3rd) disk in my lower back at work I was sent to a pain mgmnt Dr. This Dr. came into the exam room on my first visit to see him and stated that he had good...

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    I have been labeled a "pain killer seeker" several times in the last 7 years and I would respond with "well of course I am..I'm in pain and I want something to stop it". Then after I herniated another (my 3rd) disk in my lower back at work I was sent to a pain mgmnt Dr. This Dr. came into the exam room on my first visit to see him and stated that he had good news and bad news. The good news is "you are no longer a pain killer seeker". The bad news is "you have degenerative disk disease and will probably be in a wheelchair by the time you are 45." I was 36 yrs old at the time. I was thrilled to hear that this Dr. was going to prescribe methadone which is the least likely opiod drug to "cause drug seeking behaviors". In other words I would be unlikely to become addicted to some sort of "high " from the methadone and go looking for a drug which would give me a high-which by the way methadone never did in the 4 years I took it for chronic pain.

    This is a neurologist who holds a very highly specialized license just to be able to prescribe methadone for pain management as this drug when combined with certain other drugs (benzodiazapines in particular) drops your respiration to the point where the patient just stops breathing during sleep and dies. I did have this side affect occur with me and ended up in a 20+ hour coma but the ER and attending physcians at the hospital did not understand what had happened and just sort of glossed over the incident and I simply followed their lead. I was tested for and diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and we all just went with that as a cause. Even though I had all my pills from each and every prescription I had hand counted by these Drs. so they KNEW I was not overdosing on them or (due to full range blood work) any other illegal substance or even any over-the-counter medications I was treated after that by my pain Dr. as a possible "problem patient". The whole tone of our Dr. patient relationship began to change for the worse at that point looking back.

    I did go another 2 1/2 years on the methadone but was forced to relocate across the country  and this Dr. citing  malpractice insurance issues refused to continue treating me-nor would he give me any information on how to go about getting a  new pain management Dr.  or what might happen with the Workmens  Comp. insurance which had been paying for my treatment thru him .

    I was in severe withdrawal and eneded up in a locked down high security Mental Health Institution within a day of my last dose of methadone. Since then (over 4 mos ago) I have been in that mental institution twice and have been to 7 ER visits, 2 primary care  Drs. and ended up spending over 3500.00 buying percocet from an illegal source.

    I cannot work, am borderline suicidal and headed for divorce court very very soon all due to not being able to legally acquire pain medication for what I have been told repeatedly by Dr. after Dr. is a condition which cannot be remedied by surgery even if I wanted it (which I would chance depite a diastrous surgery 8 mos ago which left permanent (and very painful) nerve damge on my right arm and hand and another to be done ASAP on my left arm for same issue. SO what to do? I honestly don't know what tommorow will bring as I only have enough pain pills left for today and no more money left t buy any more even if I could find someone willing to sell them to me....

     

  • sandyld
    Oct. 27, 2008

    I know what you mean. The last time I had to go to ER I was there ten hours. After a slew of tests the DR told me every thing was normal. I told hime it couldn't be normal, I was there for a severe pain in my right side. But because my medical records had all my hospital admissions for Chronic Pain and fibromyalgia I believe I was treated as a drug seeker....

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    I know what you mean. The last time I had to go to ER I was there ten hours. After a slew of tests the DR told me every thing was normal. I told hime it couldn't be normal, I was there for a severe pain in my right side. But because my medical records had all my hospital admissions for Chronic Pain and fibromyalgia I believe I was treated as a drug seeker. The nurse came in and had two syringes, He gave me some "pain med" in my IV port, a very small amount, then she put a large amount of saline, and that continued until I had recieved all of the "pain" med. I had been given three of these for the ten hours I had been there. I never felt any releif of pain and I did not feel light headed like when you get the real thing. I was humiliated, treated like a second class human. I just wanted to cry. I was already in pain from the fibromyalgia and this new pain, which turned out to be calcium in liver, SO WHAT if I wanted some PAIN RELIEF! In my opinion ( I worked in the medical field as a Respiratory CAre Practitioner) Dr.s make addicts by not giving enough pain meds to do the job. It doesn't work so the patient takes it a little earlier than prescribed, that doesn't help so he/she takes two and then the addict dance begins. The nurse told me I was getting the same amount of meds but it was being diluted, when I asked why he was giving me meds that way. I told him that if you put a teaspoon of coffee in a gallon of water you would still get the teaspoon of coffee but you would never taste it! I don't believe one good pain shot in the ER once or twice does not a addict make.