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Saturday, January 26, 2013 painindc, Community Member, asks

Q: Will a prescription for a opiate expire if I don't get it filled right away? I live in D.C.

was seeing a horrible pain management doctor. I asked for a referral to another doctor as on numerous occasions he would say things like "I can just kick you out of the practice"....Well I had never run out of my medication early with him. He never required me to sign a pain contract but I would've as I've done nothing wrong. I have a history of chronic pancreatitis which is clearly documented in medical records and surgeries. This physician stated that putting what is equivalent to a spinal cord stimulator into my abdomen may be a way to not have to take opiates as I don't want to be on them. So I let him do this procedure. The device became infected about 3 weeks after about three weeks after being implanted. He gave me some antibiotics but the swelling got worse and I had to open wounds from where he placed the "electronic leads". He saw me at least once a month over the 4 months where it was getting more infected. I finally asked the medical device company St. Jude who works very closely with this physician to come into the office before my next appointment. My physician actually suggested that as he thought altering the program of the stimulator would make everything better. So I saw the representative from St. Jude in the physicians office. I said I have a major infection. He said let's see. I pulled up my shirt and he immediately said you need that device taken out it took essentially a pharmaceutical rep to convince this doctor that I have a severe infection which turned into peritonitis and could have killed me. Mind you I've nearly completed medical school so I know more medicine then the average patient...he would say "you're a smart patient with a lot of ideas in your head"....needless to say I had it taken out but I'm in grad school, it cost me as far as my grades, it could affect my career and job offers due to my GPA falling...he pretty much ruined my life. So I asked for a referral and was assured I wasn't going to be pawned off on another doctor where I'd have to explain a very long past medical history. He gave me the name of a neurologist...I'm sorry you're a pain management physician yet refuse to write prescriptions so you're sending me to a neurologist? He didn't call this physician or help in any way (a formal complaint to the medical license border is coming) my primary care doctor who is so great and understanding is helping me in the interim as he is guilty of patient abandonment. I tried to get in with one doctor that my PCP and the St. Jude rep reccommended. I called for an appointment and was told I had to send in my last 3 office visits. I receive a call from his "receptionist" stating...the doctor will not see you. He has nothing to offer you" WOW,. Really? after reading 3 past medical visit notes which I'm sure were lovely from this past pain doc as we obviously butted heads. I had to call my PCP and tell her this new doc refuses to see me. She called and He'll see me. I'm skeptical as pain doctors rely on referrals and I think he's doing it so as not to get a bad reputation. I have yet to make in appointment due to holidays, finals, and school starting again. I have a script dated 12/4/12 for 7 days of medication from the old pain guy. Will I be able to fill it? Because I won't be able to get into see this new doctor anytime soon as he only sees patients one day a week. Anyone know if there's a date limit on when a script is written and when it can be filled? I know states have different laws. Unfortunately I live in the District of Columbia (not a state) so it's been difficult to find an answer. Sorry for the long story I was just inspired by reading other stories about people with legitimate pain being treated like criminals. I'm only 35 and have been dealing with this garbage for 10 years. Any answers much appreciated.

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Cort, Health Guide
2/ 1/13 12:01pm

I looked around the internet and found answers ranging from 21 days to a month to 6 months for controlled drugs such as opiates. I guess the only thing to do is to give it a try and see what happens. 


It may be harder and harder for you to get good doctors if your old doctors are writing what a difficult patient they think you are. I would concentrate on maintaining good relationships for awhile. You want to see the best doctors that you can and I imagine that those doctors tend to busier and more choosey regarding which patients they will see. 


Good luck! 

Scooter, Community Member
1/29/13 3:37pm

Sorry for everything you have gone through. So many of us have horror stories. Have you called your pharmacy to ask them? I'm sure every place is different. I hope things go better for you soon. Good luck.

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By painindc, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/01/13, First Published: 01/26/13