I have been a pain management patient for about 7 years. Receive occasional steroid injections, and monthly script for Percocet. Never had any issues and have a good relationship with my Doctor.
Recently at my monthly office visit, was given a random urine test. 2 weeks later, I receive a call from my Doctor that my urine test was positive for several meds. Meds that I have never been prescribed. More importantly meds that I DID NOT TAKE.
I didn’t take notice when I handed the nurse my specimen cup if my name was on it.
My Doctor wasn’t angry with me. He seemed genuinely sad. He basically told me his hands were tied as a positive urine test violates the pain contract. He told me he would wean me down one pill at a time each month, then he wouldn’t be able to prescribe me any further medications.
At my next office visit, he seemed genuinely concerned about my well being. He had a heart to heart talk with me. He asked me straight forward if I had any problems going on, if I had any problems with pain medications, etc. He can’t explain how this happened, the urine is sent out to a lab. I am not sure if he believes me or not. He also did mention his practice is being investigated by the DEA.
I feel so alone in this. A Urine test is objective, so it must be true right? But I DIDNT TAKE those meds. How do I prove it and maintain that I am a compliant patient? Because looking ahead, my doctor did say that no one will likely prescribe me medication again.
I am scared. I have a lot of life left to live with this pain. What if something happens to me, will no doctor ever help me again?
I really don’t have the funds to hire a lawyer, that’s the only thing I could come up with to fight back.
Help!?! What would you do???