Well I got a new Doctor and have been taking Opioids for a couple months now. On one hand it is a great relief, because I'm not bed bound from pain anymore, and I find myself able to go out to the park and relax my mind by the water, go for a little walk and what not. (I enjoy the nature and it really helps me physically to walk and emotionally to be in a carefree environment.)
On the other hand it seems to be a huge stressor for me in this sense; I'm not a huge fan of any drugs/medicine (but I truly need it, so I'm left with no choice. Many alternative medicines that are usually tried first had very little to no affect on my pain). I can only get exactly 30 days worth of it, and am expected to have an appointment exactly 30 days from my previous appointment. If I try to go a day or two early I get "in trouble/lectured". However it is not always possible to get an appointment 30 days from my previous appointment. (As there are a WHOLE LOT of patients registered to this clinic. You literally have to book your appointment 3 weeks ahead of time!) I was told to get an appointment 30 days or LATER (but not even a day earlier), but would that not mean that I would not longer have a prescription and forced to withdraw (from a fair [not small] dosage of somewhat longterm usage).On top of that I'm on a decent dosage now, and there have been a couple times where I've reached the office and was told the doctor had left due to x reason, leaving me without a prescription. I was told to go wait 12+ hours in the ER and hopefully they would be able to give me a couple pills (not sure it they would or not). OR rather than going on the 29th day with an appointment and being treated in a "fairly" reasonable amount of time, I am double booked on the 30th day and forced to wait 5-6+ hours, in an environment that only causes my back pain to get worse.
Is this normal practice for those taking Opioids? Are you guys also going through a similar system? Should I be worried about having to withdraw if I can not get my prescription he day I should be after these many months of continuos use? (because it is a real stressful thing on the back of my mind.) Is it bad/harmful for me to just stop taking them because they have run out and I can not get any, and then start back up on them a couple days/week later once I get a prescription? I really don't know how to go about this, I feel like my hands are tied.