The Situation with my clinic.
I do not believe that they think I am a druggie, personally. But I think that their location, inner-city, brings to them many who would fit that description. In the 16 months I have been with that clinic, before my last visit, 2 weeks ago, I was only ever short on my pills once.
We had gone on vacation and my medicine was packed, not carried on(travel by plane). When we travel I keep my narcotic prescriptions in small zip-locks, never carry the bottles because if they are lost or stolen someone could use that info for their own purposes. This practice has been recomended by travel sites to protect yourself and we have always done this without incident. But this time when we got home my wife didn't check the dirty laundry and the meds went through the wash.
That was August of 2011.
The clinic doesn't allow you to fill your prescriptions until 30 days after you have gotten your last script. This allows for NO wiggle room, you cn't take not one extra pill, because you will run out. Last month the fill date was May 26th, a Saturday on a holiday weekend. The pharmacy was out of the 30mg MSContin and even though you may only use one pharm as per contract, i did try the 3 other local RX's but no one had 60 of them and if you get less than the written amount you forfir the balance, which wold not be so bad if they had say 50, but no one had more than 20 something. So I could not get the 30's till the 30th. Which meant I had to use the 15's (I take 45/2xday) to make up the full dose. So By the time I got my 30's I had already taken 27b of the 60 15's I get per month. I called the clinic and explain. They said OK, you see the doc this month for contract update explain then. Then I called back the following week beacuse I had no way to make the 45mgs work because you can't cut the MS, you must take the pill whole. (Grantred, I could have cut them, but then I would have been in trouble for that, so it was a lose-lose.) My plan was to go in early and have them make up the difference to get my pill count right but they had no openings till the 6th of the following month and my appt was for the 20th so what would be the point. So by then, 26 days into a 30 day cycle, i only had 6 of the 30's left. I tried variouos ways to keep the dose as close as prescribed but there was no way i could just take a 30, even 45mgs just takes the edge off. Anyway, my count was off, which i had alerted them to before hand but the say the have no record of either of my calls even though i could show them the time and duration of the calls plasces to their office and the calls return by them to me. So anyway, now I've been short twice.
Other than that , I have never failed a drug screen or had ANY other med related problems. Yes, I had to reschedule several appts, I don't drive and the clinic is almost an hour away, so round trip with wait time is at least three hrs.I have a problem with the way I am treated and the way they (nurses) talk to my wife and I). It is not about the meds but about the way the whole experience has gone. As i mentioned before, they have made errors in processing, at least three times i can remember which left my without meds and/or having to come back again to have them corrected, or re-written, etc. The service, attitude, manner of the staff has left me bitter andI geuss it shows. That is why the label me a problem, not a druggie, a problem patient.
Oh, the wheel is turning and you can't slow down...