I thought I'd ask for any opinions or advice re: my dilemma.
My pharmacy has had my script for morphine injectable for 2 weeks and STILL no meds. I think there may be a problem with the distrubuter. They only have ONE distrubuter, so perhaps another pharmacy would have access to other distributers.
In my pain contract, I think it just said that my doctor would prefer that I use one pharmacy. (Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of my pain contract. They never gave me one and I've never asked for one).
When I first started seeing my pain doctor 3.5 years ago, I did ask him: What if for some reason I am NOT able to get ALL of my meds from ONE pharmacy? He told me that it would be okay for me to go to a second pharmacy, but that I should make sure to tell him about it at my NEXT appointment. I recall him saying, "I'd need to know about it".
Overall, things have been GREAT with my pain doctor and I don't want to do anything that could jeapordize our good relationship of trust.
I've read a few horror stories of people doing totally innocent things such as using a second pharmacy and getting DROPPED by their pain doc, so I'm scared to take any chances. Another CPer once told me that since I only had VERBAL consent from my doctor to use another pharmacy, I'd better be careful. What if he FORGOT that he gave me permission? (I didn't ask my doctor for his written consent because it seemed overly paraniod on my part).
My doctor is not in on Fridays. He doesn't have an answering machine, either.
I have to go to my pharmacy TOMORROW (Friday) to pick up another prescription for something else. I'm thinking about ASKING for my script back so I can try to take it to another pharmacy. (Actually, I recall asking for a script back once before when they couldn't get a med and they REFUSED to give it to me). I THINK I have the right to MY script, right?
My pain levels are so HIGH without the morphine that it will be very difficult for me to even make it out of the house. When I do go to the pharmacy tomorrow (IF they give me my script) I would then go to another pharmacy while I'm out.
I can't just call up random pharmacies asking them if they carry morphine INJECTION, though. I really fear going to a brand NEW pharmacy where they don't know me, bringing in a script for MORPHINE INJECTION. What if they think I'm some kind of a druggie? I worry that they'll think I'm trying to get an early refill by going to another pharmacy.
I'm worried that my doctor may think something like that, too. In the 3.5 YEARS I've been seeing him, I've done NOTHING wrong. But I suppose that doesn't matter where pain management is concerned?
MY doctor DID give me a NEW script 2 weeks ago, so presumably his office has some sort of record of my pharmacy order problems.
I guess I'm just scared. I haven't been in this much pain in YEARS. And when my pain levels are this high, it's hard for me to think clearly. I'm not usually so paraniod about things, but I have read so many horror stories re: pain management and its plethora of rules.
Another option would be to wait all the way until MONDAY and call my doctor's office. I'm pretty certain that no matter WHICH pharmacy I go to they will need to ORDER the morphine injectable, and that will take at least a couple of days (in the very best of circumstances). I don't know how much longer I can suffer like this, but I'm also scared to inadvertantly do something wrong.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!