Anonymous

by Jean
(usa)

When I was 70 I was taking hydrocodone for severe lower back pain prescribed by my family physician. At the same time I was very depressed and suffered from anxiety and panic attacks. My husband and I were having problems in our marriage. I took the drug for under six months.

Soon I realized that the medicine was not only helping the back pain but also helping me with my depression. I was taking more than prescribed and when a family member pointed that out to me I looked for help.

Went to drug rehab for 7 days and have never craved drugs since. Rehab was easy and I slept a lot during it. My problem is now I am 72 with several co-morbid health issues. I am in the hospital a lot. Now I am labeled a drug addict and denied pain meds except Tramadol which does not help me.

I do not believe that I am a drug addict. Do not have any narcotics in my house and do not crave anything. My psychiatrist does not believe I am a drug addict either.

My biggest worry is if I am ever in a great deal of pain such as an auto accident etc that I will not be given anything for pain. Also, when I am dying (ready but not in a hurry) that I will be denied pain help.

Have taken several pain meds in my life after surgeries, pneumonia and several pulmonary embolisms etc,and never had a problem with any of them. I worry about this but have chosen to give this to God to take care of. Still worries me though.

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I agree it is worrisome.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Jean,

From what you've described it sounds like you're not a drug addict and I agree that it is worrisome that you've been diagnosed/labeled with something that it is not necessarily true.

Have you spoken to your psychiatrist about your concerns and asked him/her to remove that as a diagnosis on your medical records? If he/she agrees, then they should be able to remove it from your medical records.

You may also consider getting a lawyer to assist you in correcting your medical records, if the other medical people are unwilling to help you and you're concerned about the quality of care you're going to receive in the future.

We all should be aware of how we're being categorized on our medical records, you're bringing up a very important issue.

Debbie

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