Is this normal for a new doctor to tell you?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Anonymous_Bee20:  

It’s likely something they let patient’s know. Some patients do have drug- seeking behavior and will just plain not show up to appointments if they’ve been told they will not be recieving the medication that they want. In that case, it’s a spot that could be used for someone else. 

I absolutely don’t feel that they’re judging you in any way! They just want to make sure they get to everyone that needs an appointment 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I know someone this has happened to. He had a lot of pain and they immediately jumped to telling him he wasn’t getting any controlled substances. He was on a county health plan fwiw

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Anonymous_Bee20:  I think they are just being cautious, and you haven’t been to your exam yet with the new doctor, so things can change if the Dr. sees that you really need xanax.  There are a lot of drug seekers out there and Docs offices are just being super cautious, especially when they take on a new patient.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Anonymous_Bee20:  I do know physicians (I work in a physicians office) who are trying to move their patients away from controlled substances as regulations on them have become incredible in the last few years. There is a lot of liability the physician assumes when prescribing them and they only use them when absolutely necessary. There are many other ways to control your anxiety on medication that is not controlled. Xanax is also very addictive. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

They are just letting you know their standard practice. If you were a drug seeking potential patient, you probaby wouldn’t show up for an appointment.

If you are a potential patient who is truly looking for support in finding a diagnosis and willing to be open about various therapies, you will likely keep your appointment.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Anonymous_Bee20:  the medical field is getting extremely cautious with prescribing narcotics these days. i went to the emergency room with kidney stones in 2011 and they made me sit in the waiting room for two hours, crying and vomiting everywhere, before they would prescribe me anything – and then they just gave me 600 mg ibuprofen. 🙂 i love doctors :))))))

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Anonymous_Bee20:  A therapist will really be able to help but it’s not immediate. I have been seeing one since last summer to help with my panic attacks for when I (hopefully) go off medicine after my wedding. Just 2 weeks ago was the first time I felt like I made REAL progress. The man I saw before her was awful. If it’s not the right person for you don’t force it or discount therapy as a whole! Anxiety is awful.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It may be that your new “doctor” is a physician assistant, who can’t prescribe controlled substances in some places. If you’re a college student, don’t you get student health care??

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I wouldn’t take it personally, especially if you haven’t seen the new physician yet. Unfortunately there are people who are uninsured, underinsured, or lack primary care providers yet have only prescriptions for controlled substances that actually are drug seekers. They muck up the system for everyone else. It’s likely that the new office states their standard practice beforehand to weed out people who are only looking to get their fix.

Once you are actually assessed by a physician, s/he is obligated to offer you appropriate treatment. In your case, your emergency department medical records should indicate that you had legitimate health concerns and the physician should treat accordingly.

 

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