Post # 1
I went to the emergency room back in November for anxiety/chest pains/rapid heart beat. I didn’t have insurance at the time (I actually haven’t had insurance since I was 17) so I have no official family doctor. However I was prescribed .5mg Xanax last summer by a doctor my family knows that I’ve gone to since 2009. I go to him when I need blood work taken, physical exams, birth control etc. He lets us do payment plans since we don’t have insurance.
Anyways, I just got approved for a medical card so I called the physicans referral line trying to set up an appt. with a new doctor. She asked me how I have a Xanax prescription if I don’t have a family doctor. I explained to her I see this doctor sometimes for physicals and blood work. She asked what type of doctor he is and I honestly didn’t know (I think he is just a GP). She told me not to worry about it since I am no longer taking the Xanax because the prescription I got was only for 30 pills.
Well I just got a call from the physicians line and they said they found me a doctor but the office manager wanted me to know they will not be prescribing me any narcotics/controlled substances. I was surprised by that but obviously that’s fine. I just want to know why I keep getting random chest pains!
Is this normal to be told they won’t give you controlled substances when your complaining about chest pains and anxiety? I feel like they tagged my account as “drug seeker” or something because I have a Xanax prescription. I’ve never even asked the Emergency Room for any type of anxiety medicine. The only reason Xanax was brought up is because the lady saw on my ER report I was on Xanax and wanted to know how I have them.
Post # 3
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
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
@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
@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
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
@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 # 9
@limekitty: I got off the phone and was a little embarassed! She made it seem like all I wanted was more Xanax…when in fact I didn’t even finish the 30 pills I was prescribed because they made me sleepy lol.
@Baimee: Yeah I was finally approved for Medicaid (yay for being a poor college student! Lol) I’m having a really hard time finding a doctor to accept it though!
@weddingbee098: Oh I understand about being cautious. I just didn’t know if it had to do with me not putting down a family doctor yet I have a prescription for xanax.
@springbride23: I agree with Xanax being addictive. I didn’t like taking it because all I wanted to do was take a nap. I’m seeing a therapist in 2 weeks to work with my anxiety.
Post # 10
@TwoStatesBride: Wow that’s crazy! I know so many people who abuse pills and it makes me so mad when people who really need them can’t get them!
Post # 11
@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 # 12
@Anonymous_Bee20: Your school doesn’t offer health insurance?
Post # 13
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 # 14
@springbride23: I know…anxiety is absolutely terrible. I used to be very laid back until I moved out on my own. That’s when I started having bad panic attacks. Last summer I almost passed out from heart palpitations/my first panic attack and my HR would not come down because I was so scared. I couldn’t stop shaking and I kept feeling like I had to use the bathroom but I couldnt. I went to a MedExpress and he said it was clearly a panic attack and I almost passed out due to a release of epinephrin. Then a few months later I started getting chest pain and anxiety really bad that I thought I was having a heart attack. Now after $5,000 in ER bills, I feel like I can’t even go to a doctor because they think all I want is Xanax lol. Geesh!
Post # 15
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.
Post # 16
Not that I know of. It’s just a small community college. I did get Medicaid through Obamacare though as of last week.