(Closed) Im not an addict

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@minted:  I’m sorry that happened to you! My reaction is that the nurse was being professional and just doing her job by notifying the doctor. It is their duty to question you. I doubt they were judging you and you may have just been projecting this part. Why do you think they didn’t believe you?

I know how this feels though. Once I had nosebleeds as a sypmtom of an underlying illness and the doctor sent me for bloodwork, including drug testing without telling me. At first I was really mad, but then later just recognized she was doing her job and covering her bases.

Post # 5
986 posts
Busy bee

@minted:  You were treated appallingly, I’m disgusted for you! i would have demanded they take some blood for a drug test just to shut them up. And especially since the doctor was so convinced, would it not be in his duty of care to drug test due to potential reactions from anaesthetics?

Post # 6
5407 posts
Bee Keeper

That is ridiculous. Stretch marks are pretty obvious to know what they are too…? I would find a different doctor, even if it’s not as convenient. 

Post # 7
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@minted:  The way you were treated is horrible. The doctor seriously couldn’t tell the difference between stretch marks and tracks?  I’d seriously consider finding another doctor when you are able to. The way the nurse and doctor questioned you and yelled at you is totally uncalled for. 

I can see the nurse bringing the doctor in to look but to not believe you is just terrible. 

I can sympathize with you. I have fibro and axiety disorder. I have scripts for several controlled substances. My insurance freaks out from time to time and sends me info on substance an use and rehab. I hate it. I’ve called many times to complain. Seeing a new doctor who doesn’t know my history is always a crapshoot. Some doctors are understanding, others not so much. I always feel awful when I get accused of being a pill popper. 

Hang in there. Hope the surgery goes well and you have a speedy, complete recovery. 

Post # 8
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@minted:  Even if you were an addict (I know you arent, but if you were), how does treating you like that help you? If you are an addict, you need to feel safe and being an A** never made anyone feel safe– Ugh I’m angry for you!

Post # 9
7200 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have the joy of working with patients who are current/foremr drug addicts.  I don’t think I’ve ever looked at soemone’s tracks and been like “Is that a stretch mark?”  Switch Doctors.


Post # 10
3093 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ewww I had a stretch mark disaster too at the gyno many years ago…but I still remember it.  I have them on the inside of my legs and on my belly (not sure if she was concerned about the belly) but she thought I was a cutter!

Post # 12
5407 posts
Bee Keeper

@minted:  yeah that is not a good sign of his competence or bedside manner. 

Post # 13
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would find a new doctor. your doctor is suppose to be your advocate, have your back. it one thing to question it, but to basically call you a liar??? uh no. get outta there!


Currently im going thru some health issues and tests are not showing up anything but i know whats going on and happening to me. ive been freaking out about it. my doctor understands how frustaing it is, and is very caring towards me. ive had a few ccrying fits in her office because i feel like no one understands. but your doctor is suppose to be the one you trust the most!!!

Post # 14
1226 posts
Bumble bee

My SIL had something similar happen to her when she was pregnant with my nephew. She tested positive for drugs, which was bad enough, but she offered to submit to another test (urine or blood, and it could have been there or somewhere else), knowing it was a false positive, but the doctor refused. SIL had many sleepless nights because that doctor was threatening to take her son away at birth without even doing a back-up test.

I agree with PP who say you should completely trust your doctor. Definitely see if you can find another before your surgery and ditch this a**.

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