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Oxycontin addiction?

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by Tinker_Bell, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Tinker_Bell

    Tinker_Bell Member

    Hi everyone! Back when I gave birth to my son, about a year later in 1986, I started experiencing these strange wandering very painful events in my ribs, back,neck, legs, abdomen - along with a fluish type feeling and a fever of 101-102. I spent 5 years having every imaginable test that all came back negative. My doctor called it "Chronic Viral Syndrome" which is a diagnosis that doesn't even exist. In 1991, my husband took me to a Pain Management Specialist who said I had Fibromyalgia. He prescribed Oxycontin 40mg. twice daily which I have taken ever since. I work full time and have a good attendance record. I never drink alcohol, nor have I ever taken any other pain medication or illegal substances. I have appointments with this doctor every 6 weeks, but I have not been seen by him in perhaps 20 years - I usually see a PA or a NP. I give a urine sample and they count my pills and I'm done for another 6 weeks. Honestly, I could not work the fast paced job I have without the pain medication. My last appointment was with a NP (yesterday) I had never seen before, and she told me Oxycontin was never recommended for the treatment of Fibromyalgia and that she planned to taper me off the medication over the next 2 weeks so I wouldn't go through withdrawal. I was stunned! I had been on this medicine for 27 years, saw dozens of different NP's and PA's in this doctor's office and not one of them ever told me this. So, per this new NP I just saw I am addicted to Oxycontin, a medication I never asked for and took as I was directed to, yet is not the recommended treatment for my diagnosis. She told me that NSAIDS are recommended, which I have been taking for over 30 years.

    Anyway, my question is do I have a lawsuit here, not just for the wrong treatment, but for the withdrawal I will probably go through?
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Tinker_Bell Hello and welcome. I'm sorry for all the pain that you've gone through. I imagine that's been quite challenging, along with the addiction. I am not sure about a lawsuit. I think your best bet is to talk to a lawyer.
  3. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Tinker_Bell... I'm sorry to hear about your plight. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the answer to your question is. Like @Dominica said, you need to consult an attorney.

    Sending you lots of positive, healing energy.