My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: FL
I originally went to my doctors office back in Sept or Oct for knee pain that has been getting worse over the years and now flares up quite abit. At that time I was put on inflammatory medication and also Tramadol. Well, the Tramadol wasn't working to well so they then put me on Hydrocodone 5mg and gave me a script for 60 a month with one refill. They wanted me to get an MRI done however my insurance doesn't cover enough of it so I could not afford it right away. So the Nurse Practitioner said she would continue the scripts until I was able to get the MRI done.
Well, my script was up and it was time for a refill. This practitioner I was dealing with no longer worked at my doctor office so I dealt with a Doctor and he asked what I was taking and suggested I go to 120 pills at 7.5 mg. I was reluctant but this was coming form a doctor so I took them. Well, the doctors instructions were to take 1 every 4 hours so I ran out before the month was up. I called the doctor and he said he suggested to go to 180 pills at 10 mg this time as these would work better. Again I was reluctant as they were stronger but these were doctor ordered so I took them. From here on out until today I continued to get 180 of these pills. Today I receive a letter in the mail from my Doctors office from a different doctor stating she is dropping me as a patient due to and I quote "The primary difficulty has been your drug seeking behavior". I am at this point in shock as I did not seek out this medication and have never taken anything like this until it was recently prescribed to me. She goes on in the letter to say that I should seek medical care quickly so I don't jeopardize my health. I called the doctors office today to talk to this doctor whom I have never met yet and is dropping me as a patient to find out what is going on and the person on the phone who answered it stated she would not speak to me and I was shocked so I then asked for the original doctor who prescribed the script and she stated that doctor had been fired and she said this was one of the reasons why. At this point I became worried that I might be facing health problems because of my doctor office prescribing something they should not have been and this became apparent to me because they fired the doctor that prescribed it. My concern is that I have been singled out as some type of drug seeking person and that I may have health problems arise from this medication that was prescribed to me. I find that I am terribly lazy all the time, short tempered and really have just lost the will to achieve anything on this prescription I am on that apparently I never needed. I seek your advice on how this should be handled. How bad are these 10 mg hydrocodones that I take 6 of everyday? How can a doctor blame me for another doctors inability to perform his duties and drop a patient like this? I am really worried here.