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I can imagine how distressing this situation must be for you. You have clearly been left in the lurch by your pain doctor. I'm sorry this has happened to you. You've been stranded and this is very unusual: doctors are trained to not abandon their patients because of emotional arguments.
But, you do have to move forward, I understand. I'm not sure, though, if the fact that fentanyl is an opioid based medication had anything to do with it. I don't know if your doctor's practice was based on prescribing opioid medications a lot and if he is trying to cut down on those prescriptions. Let me explain.
Opiate based pain relief is very effective. These medications have been prescribed more and more over the last decades as pain medicine has become a specialty. Problem: they have also become among the most widely abused prescription drugs on the street. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has taken notice. They're now keeping track of prescriptions: which pharmacies and doctors are prescribing them a lot. Some pharmacies have been closed and some doctors investigated. So all doctors are now very, very cautious.
Again, I don't know if that played a role in his decision to summarily stop prescribing the fentanyl or not. But here is the next step you must take. You need to confer with your primary care physician and describe to him/her the situation. That you have an appointment with a new pain specialist and that until that relationship is in place and the new doctor decides on the pain management treatment plan with you, you need a maintenance prescription for the fentanyl. This would be a short term prescription by your PCP so hopefully he/she will be willing to do this for you.
Okay, I wish you the very best!
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