I have been a patient of my pain doctor's for almost a decade now. I've always attended my appointments, followed the dr's instructions, filled my rx's appropriately and recently my dr. started charging all his patients $25 to mail them their rx on the months they do not have an office visit. This equates to about $225/year each patient. There is actually talk they want to raise it! This month I sent in my check with my note and they cashed the check but didn't send my Fentanyl. I sent it in enough time so that there would be time to get there, get processed and get to me but two weeks later I still didn't have it and I started calling but nobody would return my call. Finally I got ahold of one of the administrators on a Friday and she said she was sorry, it got misplaced and that somebody was in trouble. I then explained once again that I was out of my Fentanyl and going into terrible withdrawal (it had been one week since I'd had any) and even though the law states a doctor can call it in to a pharmacy provided an original is brought in within 4 days the doctor wouldn't authorize it and I didn't get the feeling she tried hard. It wasn't until the next day that she called in a few lortab which is not an opiate and which does very little when you are in major withdrawal from an opiate. I was having serious heart palpitations, trembling, night sweats, insomnia, back and leg spasms, and felt so depressed and anxious (like someone was constantly picking at my brain) that I felt like I really might have to think about ending it. Obviously, this was from the withdrawal cause I have never felt this way before. Three days later (still no fentanyl) the dr. office then made me drive 1 1/2 hours to their office to get the rx that they were suppose to have sent weeks ago. They apologized but then they turned around and told me that instead of coming back for my 4 mo. appt. they wanted me to start coming every month. I was dumbfounded that I was having my rx procedure changed because of an error that they freely admit was theirs. Because of the frightening and drawn out withdrawal situation, my entire daily life is revolving around thinking about and worrying about whether I am going to have this happen again and whether the next time I will be able to control myself or not. I'm also having nightmares every night about what happened. I don't want to go into withdrawal again, I barely made it out of this one, and I've read that you aren't suppose to go cold turkey and yet my dr. knew this was happening and sat back and did nothing. When I went to the office nobody there even checked to see how I was doing and I was in terrible shape. These days my life is nothing like it was, I am extremely on edge, frustrated, and have trouble concentrating on anything or sleeping. I was just getting started on a hobby that I was hoping would bring me some pleasure since so much of my life these past ten years have revolved around my pain and what I could do that wouldn't make the pain worse. Do I have any grounds for a lawsuit on the basis of intentional physical and emotional affliction? Some other grounds? Loss of enjoyment of life? Something? His office has admitted that they really messed things up by not sending my rx, admitted that they cashed the check, admitted that they got my phone messages, and yet once they knew I was in withdrawal and needed their assistance they did not help and even made me drive a long, dangerous road for me to get my rx when they legally could have phoned it in. I'm really getting the feeling that a lot of these doctors think that it's a little game with pain patients,,,hook them on something strong like opiate,,,and then let's see how many crazy hoops we can get them to jump through for their meds,,,,and I'm sick of the whole thing. The physical pain I have is more than enough, I just don't need anymore pain. I wish there was something more people could do to report doctors like this. Any advice or suggestions would be great. Thanks.