Been having horrible pain for a month w/ no painkillers or relief

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I have chronic pain from endometriosis and low-mid back pain. I was seeing a pain management doctor who was giving me 10/325 Norco 4x a day and Soma 1x a day. A month ago he dismissed me from his practise due to some drug I have never heard of nor taken showing up positive in my urine drug screening. On top of that the Norco and Soma didn't show up at all in the drug screening which completely baffled me because I take them every day almost. I tried to explain that something must have not been done right but he shut me down and said he wouldn't risk his license for me. So for over a month I have had no pain meds for my 2 pain issues and I have no insurance to see another pain specialist. I'm totally screwed and I'm guessing no other doctor would prescribe meds like that. I'm in so much pain I have contemplated going to the ER but from what I read all they assume is I'm a drug addict. I've been needing a CT scan, X-ray or MRI of my back because something is seriously wrong and I feel the ER will be jerks and the same with urgent care. My only option is a primary care doctor who I can't see for over a month. 

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    Are you in the UK because here you can walk into any GP practice and ask to be seen as a temporary resident?
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    consider yourself lucky.  I asked my pain management doc to stop my meds and he said WE should wait and rethink our options until after the holidays!!  I am not saying that you do not have valid issues, I am only saying that pain management doctors have strict guidelines that they have to follow and for whatever reason your drug screen was not correct they will not take a chance on losing their license.  They have a license to give out addictive drugs and make money off of it.  Try urgent care and insist on an MRI.  They cannot turn you away.  They will most likely give you a script for something milder, and an order for an MRI.  It will show if there is any real problem going on and once you have it you have the proof you need to show your GP.  
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      I live in the U.S. and I work in healthcare.  I have seen this many times. and if you are persistent they WILL give you the order for the MRI. Then they will tell you to see your GP for the results. 
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      I've been very adament in the urgent care and ER and all they do is give me a pain shot and turn me away. Obviously I know my doctor has valid reasons to dismiss me as a patient but his practice has had numerous issues with getting drug testing submitted correctly. I've had 2 other incidences where I was once "positive" for methadone which I've never taken and another time "positive" for marijuana which I have never done while under his care. So to dismiss me on something that was half ass done really infuriates me and to also insinuate I'm selling and buying other drugs with my meds. If you have no insurance as you know in the US going to the ER or urgent care costs a fortune and I'm not wasting my time to be turned away by a biased doctor who thinks I'm a druggie seeking a new score. The most common complaint in the ER is back pain and that is my problem plus it is a red flag for drug abusers. Since your in healthcare you must know this? I'm really sick of these doctors treating me like crap and refusing to do anything because I'm not insured and to them I'm just wanting drugs.
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      I understand your trouble. I went to urgent care last week for a sore throat so bad I couldn't swallow and the only thing the doctor was concerned about was the meds I was taking which had nothing to do with a sore throat. My sister in law committed suicide last year because she could not get any help for her severe pain due to insurance runaround. I didn't mean to sound flippant in my prior response. I just know that I have seen many people get anything and every Kind Of Help AND Others nothing.
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      In the UK we are lucky to have the NHS even though it does have it's faults so I don't want ladies reading about the problems about getting help to think this is the norm in the UK. This website is a UK website so the majority of readers are in the UK and ladies do get concerned that everything they read is pertaining to our country. I know this because I've had messages from ladies. I just want to clarify that in the UK everyone has access to medical help free of charge 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Nobody who is unwell will be turned away. 
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      Oh no you didn't come off wrong or anything! I just think it's ridiculous they judge you based off of what your currently taking and certain symptoms. Like you said you had a sore throat and they were more concerned with what you were taking. I get that in one way because if they were to prescribe you something they wouldn't want it to counteract with another medication but that just sounded odd. It's literally the luck of the draw at the ER some doctors are very compassionate and others should not even be in this field.
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