Welcome to the Pain Management (PM) Forum. I am so sorry to hear about your poorly managed pain.... and I respectfully disagree with the NP. The key here is two fold, "hospital describes this Pain Clinic as offering treatment other thaOpioidsds" and the insightful comments made by beth that began with, "this dr probably already got into trouble"
Here's a link to information on Addiction VS Dependency. It may help you to print out part of this and take it to yprescribingbing physician. Here's the link:
In my opinion, your actions are not that of Pre-Addiction.... rather one of poorly controlled and managed Chronic Pain. I would search for a Physician that is better educated in PM. I too am on Medicare as I qualified for Social Security Disability. I am followed by a good PMP that accepts Medicare, many do. You may have to search a bit or drive a bit but the proper care will be well worth it.
I have not read the study that claims less than 1% of ppl with Chronic Pain become Addicts.... but I'm not going to split hairs. The reliable studies I have read indicate less then 4% of Chronic Pain patients ever become addicts. Regardless of which % is correct, it's small. Your Physician should know the difference between Addiction and Dependency. In my opinion she is giving false information.
I wish you the very best and encourage you to look elsewhere. One providers comments on your medical record can due damge to your reputation for years to come. It's time to move on and do so quickly!!
I hope you'll keep in touch with us. I'll watch for your updates with interest. Hang in my dear, my heart goes out to you.