That doesn't sound right. I know that if you have a prescription that is a year old you have to get a new script and they always want to see you first.
I don't know what this med is but if it is a narcotic, you have to get a written script every month from the doctor in order to fill it at the pharmacy. Maybe you just need to request a written prescription from your primary pain doctor and pick it up once a month. I have to call every month for my husbands.
I was on neurontin twice a day for six months. It did almost nothing towards relieving pain. All it did was make my head feel fuzzy. I explained all of this to my doctor. He said that neurontin is standard therapy for fibromyalgia. I asked about something for pain & he practically barked at me. He said that he didn't believe in giving pain medication for fibromyalgia patients. I went home & called another doctor. This one has been a gem. She didn't know much about fibromyalgia, so she went to a day long seminar to learn. She gave me lyrica right away. It helped a little by itself. After the seminar she added tramadol and cymbalta. I still have good and bad days.
I can absolutely identify with the shower remark. Washing my hair is torture, likewise when I use the curling iron. It has something to do with holding my arms up for an extended period of time.
As far as advise, I'd check around and find a doctor who is willing to work with this disease.
At my doctor's office, he lets me skip an occasional months visit, and call in to pick up my scripts, but honestly, it's been so much of a hassle, I'd rather just go in for the office visit every month! I've had the office staff "lose" my prescriptions for days at a time, things like that......so just for me personally, I rarely take the chance anymore, and just go in for my appointment. I'm just now recovering from my surgery too though, so next month, who knows what I'll do? :)
Maybe if you are in a pain clinic is would be different. I am in a pain management clinic and I just call my pain patches and Norco in to them every 3 weeks, and that gives them 1 week to fill them. But I don't ever see the doctor and I have been with the clinic for a long time. I email the doctor or the pharmacist any questions and they either call me back or send an email. I wanted to bump up my Norco because of my RNY and the pain still in my hips and bad in my knees but they just bumped up my patch to 50mcg, that way I get all the meds and I only use the Norco for the breakthrough. I would see if you could get into a pain clinic. They are better then the reg pcp. These doctors aren't afraid to write the triplicates. Give it a try and see if you can find one and let us know how it goes for you. take care, Kristy