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    Aug 30, 2016, 03:29 PM
    Had urine test and alcohol was found, I don't drink. Why did this happen?
    My pain management dr took a urine test and it came back positive for alcohol. I do not drink how can this happen? I am a female 69 yr old. He says if it happens again he will no longer treat me. Help
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    Aug 30, 2016, 04:58 PM
    Why would he stop treating you because alcohol is found in your urine? Are you restricted, because of health issues, from drinking alcohol?

    This test must have been a very sensitive test if it detected alcohol when you don't drink alcohol.

    ETG tests can detect alcohol if you use products with alcohol in them, like cough medicine, mouthwash, etc. etc on a regular basis. But a normal urine test would not detect those things.

    Either the test is wrong, or you're not being honest about your alcohol consumption. Either way, your doctor has the right to remove you as a patient at any time.

    Good luck.
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    Aug 30, 2016, 06:00 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Alty View Post
    Why would he stop treating you because alcohol is found in your urine? .
    Due to increased use and abuse, pain doctors are required to release patients from treatment if they don't meet certain criteria.

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