My current meds are: Methadone 10mg (One 4xday), Oxycodone 30mg (One every 4 hours), Morphine ER 30mg (1 @ bedtime), Prednisone 10mg (1 a day),
Leflinomide (arava) 10mg (1 a day). I haven't been able to get to my Rheumatologist because I am not insured right now. My pain management dr prescribes all but the Leflinomide. I have only been to the RA doc twice so far. I lost my medical insurance when I was approved for disability last October. There is a 2 yr wait for Medicare and I am so confused as to what insurance to purchase. Last month I agreed to SmartHealth Advantage Choice for $125 /month and it looks like it is only a discount program for prescriptions and services. I need to drop them and call around for real insurance. On top of the RA I was also diagnosed with Psoratic A.
I am sorry this is so long. I know you are thinking that I am being pumped with medication that just masks the problem. Last year before I was able to get my initial appt with RA doc, my PM doc had me on 40mgs Methadone 4 times a day, and I was able to work, attend classes, be a mom, a daughter, & a sister. When I went for my monthly PM appt, I was told that the DEA is making him lower the doses of Methadone due to several people overdosing, having heart attacks and dying. I was cut from 4 to 2 tablets, 4x/day. It was Thanksgiving/Christmas and I was having withdrawls the whole month. My next monthly PM appt was cut to 1 tablet, 4x/day & the Morphine was added because I could not sleep and the pain meds still arent working. I am so angry that I am bedridden for maybe 3-4 days a week because Joe Shmo didnt know how to take his meds without dying. Do you think my doc is telling the truth? I practically begged him today to increase the Methadone dose and he said he couldnt because of the DEA, but he would be happy to inject my joints with medication. Nope, been there, done that!!!!