Running out of meds again

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jenpen400
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   Posted 10/17/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I suffer from DDD and have three herniated disks in my neck 2 weeks ago I was on my way back from the pizza place when a motorcycle lost control landed in a ditch across the road from me. There were 2 young riders in shorts and they were pined underneath. I knew the tail pipes were on the side they were stuck under 'cause boyfriend has a HD sportster too. So I run over and lifted the bike. I don't know how I did it. I can't lift my 4 year old. Well they were fine but when I got home I reallized I had really screwed up my lower back. I can hardly walk. I can't even wipe my freaken butt in the morning. Well I'm supposed to see my regular Dr. on Wednesday for refills but now they can't see me untill the 29th!!!!!!!! because they won't have an MD  I asked if I could go to one of there other 5 offices to see an Md. but they won't transfer patients on controlled substances. BTW I have to find another Dr because they no longer want to practice pain management. I have no insurance little money 2 kids I can't work my father is dieing from malignant melinoma. I have been having severe stomach pain can't sleep can't eat. I don't know what to do. I can't afford to look around for a Dr besides they would just think I'm an addict. I live in San Antonio TX any suggestions? I really need some help I feel guillty saying this but I'm thinking of suicide. My father is fighting for whatever he has left. I can't abandon my children and I feel so guilty.
 
thanks
 
jennifer

kara487
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   Posted 10/17/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I would go to the er explain your situation I know its a temporary fix but they would give you pain meds temprarily.
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   Posted 10/17/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Jennifer,
What a heroic act for you to have done! You saved two lives! And it's criminal that you have to pay this price.

Did you go to the ER after you lifted the motorcycle, or at least is there a police report? Because that might help you get some well-deserved sympathy AND medical care. I might even call a lawyer and see if what you did could be in any way connected with the accident and if you could recoup some medical costs through the insurance of the motorcycle driver. And even if not, perhpas they'd be willing to help you consideirng you saved their lives!

There also should be some community mental health programs around. Please call one, or at least call the suicide hotline - it's 1-800-SUICIDE. PLEASE call them. You have children to live for who need you, but I understand your feeling overwhelmed right now. We can help you with support, but you need to make a few calls to help yourself.

And here's a thought - this looks like a story the media would love as a human interest, and you may get some help not only from programs but kind hearted citizens who can offer money and other forms of support. Forget your pride for the moment - and trust me, I know that's hard to do - but what you did was save two people's lives. Please, get some help, and call a local newspaper or tv station and tell them your story. I'll bet someone will pick up on it.

PaLady
BTW how could you lift the motorcycle? Because in times when we're faced with a serious impending threat our bodies shoot off a huge amount of adrenalain and shut down pain receptors so we can do some amazing things for a very short time. Like lift a motorcycle. It doesn't mean you won't feel the effects of that action later, but in those rare moments our bodies can do amazing things.

Post Edited (PAlady) : 10/17/2008 12:54:35 PM (GMT-6)


jenpen400
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   Posted 10/17/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks a few kind words go along way. I hadn't really thought about the ER because I have unpaid medical bills but I think I qualify for medicaid I have no income. Hospitals are pretty good at getting Medicaid pushed through then they love you can't perform enough tests on you. If I go in psych they might be able refer me to pain management I know pain and depression go hand in hand pain may not be life threating but severe depression is. Just thinking out loud.
 
thanks
 
jennifer
 

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/17/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Jenpen,
You are lucky to have a fine speaker like Palady. Listen to her.
Pain is a terrible thing. Just terrible.
You are a hero.
Pamela VIII

Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 10/17/2008 6:43:19 PM (GMT-6)


Blessedx8
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   Posted 10/17/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Jennifer,

Just want you to know that you did a courageous thing :)  I'm sorry you are suffering - both mentally and physically.  Like you said, depression can be worse than the other stuff.  Believe me - I know. 

I know you probably know this - but when I feel like you do, I just focus on my kids.  I know that no matter how much I personally want to "give up" - I just don't have that option.  No matter how you look at it - your kids are better off with you than without you.  They need a mom.  I have to tell myself that a lot - that even on my worst day...at least they have a mom that loves them and is trying.  That's all you can do.  I remember days where I just wanted to get in bed and never get out.  There WERE days that I was in bed for days at a time.  I was so depressed that I am so ill and in pain.  I finally got to the point where I needed to make a choice.  Even with the HUGE depression, I decided to make little goals (although, for me, they were HUGE tasks).  I decided to get out of bed, even if I just made it to the couch.  I decided to take a shower each morning (even though the shower worsened my heart condition) and get dressed in comfy clothes. 

I can't tell you how little things like this made the biggest change in life around here.  My kids saw me fighting through the pain, illness and depression.  But it was ONLY because of them that I was able to do it. 

Don't know if this helps...but just focus on your little ones... AND try to find the best doctors you can find.  It is very important.  Hang in there, Jennifer           --Tina


BionicWoman
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   Posted 10/18/2008 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
This may sound silly, but did you remind your doctors office that your medications are scheduled to run out before the appointment they've rescheduled for you? 
 
I've never had  a doctor not attend to medications running out (on schedule) if they've rescheduled the appointment because the doctor was unavailable.   They should be able to write for or call in enough medication to compensate for the difference between this Wednesday and the 29th.  Since you don't have insurance, it's not even like you lose the copay for the week versus the month of medication.  

jenpen400
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   Posted 10/18/2008 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   

They know I will be out. I'm very afraid because I'm on 10 mg norco 4x day tramadol 6x day Zanax 1mg 3x day soma 3x day prozac 40mg  ambien 1x day not only am I going to be in pain but possibly withdrawl.

thanks

jennifer


ekkorose
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   Posted 10/18/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Jennifer,

Do you have a primary care doctor that can contact their office for you? Maybe another professional will make the realize the effects of their actions by changing your appt date.

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crps
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   Posted 10/18/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jen,

Your post reads running out of meds AGAIN,

If this is true, then that is probably why you are having a problem. I have never been reschedualed without being seen by a covering doctor or been in touch with my primary doctor who would then prescribe scrips untill your doctor will be available.

But like ekkorose said your primary should be able to call your prescribing pain doc and solve your problem.

                                   Kind regards

                                            Mike

P.S. Great job helping out people in the accident.


ekkorose
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   Posted 10/18/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
CRPS.

From what I understand, the only reason she is running out of meds is because of the reschedule, otherwise she would be ok....

Hysterectomy at 25

4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

Cervical stenosis in C3 & C4

_____________________________________________

 

Meds - vicodin : nexium : xanax :

Supplements : calcium : magenesium :potassium : milk thistle : fish oil : B complex : vit E

____________________________________________

In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz 


PAlady
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   Posted 10/18/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Mike does raise a good points, though. Jen - how often has this happened before? Because that could make all the difference, especially with pain meds. However, there's no real good reason to run out of prozac or ambien early, as these should only be daily doses. If you're taking more of the other meds than prescribed, that's going to be frowned on, to say the least.

BUT most of these meds. can have refills called into your pharmacy, and that's especially important with the prozac. I'd call the doctor's office back again and ask to speak to a nurse, and explain some of the meds you're on will cause withdrawal problems, and could they call in at least some of the non-narcotic (most of these meds are) refills for you. If you're running out of things like xanax and tramadol early on a regular basis, they are addictive, and maybe your pain management regimine needs to be reviewed. But you can speak with them and at least ask for refills until you can discuss this with your doc at your appointment.

PaLady

jenpen400
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   Posted 10/19/2008 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I just typed a big reply only to have my connection go down. First thanks for all replies you are a life line right now. On running out of meds several times have been because of reschedualed appt, several times I'v run a few days short cause My bad. I have been on the same dose for two years and I think both the pain is worse and the pain meds are losing effectiveness. My Doctor was in pain managment but is changing to family practice because well we all know how hard the DEA makes it for Dr's I'm just glad he has helped as long as he can anything is better than nothing. As far as his office staff doing anything to help besides give me another appt. forget about it they want us gone. Their attitude is cold and almost hostil pain pt's are just a big pain to them. Every month I give them a list of what I have and what I need every month they hand back RX's with errors and when I ask them to correct it they roll their eyes and to punish me they make me wait another hour in the office I usually wait 4 to 5 hours in the waitng room before being seen and I never complain even though I'm in agony because I can't hold my head up for more than 2-4 hours before I have severe nerve pain and musle spasms.
 
thanks again
 
jennifer

PAlady
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   Posted 10/19/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Jennifer,
It sounds like you really need to look for another doctor, and somehow get the energy up to do that. Since your doctor is changing his practice, you might ask for their help for a referral to a pain management specialist who will accept your insurance. You said in your first post you fear looking like an addict; the more you take increased meds. on your own the more you will appear that way. Dependence does develop in our bodies, and it's possible your body is developing some tolerance. If I were you I would get the phone book and look for clinics that may take your insurance in your area. You're in a city, fortunately. Try to see if there's a pain clinic associated with a hospital. Since your doctor doesn't want to see pain patients any more, you're probably going to get the same treatment there. I would just pressure them (nicely, although I know that's hard) to help you find another doctor who treats pain.

PaLady

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   Posted 10/19/2008 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
PA, Jennifer does not have any health insurance. Susie


PAlady
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   Posted 10/19/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Stray -
Yes, thanks for making me clarify. I was somewhat referring to Jen's thought that she likely qualifies for Medicaid. And I'd certainly urge Jen to apply. So I was thinking of making sure any other doctor would accept Medicaid.

I sitll think this would make a great human interest story for some media outlet, and that Jennifer might get some help that way - at least to tide her over for awhile. In addition, that would likely help her find resources in her local community that might help her for the longer run.

PaLady

jenpen400
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   Posted 10/19/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep as hard as it is I've come to the realization that I need treatment that they can't provide I'm a lot scared I'm sure a lot of people know how hard it is trying to find a new Dr. The Dr's office
 will be happy to do the referals But they know right now I have no insurance. I just have to pray I get a good Dr. I'll try to think positive although I've heard of a few Dr.s that take you off everything put you on visteril tel you to get off your behind. Think positive think positive new treatment better treatment less pain at least I have you guys for moral support.
 
thanks jennifer
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