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DavyDave
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   Posted 2/14/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I have chronic upper back and neck pain because of Scroliosis (sp). I had the surgery at 18 years old and I've been in pain ever since.
 
In December of '08 my old doctor took a drug test and he found Oxycodone in my system. I was prescribed Vicodin. I don't know how oxycodone was found in my system. I swear to God. He took me off of it and started treating me like crap. All of December I started to panic and I went to a detox clinic and was placed on Suboxone. It did nothing for my back pain and my body couldn't tolerate it. I was on 16mg and when I woke up I felt numb all over my body. I was rushed to the ER. They managed to drop my dose to 2mg. Still I was having problems with fatigue. I just couldn't handle the drug so I decided to stop the drug cold turkey. Luckly I had little to no withdrawal symptoms.
 
But the pain was still there. I needed to find another doctor. So I found one, I told her everything and she seems to believe me. I told her I wanted to be placed on Vicodin. It's been the only drug to manage my pain. Unfortunatly she said she needed to go over my old doctor's medical records before she can make a decision. I am very scared about this. She finally got the medicial records this week. I asked to see her sooner because the medication she prescribed(Ultram/Tramadol) doesn't work at all. So, it's all up to her.  I'm scared of her decision. If I can't see her sooner then I have to wait 5 weeks until my next appointment with her. Hopefully she can see me next week.  The pain is so bad that I can't even work. I should of found a new doctor in december rather then get Suboxone, but I was afraid of the withdrawals.
 
I'm not a drug addict. Even my old doctor before I left his practice told me he knew I never abused my drugs. He just can't give me Vicodin anymore.

Post Edited (DavyDave) : 2/14/2009 5:10:55 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 2/14/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Davy,
Welcome to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well. I'm so sorry you have to be here, and for what you're going through. I'm not sure how old you are now, but it sounds like you had the scoliosis surgery in your teens. Did it correct the curvature at all?

We're not doctors here, but I thought (and this is just my opinion) that vicodin was chemically somewhat similar to oxycodone, but not as strong. Asking your pharmacist (or your doctor) might help. There are so many different tests that can be run that I wonder if the vicodin was picked up on the test but labeled as oxycodone. It's just a thought, and I could be completely off base.

Is your doctor that you're seeing now a pain management specialist or just your PCP? I would definitely suggest at least a consult with a PM specialist if you're going to be on long term pain meds. You may have to do urine screens and such for awhile, and maybe you could even offer to. And over time build up trust with this new doctor.

Hope this helps a bit. Again, welcome.

PaLady
One thing - I would suggest not asking for a specific drug with your doctor. As you said, it's up to her. But you can say what does and doesn't work for you.

Post Edited (PAlady) : 2/14/2009 5:18:07 PM (GMT-7)


DavyDave
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   Posted 2/14/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi PAlady,
 
Thanks for the quick response. Yes, the surgery did make the 92 degree curve into a 33 degree curve. The doctor I'm seeing now is just a plain old MD. She told me if she does prescribe me Vicodin I will have to sign a Pain managment contract. She will give me frequent drug tests and she'll even call me up randomly and ask me to bring me my pills so she can count them to see if I'm overtaking. She also said that she will put me in rehab for my back and send me to a pain managment clinic.
 
I had a hard time finding her. No one else was excepting new patients. So she's my last hope to make me feel comfortable again. If I sign this contract I don't see why she wouldn't prescribe me Vicodin. But there's always a chance she won't.

Post Edited (DavyDave) : 2/14/2009 5:47:13 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 2/14/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Davy,
Signing the contract is pretty standard if you're seeing a pm specialist, and any doctor can require one if they're prescribing narcotics. And the drug screens, too. In your case, I would think of them as a way to rebuild trust. But be sure your take your meds exactly as prescribed, and if you're called in for a random screen, you want to let them know when you took your last pill, etc., and that way if the levels is a little off they'll know. If I were you, I'd do a little research into what kind of tests are run, because there are many kinds of urine screens and you want to be sure yours will be accurate as far as what you're taking.

If you've not had any physical therapy or other modalities, then certainly you should be evaluated for them. When we have long term pain issues, we need to do a variety of things, not just medications. You sound like you're still fairly young (I could be wrong!) and if that's the case doctors will want to move very slowly with meds, if it seems like you're going to need them for the rest of your life. I don't know if other surgeries are planned, or what the prognosis is from your surgeon.

This is a great group for support, so feel free to join in anywhere.

PaLady

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   Posted 2/15/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Davy and welcome to Healing Well. I do sympathize with you in the need for surgery at such a young age due to the scoliosis. But, I also know in many instances surgery helped many in terrible pain from the disease.

What happened to you is awful, but its very common today with these different companies doing the drug screening. More than one has screwed up some person's UA and caused them nothing but pure grief. It makes the dr immediately distrust his patient and in some instances be kicked out of a pain program.

I am very glad to hear you have found another dr to take over your care. But, I have a feeling once your old records are reviewed she may be somewhat leery of you. So, the only thing you can do is build up her trust by doing the responsible thing and thats adhere to her guidelines. Signing a pain Contract has nothing to do with whether this dr will give you vicodin or not. You have to know vicodin is one of the big sought out pain killers by the illegals community. Matter of fact, most drs get their hackles up when a patient comes in and asks specifically for a drug, that usually sends a red flag up to the dr. Its always best to let the dr ask you what you have taken in the past and whats helped. It sounds very much like your dr has a good plan of action lined out for you in an effort to get to your pain levels down and get you functioning.

 

Keep us posted on how you are coming along.....Susie



DavyDave
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   Posted 2/15/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady said...
Davy,
Signing the contract is pretty standard if you're seeing a pm specialist, and any doctor can require one if they're prescribing narcotics. And the drug screens, too. In your case, I would think of them as a way to rebuild trust. But be sure your take your meds exactly as prescribed, and if you're called in for a random screen, you want to let them know when you took your last pill, etc., and that way if the levels is a little off they'll know. If I were you, I'd do a little research into what kind of tests are run, because there are many kinds of urine screens and you want to be sure yours will be accurate as far as what you're taking.

If you've not had any physical therapy or other modalities, then certainly you should be evaluated for them. When we have long term pain issues, we need to do a variety of things, not just medications. You sound like you're still fairly young (I could be wrong!) and if that's the case doctors will want to move very slowly with meds, if it seems like you're going to need them for the rest of your life. I don't know if other surgeries are planned, or what the prognosis is from your surgeon.

This is a great group for support, so feel free to join in anywhere.

PaLady
 
Hi PALady,
 
I'm 28 years old. I've been on Darvocet for around 8 years and then on Vicodin for the past year. The only reason why I was put on Vicodin was because my Othopedic doctor recommended the drug to my old PCP. Vicodin made the pain disappear. Just taking 4 pills a day.  Now, I'm praying to God that I'll be put back on it. I'm afraid that I'll never be comfortable again. I'm allergic to Asprin and Ibuprufin. So the pain meds that I can take are few and far between. I have a very low tolerance to drugs.

Post Edited (DavyDave) : 2/15/2009 2:39:30 PM (GMT-7)


DavyDave
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   Posted 2/15/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
straydog said...

Hi Davy and welcome to Healing Well. I do sympathize with you in the need for surgery at such a young age due to the scoliosis. But, I also know in many instances surgery helped many in terrible pain from the disease.

What happened to you is awful, but its very common today with these different companies doing the drug screening. More than one has screwed up some person's UA and caused them nothing but pure grief. It makes the dr immediately distrust his patient and in some instances be kicked out of a pain program.

I am very glad to hear you have found another dr to take over your care. But, I have a feeling once your old records are reviewed she may be somewhat leery of you. So, the only thing you can do is build up her trust by doing the responsible thing and thats adhere to her guidelines. Signing a pain Contract has nothing to do with whether this dr will give you vicodin or not. You have to know vicodin is one of the big sought out pain killers by the illegals community. Matter of fact, most drs get their hackles up when a patient comes in and asks specifically for a drug, that usually sends a red flag up to the dr. Its always best to let the dr ask you what you have taken in the past and whats helped. It sounds very much like your dr has a good plan of action lined out for you in an effort to get to your pain levels down and get you functioning.

 

Keep us posted on how you are coming along.....Susie

I would rather be on Darvocet again then stay on Ultram. The drug never helps the pain. I'm sorry now that I just brought up Vicodin to her. She may also want my records to see if I'm telling the truth being on these kinds of drugs.

I was truthful with her all about what the doctor was accusing me of (selling the Vicodin...yeah that's why I dress in rags and depend on people driving me around). I believe she already read my records. I called up Friday to see if she could see me sooner rather then wait 5 weeks for my next appointment. Her recieptionist said she would have to ask her. I'll hopefully hear back this week.

Anyway, it kind of sucks right now that I have to lay down because the pain is so bad.

Post Edited (DavyDave) : 2/15/2009 2:42:02 PM (GMT-7)


PAlady
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   Posted 2/15/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Davy,
Do you do anything else to try to manage (notice I said manage, not cure) your pain - such as using heat/ice, etc? Have you ever tried accupuncture? It does help some people, although it's generally not a cure and sadly, most insurances don't cover it.

You can also learn a lot by reading other threads.

Take care,

PaLady

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   Posted 2/15/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thinking positive thoughts for you. I pray you get the relief you deserve. Just be honest and direct look your Dr in the eye and lay out your problems and how it effects your life. Its then that the Dr's make decisions based on their training. It took me almost a year before I was RX'd Hydrocodone.

Good Luck
jennifer
Chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, and Depression. Norco Soma Ambien Xanax Tramadol and Prozac.


DavyDave
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   Posted 2/15/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady said...
Davy,
Do you do anything else to try to manage (notice I said manage, not cure) your pain - such as using heat/ice, etc? Have you ever tried accupuncture? It does help some people, although it's generally not a cure and sadly, most insurances don't cover it.

You can also learn a lot by reading other threads.

Take care,

PaLady
PALady, accupuncture has never crossed my mind, to be honest. I try to get out and exterise because I have my grandfather's voice tattooed in my mind. "Walk and you'll get better!" So I go to the local mall and walk a few laps inside of it. But then I go home and I'm forced to lay down in bed because the pain is so bad. The heat pads work, but for a short time.

DavyDave
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   Posted 2/15/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
jenpen400 said...
Thinking positive thoughts for you. I pray you get the relief you deserve. Just be honest and direct look your Dr in the eye and lay out your problems and how it effects your life. Its then that the Dr's make decisions based on their training. It took me almost a year before I was RX'd Hydrocodone.

Good Luck
jennifer

 
Thank you Jennifer. I too have anxiety and I'm prescribed Klonopin. I told my Physciatrist, the one who prescribes me Klonopin and he can't believe what's my old doctor was accusing me of. He feels sorry for me. Klonopin is also controlled substance and he knows that I've never abused it.

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   Posted 2/15/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Davy,
If you've never seen a physical therapist, I'd strongly suggest you talk with your doctor about it. No, it's not going to cure the remaining curvature, but your body has likely "adapted" by pulling and straining certain muscles, lengthening some while shortening others. Some types of activity may help, but some may hurt. You may be overdoing it. A good PT can show you maybe some stretch routines, get you on a program that's designed for you. The "no pain no gain" theory does NOT work - especially for us CPP's, so even if you're walking, you may be doing too much, going too fast. You're also walking on a hard surface if you go to hte mall, which is more stressful on joints.

Another thing is that talking with a therapist (psychologist, clinical social worker,, etc) who deals with chronic pain may also help you see how you can adapt your life in the future. I'd suggest talking with your doctor about these things - PT, acupuncture, massage, etc. - as well as medication. This will help you manage pain in the long run, and you'll have to look at the long run, sadly. But the more you learn about different approaches, what may help, what hurts, etc. the better you'll do.

PaLady
oops! Almost forgot deep relaxation can also help. There are many avenues for this, but some of the best material is produced by Belleruth Naparstek (I have no financial connection with her or her website). You can listen to snippets of her CD's for free at healthjourneys.com. She does have one for chronic pain, and also for anxiet & panic attacks.

Post Edited (PAlady) : 2/15/2009 3:00:53 PM (GMT-7)


DavyDave
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   Posted 2/15/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Also, I have been wanting another surgery for a long time but the doctors have never wanted to do it. One thing is that one of the rods in my back is split in half because I fell on the ice and landed on my back.

DavyDave
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   Posted 2/15/2009 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
PAlady said...
Davy,
If you've never seen a physical therapist, I'd strongly suggest you talk with your doctor about it. No, it's not going to cure the remaining curvature, but your body has likely "adapted" by pulling and straining certain muscles, lengthening some while shortening others. Some types of activity may help, but some may hurt. You may be overdoing it. A good PT can show you maybe some stretch routines, get you on a program that's designed for you. The "no pain no gain" theory does NOT work - especially for us CPP's, so even if you're walking, you may be doing too much, going too fast. You're also walking on a hard surface if you go to hte mall, which is more stressful on joints.

Another thing is that talking with a therapist (psychologist, clinical social worker,, etc) who deals with chronic pain may also help you see how you can adapt your life in the future. I'd suggest talking with your doctor about these things - PT, acupuncture, massage, etc. - as well as medication. This will help you manage pain in the long run, and you'll have to look at the long run, sadly. But the more you learn about different approaches, what may help, what hurts, etc. the better you'll do.

PaLady
oops! Almost forgot deep relaxation can also help. There are many avenues for this, but some of the best material is produced by Belleruth Naparstek (I have no financial connection with her or her website). You can listen to snippets of her CD's for free at healthjourneys.com. She does have one for chronic pain, and also for anxiet & panic attacks.
PALady, this new doctor is gonna send me to physical therapy. She told me that if she puts me on Vicodin. She does that to all her patients on Narcotics. Also she gives everyone random drug screenings and random pill counting. She didn't tell me that because she don't trust me.(not to my knowledge) She gave me a copy of the Pain management contract. It explains everything. I told her I was willing to sign my name on the dotted line, but at the time she said that she wanted to read my medical records.

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   Posted 2/15/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Ouch, Dave! No wonder you're in pain. I hope you've been evaluated by some top notch surgeons - maybe a teaching hospital who specializes in cases like yours?

PaLady

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   Posted 2/16/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Dave, I cant beleive they put you on Suboxone if you where just taking 4 vicodins a day, and on 16mgs, wow. Even 2mgs was way too much for you. Suboxone really is a wonderful drug but when it's prescribed right, but whoever gave it to you should not be a doctor allowed to prescribe it at all, it would have probably killed you if it wasnt for the naloxone in it. I take between 16-24mgs a day and I was taking about close to 300mgs in methadone a day that was prescribed by a pain specialist, so we have completly diffrent tolerences in pain meds, and you taking 16mgs in suboxone was overkill. People seem to forget that suboxone is a very very strong drug (50 times stronger then morphine) and should be prescribed carefully (thats why doctors have to be qualified to prescribe it). Also to your drug tests, about 6 years ago I was taking the fentanyl patches with Actiq and I got hired at Walmart and they made me go for a drug tests (they do to everyone before they start working) and they said I came up positive for Morphine, which I hadnt even touched morphine at that time so I fought with them, even had my doctor and pharmacist call, but they wouldnt beleive them or me so I couldnt start working which set me into a severe depression and decided to get on disabilty instead. Some of these drug tests are not right at all, or they dont know how some of these drug metabolize in our systems diffrently from others, so hopefully your new doctor will know this and give you a chance. And alot of doctors will give someone a 2nd chance but they are very strict for a while so If she does give you that chance I wouldn' get offended if you feel she's being hard on you for a while.

-hellokitty
I have Migraines, Pancreatic Divisum, Severe lower back pain (possibly turned to arthiritis from lack of treatment), Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic, had glallbladder stones at 14yrs old, gallbladder removed at 15yrs old, 2 severe car accidents in '05
Meds: Suboxone 8mg 3xday for pain, Cymbalta 60mg @ night for depression & Fibro,
Lyrica @ night for Migraines and Fibro, Treximet as needed for Migraines,
Ventolin Albuterol Inhaler as needed for Asthma Attacks.
Chocolate as needed daily
Been on Diability since I was 22 for Migraines and chronic Pancreatitas but going to college Spring '09 to be a nurse
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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
My new PCP wants to see me next Tuesday @ 3:50pm and she wants to keep the original appointment as a follow-up. I'm hoping this is a good sign.

DavyDave
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   Posted 2/16/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello~Kitty said...
Dave, I cant beleive they put you on Suboxone if you where just taking 4 vicodins a day, and on 16mgs, wow. Even 2mgs was way too much for you. Suboxone really is a wonderful drug but when it's prescribed right, but whoever gave it to you should not be a doctor allowed to prescribe it at all, it would have probably killed you if it wasnt for the naloxone in it. I take between 16-24mgs a day and I was taking about close to 300mgs in methadone a day that was prescribed by a pain specialist, so we have completly diffrent tolerences in pain meds, and you taking 16mgs in suboxone was overkill. People seem to forget that suboxone is a very very strong drug (50 times stronger then morphine) and should be prescribed carefully (thats why doctors have to be qualified to prescribe it). Also to your drug tests, about 6 years ago I was taking the fentanyl patches with Actiq and I got hired at Walmart and they made me go for a drug tests (they do to everyone before they start working) and they said I came up positive for Morphine, which I hadnt even touched morphine at that time so I fought with them, even had my doctor and pharmacist call, but they wouldnt beleive them or me so I couldnt start working which set me into a severe depression and decided to get on disabilty instead. Some of these drug tests are not right at all, or they dont know how some of these drug metabolize in our systems diffrently from others, so hopefully your new doctor will know this and give you a chance. And alot of doctors will give someone a 2nd chance but they are very strict for a while so If she does give you that chance I wouldn' get offended if you feel she's being hard on you for a while.

-hellokitty

 
Thank you Kitty. You're right the dose of Suboxone was too strong. I was going to a drug detox clinic because I was just too afraid of the withdrawals of the Vicodin and I think they just give that dose to everyone going there. No matter what drug they were on before. My old PCP but me between a rock and a hard place. He didn't even give me enough Vicodin to taper off. The detox clinic was an awful place, and I will never go there again. Even 2mgs was just too strong. They wouldn't brake the 2mg pill in half and give me 1mg a day instead. I was forced to go there every single day. Luckly I was only on the stuff for 19 days. So I had little to no withdrawal symptoms.

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   Posted 2/16/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
dave, you had to go everyday?? Wow, I could never do that, the doctor I go to (not a clinic) only makes me come once a month and then after 6 months I go every 2 months. My doctor is a general doctor but is also specialized in addiction medicine and is one of the best doctor's I 've ever been to, if it wasnt for the fact hat he's and hour and half away I would make him my reguluar doctor but I cant drive that far everytime I need to see a doctor, that would be too much of an incoveince. Suboxone is not a one size fits all, and if the clinic you went to wouldnt let you cut the 2mg pils then do they just make you jump off of 2mgs?? because even that is a very high dose, but I know alot of these methadone clinics that are now doing suboxone are just in it for the money, because they are just after keeping you hooked so they can get rich. Well I hope everything gets figured out for you, i know if I ever took hydros i would end up in the hospital cause they make me vomit like crazy, actually everytime I even think about them I get sick to my stomach.

-hellokitty
I have Migraines, Pancreatic Divisum, Severe lower back pain (possibly turned to arthiritis from lack of treatment), Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic, had glallbladder stones at 14yrs old, gallbladder removed at 15yrs old, 2 severe car accidents in '05
Meds: Suboxone 8mg 3xday for pain, Cymbalta 60mg @ night for depression & Fibro,
Lyrica @ night for Migraines and Fibro, Treximet as needed for Migraines,
Ventolin Albuterol Inhaler as needed for Asthma Attacks.
Chocolate as needed daily
Been on Diability since I was 22 for Migraines and chronic Pancreatitas but going to college Spring '09 to be a nurse
"Some days I just wish I was a missing person!"
"I'm not spoiled, I deserve all my stuff"  -Happybunny


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   Posted 2/17/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello~Kitty said...
dave, you had to go everyday?? Wow, I could never do that, the doctor I go to (not a clinic) only makes me come once a month and then after 6 months I go every 2 months. My doctor is a general doctor but is also specialized in addiction medicine and is one of the best doctor's I 've ever been to, if it wasnt for the fact hat he's and hour and half away I would make him my reguluar doctor but I cant drive that far everytime I need to see a doctor, that would be too much of an incoveince. Suboxone is not a one size fits all, and if the clinic you went to wouldnt let you cut the 2mg pils then do they just make you jump off of 2mgs?? because even that is a very high dose, but I know alot of these methadone clinics that are now doing suboxone are just in it for the money, because they are just after keeping you hooked so they can get rich. Well I hope everything gets figured out for you, i know if I ever took hydros i would end up in the hospital cause they make me vomit like crazy, actually everytime I even think about them I get sick to my stomach.

-hellokitty

Yeah I hear most people come off Suboxone drug at .5 mg. I guess I was fortunate to have little to no withdrawals. The clinic wanted me to give me a 2mg pill every other day I thought that was ridiculous so I just stopped going. ;) It was foolish of me going to a drug rehab clinic when all I needed was another PCP. Everytime I went there I asked myself "Why am I here?"
 

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   Posted 2/17/2009 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Davydave kitty is so right about work place drug test.They need a DR. who knows how meds. brake down in your body.15 years ago I had a drug test that said I had morphine in my body.What I really had was a cough medication with codeine in it and I had told them that I was taking it because I had bronchitis.I had to get the pharmacy to call them and tell them that it could show up like that and then I had to tell the that I was getting a lawyer.After that thay double checked with there Pharmacist then gave me my job back.
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   Posted 2/17/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Davy glad to see your dr is letting you come in early. Let us know how the appt went and hang in there....Susie


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   Posted 2/18/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have my heart in my mouth for next Tuesday. All I want is to comfortable again. :(

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   Posted 2/18/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Davy, I understand. Lets just hope that next Tuesday will be the beginning of a new deal for you. I am glad to see your new dr at least has a plan of action with her patients. I think it will be a good new start for you in getting some help. Just hang on the best you can teill Tuesday and see what happens? Does this new dr know about the rod problem you have going on and the need for more surgery? Perhaps if she has reviewed your records she will see that you have many problems that will would justify giving you decent pain meds. Don't be surprised if she wants to try a diffferent pain med than vicodin. As long as it is something that will work who cares. Just don't dig your heels in on it being vicodin or nothing. You already know how hard it is to find a dr so lets give her a chance the same as she is giving you a chance. Keeping my fingers & toes crossed for good luck....Susie


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   Posted 2/18/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Susie,
 
I guess I'm a big ole worry wort. It's just that in the last couple of months, nothing has gone the way I wanted it to. You're right, she might put me on something better then Vicodin. I'm almost bedridden with the pain though. She agreed to become my doctor even if she didn't prescribe me Vicodin. I asked her the last time I saw her. So thank goodness about that, I don't have to ever go back to my old PCP.
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