Post Edited (Lookin4 PM in Ocala) : 4/23/2009 3:02:53 AM (GMT-6)
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
Hemi Lamenectomy/Spinal Fusion(Lumbar)
60 mg. MS Contin 2Xdaily/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin 1000mg. twice daily (so far)
Hello Lookin and welcome to HW.
I just posted in another thread about just this thing as I live in KY and it seems that folks from here were coming there and getting the hook-up and bringing them dumping into the streets here and this just gets me madder when someone who has pain cant get treated!
I was astounded by the amounts of meds being handed out to these folks who had nothing wrong with them.
I have to say your in that age range they tend to doubt when you say your in pain and with age comes some kind of belief of all things,like only folks over 50 feel pain!
I have known folks over the years who actually have moved to other states to find relief and that in itself is crazy.
Fl is one of the states that has a high rate of abuse so PM is going to be hard for you there and I dont know if moving is an option but I bet one state up into GA would make all the difference. I dont know if you are close to the state lines and as long as you follow the rules and guidelines and dont get meds from more then one Doc you shouldnt encounter crossing into that state to get better pain management. Just a option to consider.
Having a PM Doc on board isnt cheating in the least and most of us have several Docs in our corner and as long as you dont have more then one Doc prescribing narcotics there isnt a problem and most Neuro's and rheumy's prefer someone else take on the PM part of treatment and if you can get them to all work together it is the better for you.
I am sorry that your Doc passed away leaving you out in the cold and why the transferring Doc felt they have to change things that worked is beyond me.
It is good you have had the funds to get the treatment you have gotten as so many have to rely on state funding and the lmits to what they can and cant get is pitiful,right down to not being able to get the med that works for them because medicaid wont pay for it. I cant imagine that your limitless in your spending though and certainly find treatment before you go broke trying since then you really will be up that proverbial creek!
Glad to see you here and this is a great place for support and filled to overflowing with folks that unfortunately understand your pain.