Post Edited (mrsm123) : 9/17/2009 9:03:09 PM (GMT-6)
Hi, and welcome to the forum...Sorry to hear that you're suffering. I don't understand why most Dr.'s only give meds that are for short-term pain relief...When they know that it is not a short-term problem... Ask for something that is long-term....
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/ 30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 9/21/2009 10:02:19 AM (GMT-6)
Eagle, can your PCP refer you to another pm dr? It sort of sounds like they are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. If they were needing to know if this was a consult only why not have someone call the PCP & ask instead of screaming matches, makes no sense. I can see why you would be a little concerned about seeing them. So what if you have had eppie's in the past, big deal. The more I think of this the more I think I would ask for a different PM dr. They seemed to be way too controlling. Not a group I would be willing to see.
Can you call your PCP and ask them to find someone else? Its sure worth a call. Meanwhile you are stuck.
Its not a good idea going off of your meds w/o drs supervision. There is a big difference between tolerance to a medication versus addiction. Tolerance means simply the medication is no longer working and either an increase is needed or a change of medication. I become tolerant to my blood pressure medications. After being on the same ones for a couplr of years they stop working, same with my antidepressant. Addiction is the people who take the medication for highs, not for medical purposes, big, big difference. A person addicted see's more than one dr, will obtain the drugs illegally, uses multiple pharmacies, they will even use bogus names. Some obtain the pills to sell on the streets. But those people are not taking the drugs for medical reasons, please understand this. In fact, recent, studies have shown CPer's do not become addicted to their pain medications, as long as they take their medications as prescribed even when used long term.
None of us like taking pain medications, but for many of us this is the only way we can have some semblance of a life. This does not mean we are addicts or hooked on our medications.