Post Edited (PAlady) : 10/15/2009 10:36:25 PM (GMT-6)
My heart goes out to you.....I was in the same situation as you 5 yrs ago when I stopped working, my current PMD actually saw me without Insurance and gave me a Discount on all my visits until I became eligible for Medicare. During that time, I needed to have Xray's, PT and even a few MRI's and because I was paying cash they all gave discounts...it still was a fortune but I made sure to ask about a Discount and each time the answer was yes!!
Hopefully, you will find someone that will too!
Well shoot, I am at the moment at a loss on a way to resolve any of this. Yep, you are so right, your surgeon really went out on a limb rxing you meds for 2 yrs-would have never happened in my state. Once they do surgery here they allow 6 weeks of meds if you are lucky and nothing after that no exceptions. Many have resorted to 10 days worth and thats it. Thats why I was so surprised at your guy continuing for so long.
I am wondering with you about this company dinking you around over the unemployment form. Sure they have seen those forms before. I always found when an ins comp kept saying they needed this that chicken fat and it was always provided, that was the stall tactic used before actually being denied.
Do you have a PCP that might provide with you with the pain meds? Maybe even if your PCP did not want to rx percocet-at least try you on something different-may work you have been on the percocet for awhile. I am surprised its still pretty effective for you, lucky there.
I know I could not see a PM dr if I did not have ins-they are too proud of their work as far as I am concerned. They hit too hard in the pocketbook.
Just keep knocking on doors one will open-we always seem to manage to pull thru in the end just when we think we can't. Hugs.
Post Edited (PAlady) : 10/16/2009 11:07:14 AM (GMT-6)
Well, if I were you just the fact the PCP will not give you a discount as a cash paying patient is reason enough to look elsewhere. How lowdown can a dr get, or greedy. That cow is after the almighty dollar, she would not get any of mine. More and more drs are now offering discounts to cash paying patients because so many no longer have insurance, what a pig. Yes, we know many will not rx pain meds but its always worth asking.
By no means am I saying I told you so, but I do wish you would have filed for SSD back when we first talked about it. That was gosh well over a yr ago. I know you had some reasons you did not want to divulge but that would have kept you from possibly being where you are now with no ins. If you plan to file I urge you to do so immediately. The paperwork is not all that taxing, simple questions. You will need your surgeon to back you on this, now that he has stepped aside on rxing pain meds I would want him to remember who I am.
I know you will pull through this but its just so frustrating. I am w/BCBS thru husband's work as my secondary and they have been nothing but a pain in the arse since day one. They have complete idiots and morons that work for them.
Keep your chin up.
Post Edited (Lindaloo) : 10/16/2009 4:42:42 PM (GMT-6)
Wow..what a disaster...and right before the Holidays. I hope you get the insurance you're trying for...I know how much it sucks not to have insurance..I went for two years w/o and had to pay cash for my Dr. visit and scripts...Luckily for me the office visit was only $80 and the meds were only about 120...but still, if I had to pay cash now I would be in trouble. Now that I have Diabetes, HBP, and Pain Meds...that would be about 2000/month. I couldn't afford that!!
My best wishes are with you...
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
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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
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Meds- Suboxone 16mg for pain, Cymbalta 60mg, Lyrica 50mg, Imitrex 100mg PRN,Ibprofen 800mg PRN, Ventolin Inhaler PRN, Visteril PRN
Oh...don't get me started about the Florida Pain meds thing....my mom was telling me about how 6000 people die from taking pain meds a year there....I thought for sure that Fl. was computerized....you know, the Docs and the pharmacies? Like here in Tn. they didn't have the computerized thing here in Tn until a few years ago...I heard from many pill heads that you could go into 3 different Dr.'s offices and get all the pain meds you wanted with no trouble at all...what a mess...But now they are all connected so it's almost impossible to do it now... There are alot of pissed of junkies around here now...They should have done that in Florida a long time ago..
When this stuff happens anywhere in the US it makes it so hard for us legitimate CP Patients to get what we need..not what we want. I don't know the answers...all I know is that the more people that abuse the system, the less likely CPer's will get it any easier...with or without insurance.
Palady, I am so sorry that you are dealing with this now.. I know what it was like when I had to pay just $80 a visit + scripts....I can only imagine what's going through your mind...I wish there was something I could do to help you..
If I can, please let me know....anything....I mean it...
you have always been there for all of us....so you shouldn't have to go through this alone.