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greatgrandmatoo
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   Posted 6/3/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.  It's been quite awhile since I have been on the forum.  I have been through a lot since I lasted posted.  But I won't go through all that for now. Hurting too much right now.
 
I have a question that I hope somebody can help me with.  I noticed that I now can take 1-2 pills of my pain meds every six hours which I do three times a day.  But I worry about running out in that 30 day timeframe.  I don't want to do that because, let's face it, our insurance companies frown on that. She allowed 120 as usual when I only took 1 pain pill four times per day.
 
If anybody has had these kinds of changes in their scripts, and understands where I am coming from, I sure would appreciate how this works.  My bones break easily and I just broke more of my ribs by leaning over the console in my truck to put keys into the ignition.  Sounds crazy but this happens all of the time.  I am scared to take two pills every six hours as it will not last me to the end of the month.
 
smiles to you all,
grannytoo
Disabilities include Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Supraventricular Tachycardia SVT (cardiac), Artherosclerosis, Peripheal Neuropathy, Polycystic Kidney Disease with kidney stones, Restless Leg Syndrome, C5,6, and 7 herniation/spinal compression, herniated L5, 6 and 7. 


finallyreallycrazy
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   Posted 6/3/2010 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Usually when the script is written to where it CAN run our before your normal refill date, if your doc will write another script, insurance will cover it. Basically the instructions say you can take double the amount. Therefore, it will run out faster, the question is will your doc write a refill and is he/she aware they wrote it that way?
New MRI's show I have 3 GOOD vertabrae.  The rest are bulging, compressed, protruding or in one of the three spinal stenosis' in my back.  One stenosis in my neck and two in my lower back.  Fibromyalgia, cfs, degenerative bone disease, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, HORRIBLE memory problems, panic attacks, depression, and muscle cramps that don't stop.
 
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willowsgrandma
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   Posted 6/3/2010 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue Hi Greatgrandma, To try to answer your question about your pain med doseage-I take Gabs at apentin 4 X daily (every 6 hrs.). My dr writes the RX for 120 tabs. If you take 2 tab 4X daily (every 6 hrs.) your tabs will only last 15 days! What does your RX say as how many tabs per day. Hope this helped you, Donna

sjkly
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   Posted 6/3/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Does the paperwork from the pharmasy say how many days supply?
My tramadol script was for 1 every 4-6 hours as needed for pain/dispense 30 day supply 10.
So, I could get more before a month was out.

Retired Mom
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   Posted 6/4/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
It just occurred to me that 120 may be the highest number they will fill at one time (depending on the med). Perhaps you will only need to call (or pick up) a new script if that runs out. I'd call the Dr and ask for a new script a few days in advance if you need more. You should be able to tell fairly quickly if you will be out of meds too soon.

All the best!
Retired Mom


greatgrandmatoo
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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry that I haven't been able to respond back sooner. I spent Friday in a Hospital nonemergency area in pain and very agitated to say the least. I had forgotten to even take one before I went. Wedenesday I thought I broke more ribs but this time It is something different. It's called costochondral separation of my ribs due to trauma. And i did it on the same side as my surgery in May. I always refuse pain meds anytime I have surgery or end up in the hospital. That's because I have my own PM specialist and I would just rather her to be my pain doctor . Right now I am in terrible pain and afraid to take a pill. Even though it says I can up to two every six hours and it says as needed. I forgot to put that in.

I have a very nice PM Specialist however I am a little weary of all the adjustments, ya know. My urine test are always clean and nontoxic with the meds I take. I always want to go by the rules so to speak. Whenever you all have an issue with pain, do you get ahold of your pain management spec. or do you call your normal docs? Like mine is a Rheumatologist and the other is a Neurologist, plus my primary care. I have never had to ger ahold of her because of more pain, but I have recently had surgery and then strenuous physical therapy, and now this other thing to cope with ......the pain is so nasty. :( hard to breath or move, ya know. I hate to be a complainer too. Also, what does every six hours mean? Does it mean throughout the day only or for a 24 hour stretch. Sometimes I suffer at wee hours of the morning and walk the floors. thank you all so much even if it's just to hear me out.....

God bless you all and try to enjoy the day.
Very hot here in Virgina Beach.......ick
Grannytoo
Disabilities include Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Supraventricular Tachycardia SVT (cardiac), Artherosclerosis, Peripheal Neuropathy, Polycystic Kidney Disease with kidney stones, Restless Leg Syndrome, C5,6, and 7 herniation/spinal compression, herniated L5, 6 and 7. 


flower123
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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Grannytoo. I'm so sorry that you're dealing with all of this pain! Whenever I have an issue, I let my pain management doctor know about it. I'll just call them and let them know. I've never scheduled an appt. early, but maybe you can do that....?

Very soft hugs,

Flower

sjkly
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   Posted 6/5/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I would call my pain management doctor since this is a pain issue.
If I were flaring I would call my rhuemy.

uniquelyme
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   Posted 6/7/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
[/img] Hi, well I know that my insurance will only cover so many of my oxycodone 30 mg....I get a script for 150 but my insurance will only pay for 40...and I have to pay for the rest of them. Sometimes Dr.'s will only write enough that the insurance will cover...check and see if that's the case...If they want you to be able to take 1-2 tablets 4 times a day...the script should be written for enough to cover that many. so you won't run out...If there isn't enough then something isn't right.....

Me.
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
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