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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 9/3/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Well Friends and Fams, I saw my 4th pain doc in lest than a year yesterday!!! This time it wasn't by my choosing though. According to this new Doc, the young lady doc I had been seeing was fired! Way too many complaints! I never did complain about here evan though she had messed me around too many times to count!
The new guy wanted to know about some, well the worst of my pain problems. He said he couldn't make heads or tails of the old doc's notes! No surprize there! I never told Y'all about my last visit there when the doc ran out of script pads! She wrote me a script for oxicodone and then told me she had no more sheets! I said what am I gonna do about my methadone? She said I would have to come by the following week. I said OK because I had a few extras and I could get by till then. After two trips south to clean the house, I went back and the girl at the desk told me the doc was on vacation! I asked about my script and if she left me one, nope! She gave me a phone # for a nurse at their main office in Ocala to call. I was so pissed! I called the # 5 times, left messages and never recieved a call back!!!
The reason I'm telling Y'all about this is the new doc confronted me about it!!!! He asked me why I had stopped abruptly taking methadone acording to my chart??? I tried to explain what happened and told him he could ask the girl at the counter if he didn't believe me!!! OK but how did you manage w/o the merthadone? I told him about my house down south and about a safe I had there which I had lost the combo to long ago! I said I drilled it open and there were some old expired methadones in there that I had kept way back when a script got changed! I think he believed me but then went into a big HO~HA about following the "Rules" and how the feds are really cracking down on Fla. Doc's!! He asked me about illegal drugs and alcahol, of course I said NO! Then told me I had to sign papers and take a drug pee test! I told him I did that on the way in cause where ever I go, the first thing I must do is go pee. The desk girl knew that and handed me a bottle after I signed in! No prob's doc! But about the methadone, what was I gonna do? With no call backs from your office, I'd be in methadone withdraw which as you know can be life threatoning!!! I had to do what I had to do!!!!  Not sure but I think he understood!
I then told him about some of the screw ups the old doc made like never getting the paperwork done w/ insurance for MRI's for my back & neck and once when she finally did, she did it for my hip & knee by mistake! He said he wanted new MRI's, probably to make sure I wasn't making all of my problems up! He then wrote my scripts and changed me from Pristiq back to generic Effecsor > MUCH CHEAPER!  He said she made a mistake nono changing me in the first place because pristiq changes to Effecsor in the liver anyway and I could be on a higher daily dose of effecsor (150mgs) than pristiq (50mgs)which should help me more? Hope I didn't confuse Y'all!
I'm hoping to have a good relationship w/ him but only time will tell! He seemed so serious about the law and his contract I had to sign again! That part doesn't bother me as I'm sure it needs to be done here in Fla.!! I just hope they can get rid of all the scam pain docs down south and evan the "cash only"docs up here!! 
I know he's gonna want to try all the usual stuff like P-theropy, steroid injections, etc. which I've done so many times w/ little success! Oh doc> been there done that soooo many times!! I guess it's just part of the game! The last thing I said to him was> I just wan't to be able to live w/o constant pain. To which he said> "You are never gonna live w/o it, it's my job to make you suffer as little as possable using what ever I can legally do for you!"
Go Doc!!!! Hope You Da Man????
Big Hugs Y'all!!
Love Ya!!!

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   Posted 9/3/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Pete, hope the new doc follows through with his caring over the long haul.  I was in a panic about 2 months ago as someone messed with the dial on my safe. I keep a few of my hand guns in it along with my pain meds. I had it set so I could get into it without using the whole combination but I needed the whole combination. I could not remember the combo and forgot where I put the stupid thing. I had enough meds to get through a couple days but that was it without getting into the safe. I must have looked like a drug addict tearing the house apart for 2 days looking for the combination. I looked up the company that made the safe and was told that I could get a notary to verify that I was the owner and within two weeks they could get me the combination. Two weeks would not work so back to tearing the house apart. I finally found the combination, right where I hid it and then I remembered why I hid it where I did. As I was reading your post all I could see was this guy sweating working feaverishly with several drills trying to break into the safe. Oh the things we do.

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   Posted 9/3/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with this one Pete. At least you didn't have to make the change on your own....the nasty old PM last time made one too many errors in judgement. I hope this one gets it and does what he can for you!
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   Posted 9/3/2010 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Petey !!! Love you man !!!I'll talk to you soon brother !!! Mikel
HIV+. meds - epzicom, Kaletra . oxycontin as needed , indothemiacin . hip replacement surgery scheduled for August 23rd !

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   Posted 9/3/2010 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Pete, I sure hope he turns out to be Da Man. It is about time you get a good pain doc, I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you! Let us know...hope you are getting some much needed rest. I haven't been on for awhile, are you all done with the move?
Gentle Hugs,

Fibromyalgia, Chronic daily headaches, Migraines, Possible Graves Disease, GERD, High blood pressure, Depression and Anxiety

Oxycontin, Lopressor, Lexapro, Omeprazole, Promethazine as needed for nausea, Ventolin inhaler and Vitamin D3

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   Posted 9/3/2010 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope he ends up being a good PM doc for you, Pete... you've been switched around enough! I'm on Effexor 150mg/daily, too, and have found it to work really well. I'm a mess w/out it :) I hope it works for you, too.

Take care... --Tina
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

MAJOR surprise - Pregnant, w/ twin little girls (after six boys). Due Sept, 2010. Praying they are healthy. YES, you can have chronic pain AND have a successful pregnancy - not easy, but it can be done. :)

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   Posted 9/4/2010 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow Pete,I shudder when I read about people in the States that have as much trouble as you do getting their legitimate chronic pain medicated.I hope this fella works out for you.In my case I jumped through all hoops with the shots and useless drugs 12 years ago and can't imagine having to go back to square one again.The facts are that I require X-amount of opiates to function to have some quality of life and my medical providers know that,thank God.I sure hope this new guy doesn't make you go through the hoops again.Best of luck and take care................Rod

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 9/4/2010 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for all your replies! Yes I sure hope this guy is it but only time will tell. FJ, I didn't really drill the safe out, that was a little white lie. I did loose the combo just like you did for the exact same reason> Ha! I had mine set near the last # too so I didn't have to go through the whole combo then forgot the first two #'s then somehow the dial got moved by someone!! Geese are we alike or what??? I actually found my combo in this crazy move along w/ lots of other lost stuff I'd been looking for for years! I just exagerated the story a bit as I was pretty scared he wasn't gonna believe me! I'm not so sure he did but there are so many drug seekers here (guess they are everywhere!) that I don't blame him for being carefull!! I think once he gets to know mw a little better, he'll like and trust me!> No more white lies!!! 
Rod, Thanks for the post! Not sure we have met? It looks like you have been posting for a while but my mind has turned to sludge and I can't remember. Where are you from? It looks like you have been at this game as long as I have! No fun! Great to hear from you!
Tina, I can't believe you are still posting!!! I read your e-mail and am so happy the girls are doing so well! I'm praying for you daily and think of you often! Thanks for thinking about me! Love Ya girl!!!
UTB> You are so right about those dr's!! We are the ones paying their bills! I don't mind as long as they do their job right and take care of us "real C.P'ers" the way we deserve to be treated! Thanks for your insite! Youre the Greatest!!!
Hi Shannon, great to hear from you!!! Yes the actual move is over now but we have soooo much stuff here jamming our little house along w/ two sheds full to the max! Now it's time to sort through all the junk and see what we will keep, throw out, sell or give to the S.Army or local Hospis??? Hope to hear more from you> Love Ya!!!
R/M> Its always great to hear from you!!!  Yes, this last doc was pretty bad but she was a nice lady. I think she was in way over here head!!! She was so young, hopefully she will get her Sh** toghether and be a good doc some day!! Thanks dfor posting, always great hearing from you!!! I'm hoping to be around more often now! Love Ya!!
Paula!! Thanks and yes, he should be appologizing but you know how docs are> never wrong!!! Espessally when talking about other docs. I was surprised that he told me she was fired!! Usually they stick up for each other! Thanks for thinking about me!!!> Love Ya!!
Mikel, Shocked to see your name Bro!! I'll write you on another post or e-mail!! Great to have you back!! Now take it easy> OK?
Love You Man!!
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