In His Grip
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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)
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So you are basically saying that you now have two RXs and you're trying to figure out whether to fill them both since you may be without pain pills after what this new doc said. Right?
If you had insurance, they would not pay for the double RX but since you don't and are still paying out of pocket..then I would fill it just to have them BUT continue to try and figure out the cause of the pain. The only downside to this, is that you will be out the $$$ if they do figure out the cause and you end up not needing them. I think figuring out the cause would outweigh the money loss though. Don't you?
Diagnostic Limbo: Seeing Rheumy since November 07, Taking plaquenil, Cymbalta, Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien, vitamin D, Darvocet.
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Yes, narcotic meds are only good for 30 days. But, when you went to the PM, didn't you have to sign a pain management contract with them? Most of them require that. It states that you will not get any narcotic medications from any other doctor, blah, blah and a whole bunch of other stuff. So if you signed somethign like that, then you probably should not fill the other script. Mt rheum had prescribed me Lyrica in Feb for nerve pains, which I kept taking every month (he even gave me 3 month supplies). But when I went to PM & told him all my meds, he decided to take over the prescribing of Lyrica...and told me I cannot get any muscle relaxers or pain meds from my Rheum or any other doctor anymore. And of course they wanted my docs name, phone, etc. And my PM does not prescribe anything for more than one month supply at a time. I have to call in every month before I run out of my meds and request that they call in new scripts for me for everything. So far they have, but it's a pain. And the signs in their office are very condescending. But 2 of the docs I see there are pretty understanding about my pain, thank GOD! THough the strongest they prescribe me for pain is Ultram. But...my worst pains are nerve and spasms, which no narcotic has ever helped before, so it doesnt really matter to me. They do not help my arthritis pains either. It's getting very difficult these days at PM, due to what you said. I don't want to get tolerant of meds either, but so far the Lyrica, Soma, and Ultram all together are helping my pain alot. The only thing that helps my pains tremendously are steroids, which I cannot take all the time.
I noticed that you take Cymbalta. I don't know if you are aware or not, but be extremely careful if/when you ever stop taking this med. It is widely reported that people who stop suddenly after taking it for some time have some terrible withdrawals. It's an anti-depressant (though it 's also used for other things off label)...many Phyciatrists may be aware of the withdrawal possibility, but I am not sure if other specialists are that aware. I know several people in pain management who were prescribed Cymbalta, then suddenly stopped either themselves or their PM stopped it..and has serious withdrawals. So just be very careful with that medication. Also, have you ever tried Lyrica for your Fibromyalgia? I only ask because it was recently FDA approved for Fibro. and seems to help some people.