Posted 12/31/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -6)
Mochiah's advice is good. I have heard many stories of on-line pharmacies distributing meds that aren't what they say they are or are not approved for use in the U.S. I understand your desperation. Mochiah is right - we've all been there. But getting medications from any source except a doctor's prescription could cause you many more (potentially deadly) problems.

You should also think about having your husband sit in on one of your PM doctor appointments. Having the doctor explain the cause of your pain may help your husband to understand why you need the meds. It would be safer for you if your husband was aware of every drug you are taking so if there was some emergency he could be an informed advocate for you.

I hope you will find a resolution soon and the new year will bring physical comfort for you.
Posted 1/1/2008 11:03 AM (GMT -6)
Thank you so much all. My PM dr. did not even call me back yesterday. I am suprised. Also, when you do go to your dr., is it monthy just for refills? I kinda of friend weird when I have to go, like I should explain myself for being there. Did that make much sense? Like do you all go monthy just for your refills and to check in? Is it ok to go every month, or every few weeks? My dr. only gave me 40 pills, which is not enough for 30 days, as I can take up to 5 a day? What would you all reccomend?
Thank you again, I am so new to this PM thing. I also have an appt with my neursurgeon to go over my Diskogram results in a few weeks. But if I decide not to do surgery now, my only option is pain medication for now. So I reguraly have to see my PM dr, I assume.
Happy New Year

IBS
Laminectomy '07
Discogram with positive results, dr. suggested Fusion L4L5.
Meds: Percocets
Posted 1/1/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -6)
I go once a month, it is actually every 28-30 days depending on how the days fall (if it is a weekend at 30 days, I can go at 28).

What does it say on your prescription bottle? How many pills, how many times a day? That is how you can figure out when you are supposed to go again.
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").

Posted 1/1/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -6)
It says take 1 pill as needed for severe pain??? But I told him sometimes I do have to take 2 at a time. And it was for 40 pills, so if I do that math thats only like 9 days worth. But I feel like a "seeker" if I go back every 2 weeks. What do you think?
Posted 1/1/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)
You have already called their office so they know it isn't helping. Today is a holiday, so you won't hear back today. Perhaps you could call again tomorrow and ask if you can get in to be seen. I know transportation is an issue for you, but having them just call in something else probably won't work since it would be weaker. At the very least you would have to go pick up the written prescription from the office. You will have to tell the nurse your situation and could probably ask her when it is you are supposed to come back in...if you are still in pain I am sure they are going to want to see you.

In the time being, try putting a heating pad on. You could try doing stretches...lay in your bed on your back, bend one knee, grab behind that knee and pull as close to your chest as comfortable. Then switch legs. It relieves the pressure on the vertebrae. You could also try getting on all 4's, then tuck your pelvis down, and slowly arch your back up (it's called a cat stretch). These are 2 of the exercises I do every day (I have to do them in bed because I would never make it back up off the floor)!
Mochiah/a.k.a. Sue
cervical fusion 2006, with great result
L4-5 surgery with cages, plates, and screws in 2005, I have continued pain 
MEDS:  Fentanyl patch, Norco, Celexa, and trazodone
 
Im going to smile like nothing is wrong, act like everything is perfect, and pretend its not hurting me. (quote used with permission from "Tennis").

Posted 1/1/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)
Ok, I will call the office tomorrow, they dont have a nurse though, and the receptionist is actually quite RUDE. But I do need some answers. Have you ever dealt with your office when they arent "nice, or understanding"? I mean the dr is once I see him, just not the rest of his staff.
I will try those stretches tonight, thanks!!!!!

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