Good Question Melissa! You have to wonder where and hwo they get those numbers dont ya?
RY please keep searching! There are great Docs out there and even though they are few and far between it will be well worth the searching effort when you do find one. Being controlled is one of the greatest things in life and I know this is a sad analogy of what has become important in my life but I had got to the point where the pain was all consuming and getting relief became one of the greatest moments in my life. It will be yours too!
I cant count the appointments,the Doctors,the clinics,the tests,the "sorry" I dont do pain management or I dont use narcotics for pain treatment? The times one Doc just sent me away in tears with an appointment of referral to another Doc months away yet and I the feelings of despair and the black hole I was living in that made me think horrific thoughts of ways to stop the pain myself.
I resent the years and the Docs that stole them from me simply because they couldnt see my pain or feel my pain or thought I was just another addict looking for a way to get high,they couldnt comprehend that if they had told me dog doo was the new thing in pain management I would have said "bring it on" If that is not a desperate person voice then what does it take?
I contemplated suicide several times to just end the pain but knew most likely all that would do was land me in a mental health clinic where they wouldnt even allow me to have ice or a heating pad or any other of the numerous things I was using to help some! Sad,sad,sad but so true for so many.
Even worse was the "drug wars" making it harder and harder to find Docs that were not opiate phobic as Gramps so elegantly puts it. By the way have not seen him in a few,sorry thinking out loud.
Just yesterday a Doc here where I live had his license suspended due to a patient of his ODing on methadone and xanax and I mean according to the reports he had way higher then prescribed in him but still the Doc is now temporarily unable to prescribe narcotic meds and I feel so sad for those many patients he has that are not going to be able to refill their meds this month or get them at all without finding another Doc and we all know how long that can take.
He is pending investigation so it is hard to say how long he will be suspended or even if he will ever get it lifted leaving many folks without their meds and in search of a new Doc. I kind of look for him to retire as he is one of the older Docs here that try to treat medicaid and medicare folks that cant afford the PM clinics. His health has not been good for the last few years either so he will probably throw in the towel and say forget it!
Didnt mean to take a tour here but just wanted you to Ry and others to not give up and if you can afford to travel to find a Doc try looking in nearby states if you live close to the line or larger more populated cities with more options. Word of mouth is one of the greatest ways to find a Doc as well as if you and your RPH are on a name basis and you feel comfortable asking him he is going to be a wonderful referral basis as he knows who prescribes and who isnt opiate phobic and who is.
Good luck in your search!
Bilateral knee replacements,spondylosis of L-3,4,5 and S-1, osteoarthritis,premenopausal migraines.
Meds: Methadone,xanax,zanaflex,maxide,prempro,K+,indocin,lexapro,neurontin(coming off) lyrica(going onto)