I have a PCP who I think the world of too..... he always visits me in the hospital (he has a private practice) calls me at home to check up after anything big. He's the one who referred me on to the specialist I am with. I know Florida is closely regulated on who can & why they prescribe narcotics. I would never want to get my PCP in any trouble.... but I was very lucky to have just as good as a person in my specialist. I have a good relationship with him, he actually listens. There are several pain drs here in FL -actually there are several in the same practice- I used to live in a rural area & I know sometimes there just aren't enough, especially good, drs. As far as medication goes, I have never had any issues. If something dosen't work for me we switch it up to see what will. They often do random drug tests in the office (which is fine, i understand) I know they will drop you if you are caught either dr shopping or a different narcotic in your system. I just make sure I tell them every single time I go to the ER or another dr prescribes me something. For the most part my pain dr gives me all my prescriptions, even my anti-depressants, so now I only need to go to my PCP when there is some other issue. I have nothing to say but positives about them & I wish everyone would be so lucky to have a dr like I do.... but I went through a lot when I lived in GA, my drs up there basically called me crazy- yet never did a single test..... gave me a cortisone shot & some skelaxin. ha! ha! ha! I am though, very glad the patch is working for you. I fumbled with those things the first few days. Until I got a tagederm. But, I never had any luck with it & hated the port it made.... & the smell.lol. Well, as you see I went all night without sleep.... ugggh. I wish they had like an IM system set up on here so I could bug the people who are up all night like us! Hope you were able to get some zzzzzs..... :)
RX's: Oxycontin 80 MG 2x's daily; Dilaudid 8 MG 4xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100 MG 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25 MG (as needed); Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
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