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   Posted 12/1/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
After I was diagnosed with Fibro, my doctor had given me Neurontin, which I seem to be tolerating, but isn't doing anything for the pain. She also gave me 20 Lortab (Vicodin) for pain equal to or above a 7. I am out of the Lortab already since I've had a bad couple of weeks due to the stress of Thanksgiving. I called my PCP to let her know I was out, and she said she didn't feel comfortable giving me more. Ugh. Instead of writing another script, she referred me to a pain clinic. I checked the website for this clinic and it seems that they only do injections for joint pain and spinal pain! That doesn't help me with my Fibro though. I'm going to do some research and find my own pain doc and ask that I be referred there.

As far as the DJD in my knees, Thursday is my last PT session that my insurance will cover. So then I have to go back to see the Ortho doc to find out what to do next. PT didn't help at all! But, they only allowed me 9 sessions! They found a med that worked pretty well on the pain though> It's called Cataflam. The only thing is, I can take it every 6 hours, and it only works for about 3, sometimes less. So I called the Ortho docs office and asked if there was a way to change the dosing to make it last longer. They said there was an ER formula for it and would call it in for me. They then called back later and said that my insurance won't cover the ER formula! I swear it's one step forward and 2 steps back! Oh well, at least I get a few hours of relief before the pain sets in again.

My goals for this week are to find a pain doc and get in quickly. Wish me luck!

Fibromyalgia Dx November 20, 2009

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

Meds: Neurontin 300mg. Lortab 5/500 PRN for BT pain.

Tammy <3

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 12/1/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
   Tammy...I went through the same's getting harder and harder to get into a PM that will give the meds as needed for all of us....all they want to do now is the Epidurals. I got lucky...and finally convinced my PCD to treat me...but it took me showing him that I could be trusted with them. I think one thing that helped my case was that he gave me a dose that was too high...and I called him to have it lowered. That was the ticket....for a trusting relationship with him. Good luck on your serch for one. And as always keep us updated on your progress. Your friend!...Michael
   also, if there is anyway...push for one that has the long term it is much more comfortable than going through the 3hr up and down cycle. I really appreciate the Oxycontin for this reason...and it has reduced the need for the 3 to 4hr Percocet's. I have tapered down to 1 or two a day wigh them. Take care now Honey! :)

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 12/1/2009 8:30:31 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/1/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Tammy, if I remember right you are in Indiana. I use STAR short for Spine Treatment and Rehabilitation clinic in Ft. Wayne. Not sure if I'm supposed to put names of places in here or not. The doctors are very knowledgeable and they do injections along with meds. Possibly they are in your insurance network. Good Luck!!!
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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