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Testosterone
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   Posted 2/2/2011 3:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Just got the reading on my cervical MRI. There are no fractures and supposedly no herniations in my C spine, but my l4,l5, s1 are all herniated, and even with their own IME recommending me stay on pain medicine and epidurals, I'm yet to get either the sick ****** is actually acting as though he is quAlified to make medical judgements. I had been on 20 mg opana every 6 hours, now I'm on 30 mg oxycodone every 6 (except the duration of action is 2 hours less with oxycodone so idg why my doctor only has mr on it every 6 hours instead of 4. I've been going through my private insurance to get my scrips and that's why I had to change to codone. Medicaid would only cover 100 opana at a time...do you think since I see my dr every 3 weeks I should discuss them writing me 2 12 day scrips so I can actually get the medicine that works better? I don't want to seem like a junkie but the opana really worked far better for controlling my pain. I'm worried about what they may think of that idea...because they HAVE written me out a 2 monthbscrip before as well. Just throwing ideas out. Instated going to therapy...they've started me on cymbalta and that has done a great deal for my nerve pain too.

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   Posted 2/2/2011 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Test you are right, we never ask for medication by name unless we are willing to risk being kicked to the curb by the dr.. Most pain mgt dr write scripts for 30 days, not sure why you are wanting 12 days worth instead of 30. I would be surprised at a dr pre-dating a script for pain meds none of mine have ever done that. Other than saying your current medication is not working as well controlling the pain is the only thing I would say to the dr. Ask if there is something else that may work better. Its best that the dr feels like he making the decisions on pain meds not the patient.

If this is a work related injury why are you using private insurance to get your scripts. The insurance company that insures your employer should be the one paying for your medications.
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   Posted 2/2/2011 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Because the compensation adjustor feels he s qualifiers to make med decisions for me and is denying me. The reason is for, I see them every 3 weeks. I was on 80 mg opana a day, 20 mg every 6 hours. Managed pain very well. Medicaid only covers 100/fill. Not 100/month. So if I were to get it written in "2 weeks" or so doses then Medicaid would cover the amount I original had to manage my pain. The adjustor is a sick sadist. Still waiting (45 plus day!) since decision in my favor for my retroactive pay and my wage increase, yet he's been denying coverage for my therapy since then left and right.

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   Posted 2/2/2011 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have any atty helping you with this or not? If so I hope he is board certified in worker's compensation claims. From what I have read over the years here at the forum I am floored at how WC claims are denied so freely in other states. I live in Tx and our laws changed here in 1991 and it was a drastic change. However, with that being said, WC claims are not denied as much as they were before the law changed. They have time limits on denying or accepting the claim or they are fined.

Good luck.
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   Posted 2/2/2011 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I just talked to my lawyer. Their original offer of 30k he got, said he wasn't gonna waste my time or his with a call over a bullcrap offer like that, much less start negotiations without another 110k on the table. I have a hearing coming up in 4-6 weeks. It's their last appeal they're allowed and my lawyer believes 100% the judge is only going to reaffirm his decision and then I will finally have all my meds paid for, treatments, surgeries, everything. Light at the end of the tunnel finally doesn't look to be an oncoming train.

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   Posted 2/4/2011 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
20mg oxymorphone = 80 oxycodone the half-life of oxymorphone is about 7-9 hours, the half-life of oxycodone is 2-3 hours. your getting screwed on the dose and timing. hydromorphone i still think is the king is also very cheap.
L4,L5,S1 bilateral Laminectomies, Foraminotomies 2002
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   Posted 2/5/2011 4:39 AM (GMT -6)   
spinal soldier said...
20mg oxymorphone = 80 oxycodone the half-life of oxymorphone is about 7-9 hours, the half-life of oxycodone is 2-3 hours. your getting screwed on the dose and timing. hydromorphone i still think is the king is also very cheap.


20 mg=40 mg and I'm aware of the half life. I'll be back on the opana soon enough. And opana has worked far better for me than dilaudid.
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