it is a horrible thing! We struggle so long and so hard just to be able to Live Life,take care of ourselves,fight w/c,SSD, take hateful glares and second rate treatment from some Pharmacists who think we are all addicts,and that is only to mention of a few of the difficulties we must surpass to obtain any kind of decent treatment!
Yet these virtual kids and the majority of them are under 25 can get tons of meds with enough money and very little hassle. Its so darn anger envolking you know?
Alot of us fought the fight with my Doc from Ky but he wasnt in the best of health and he had gotten up in years and they too tore up his offices,took patient charts and where does Hippa come in with these folks I ask as far as our confidentiality?
After losing his shirt and everything he had worked for all his 40 years of taking care of those who couldnt go elsewhere or nobody else would he got down bad sick and just couldnt get back at his age. The Attys bankrupted him along with the fines he got. He took medicare and medicaid pts so he didnt make lots to begin with you know? Didnt seem to be an issue for him and his wife who was also his Nurse thru the years.
So the system got another good Doc!
This Doc I see here seems to be really concerned for all of me. After finding out I had been on methadone for 9 years he immediately sent me for an EKG since methadone is believed to cause some heart problems with long term use. He also sent me for a MRI but made sure my medicare would cover it so close to the knee one I had done this year,most wouldnt have cared,pay it or dont come back till you get it is alot of the attitudes.
He offered me other meds we discussed the benefits of methadone versus oxy,morphine,opana,and he said at anytime I wanted to try a different path or at anytime the methadone was not holding my pain levels we could add something or take something away from the equation and pretty left it in my court and with his help and guidance we would do it my way! I was a little leery since alot of them are my way or the highway. He gave me papers with a list of Pharmacies that were going to not keep the methadone on hand due to recent rash in robberies and those that were on the shadier side of the street so I could avoid their costs.
I also might add that I did in fact have a difficult time with an out of state ID and a few even requested a copy of my MRI which I flat refused to give them as I dont think they are under the same laws to protect my privacy and am not sure they would even if they were! I dont think this is something they need to fill a med that a Doctor deemed I needed,what happened to phams and Drs working in conjunction with each other?
Anyway making a already long story longer I wont go into all that but luckily I use Walgreens at home so Walgreens here filled them since they could see that it is what I was getting at home for 9 years as well as the last script
filled in KY before the one 34 days later here.
I certainly hope that Pete or I can help Shaw find a Doc to better treat his issues as there is nothing more distressing then getting a med that works and being jerked off because some Govt official says it is a dangerous drug and ppl are dying from it. If they looked at the ones who do I think they would find these folks were destined to do so it just happened to methadone they did it with it. They also need to take a close look at how many CPers die each year from suicide and complications of being under treated for chronic pain!!!! IMO folks.
Post Edited (nvrthesame98) : 3/16/2011 5:15:55 AM (GMT-6)