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   Posted 3/17/2012 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm updating you all on my medication troubles. Unfortunately I have my last fentanyl patch on and it lasts thru today. I called the doctor's office on Friday and my doctor wasn't there and she hadn't written my scripts for my pain meds :( I guess I'm going thru withdrawls again, which I don't look forward to at all. cry

I just wish that Medicaid transportation would have left things alone and my previous doctor would have already had the scripts mailed to me and I would have them filled and be using them now. This makes me so angry. I really don't know how someone could do this to someone.

How is everyone doing? I hope you're having a low pain evening. My pain is not too bad right now. Take care.

love and hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

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   Posted 3/17/2012 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta
I'm sorry to hear your in a bind. It's beyond maddening when doctors leave you in a bind like that. I've had the same thing happen to me with a pain clinic. I couldn't believe a pain clinic could be so incompetent and than expect you not to seek medication somewhere else. I hope you can get through the weekend without suffering to much. Is there anyway your pharmacy will advance you any medication until Monday or as a last resort go to the ER?
Anyway I hope things turn out okay. Hang in there. I wish you all the best.

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   Posted 3/17/2012 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta, I am sorry you have to go through this. I will however say I am working on a pain overload or med underdose this weekend as well (my bad) I forgot to count last week and realized yesterday I would have to stretch my meds until I can see Dr on Monday. Is there anyway you can use more of your oxy's to help take the edge off?? Take care and I hope you get your patches again quickly and as stingray said there is the hospital, maybe they can help?

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 3/17/2012 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Loretta, I am so sorry that you are going through this again. Is this becoming a monthly ordeal? Have you spoken to the office manager at the doctor's office and explained that you are forced to go through withdrawals frequently because of your doctor not being in the office or writing your scripts when you need them?

I am in the same boat with transportation. The medicaid transportation available to me does not take patients to the doctors I have to see, and the doctors in the areas they service refused to treat my complex issue. So I must find a ride every appointment if my hubby has to work, and it stinks to be at the mercy of others.

If I were you and reporting the issue to the staff director is not an option, I would simply make a monthly appointment for med checks so that you can have them hand you your script while you come for your checkup and any tests required. If they do not allow monthly appointments, then remind them you wouldn't need them if they could get refills of prescriptions handled in a timely manner that did not leave you in withdrawal almost monthly!

I am so angry for you! I would be in that office firmly reminding them that my business helps pay the bills, and that this was not acceptable any longer. Is the office owned by a hospital or medical group that you could go to someone who deals with treatment issues? I know my PM doctor is affiliated with a hospital, and freely posts cards for the patient advocates in his office with a large poster in 4 languages that tells you who to call if you are not happy with your service or are unable to get the treatment you need. He has encouraged me to call them when I had issues with no insurance to apply for charity care. Most large medical offices are required by state HIPPA laws to have such services for when patients have privacy and/or policy issues.

I am praying for you. Try to hold on honey. turn We will try to keep you sane here!

*gentle hugs*
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw
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   Posted 3/18/2012 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta,

I really wish there were an answer for you. You seem to have to face this issue monthly since they changed your Dr. Perhaps another change might be best for you. I know you use Medicaid Transport, but is their public transportation in your are that you could use? Or perhaps is their a church or charity organization that would provide transportation back to your old Dr?

I have no answers and I know you are suffering both from the medication issues and now from the mental strain of having no idea if you will have meds from month to month. It does seem very unfair. Perhaps their is some type of patient advocacy group in your area who can give you advice. There is nothing here (because we are so rural), but perhaps you are in an area that is larger and it may be time to use your computer to do some searches for other help.

I wish you all the best!
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   Posted 3/18/2012 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta, maybe you will hear something Monday. Is this a new PCP that rxing your Fentanyl patches now?

I remember back in February when you said you had been without meds for several weeks and was really having a hard time because of withdrawals back then. That was back when all the hoopla hit over the mileage to the drs office and you were barely over the mileage allowed and you were left without a dr to treat you. You have had nothing but bad luck with these drs it seems like.

Sure hope you get all of this worked out.....Susie
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   Posted 3/18/2012 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta

I really feel for you. I have gone thru something very similar. Several times my scripts were supposed to be called in on Friday and they weren't. Once was a holiday weekeend so I went thru full blown withdrawal. I called and complained. Then it happened again. I wrote a scathing letter to the Board of Directors (of the hospital he practiced in) And then, they found a loophole in my contract and fired me!!!

It makes me so angry that these mds have so much power over out lives and wellbeing. It was the Mds staff that was so incompetent and got a big attitude if I called them...they tslked down to us, very arrogant.

I am now with a good doc who makes monthly appt for 29 days..I have never had problems there. The staf is professional and pleasant.

Can you call the office first thing Monday and have them call it in or fax a copy? Doctors are allowed to do that here. If you can get to the doctor's I would go and sit there until you get your scripts..just remain polite and determined. Do not take no for an answer. The patch should have some residual effect today hopefully. Ibuprofen and hot bath are all I can tell you to do, muscle realxers and s valiums can help with withdrawal, if you have any

I really hope you can get some relief Monday and then start hunting for someone decent. Iknow how hard it is. My first PM was arrested, the 2nd fired me and the 3rd time is the charm!! I wish you luck Loretta, you have had a hard road.

Let us know
"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
Major Depressive Disorder, ptsd, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, l3/4, L4/5 gone, bursitis arthritis sciatica

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   Posted 3/19/2012 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
how are you doing loretta, i hope you are ok, did you hear anything from the dr. yet.
hope you can pop on and give us an update
several of us are worried about you


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   Posted 3/19/2012 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I called my drs office this afternoon and someone in the office has written my scripts for my pain meds. I asked the receptionist to mail them to my pharmacy and she said yes we will mail them. I am so relieved.

I hope this gets into her head that I can't find a pain management dr in my area within all the counties around me. I called the list she gave me and also called ones off the internet and they just won't take my medicaid. It's sad when no one will take it. I know the reason. Medicaid doesn't pay nearly the amount that other insurance companies pay.

I hope this has this problem fixed. I'm in withdrawls today and my back is hurting but it's not as bad when I know I'll have my meds in a few days.

Thank you all for your love and support. It's so great to be able to come here and vent, cry, etc and no one judges and everyone cares. I'll be glad when we have internet again at home and I can get on any time I want or need to. We should have it at the beginning of April. God Bless you all my friends. I hope you're all having a low pain afternoon.

love and hugs
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion
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