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Kaely
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   Posted 6/26/2012 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor recently put me on morphine er. Being new to taking these type of drugs I failed to notice when I was running low. On Sunday I picked up the bottle and noticed there weren't many pills left in it.

I call my doctor Monday morning, get put through to her nurse and explain the situation. She was really nice about it and got back to me quickly and told me my prescription would be ready today.

Didn't sleep well last night, so of course I overslept today. (i vaguely recall shutting off the alarm) So finally at about 2pm I'm ready to head out for the half hour drive to my doctor's office. I start my car, take off the e-brake and start to back up or at least I tried to back up. My e-brake was stuck! I try moving the car forward and backward. No luck.

So I go next door to my auntie's house (dragging a wheel the whole way.) I called my aunt to ask to borrow her car. No luck, she has her car keys with her.

Did I mention that it was raining? Oh yeah, not sprinkling all out raining. My aunt tells me to call the local service station and have them come get my car. So I do and they say they'll be right down. I go back out into the rain to wait. While waiting I tried moving the car back and forth again, still no luck.

The service guy arrives tosses down some cardboard and crawls under the car. Hits something with a hammer, mutters to himself that it's not going to come loose and there is no way I'll be going to get anything today. He crawls out from under the car, sits in the car and drives it forward easy as you please!

Sooooo, I have my meds and just can't use my e-brake until my uncle gets home to look at it. That sounds really easy unless you've driven a standard for many years. I have to force myself to just put it in gear and not pull the brake.

Anyway, the moral of the story is: always know how many pills you have left and don't wait till the last second to get them filled.

Jim1969
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   Posted 6/26/2012 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have a cell phone with a reminder/calender function on it set a reminder for about a week before you are due for a refill. It is all too easy to get caught up with life and the next thing you know you are almost out and the Murphy steps in to make a bad situation next to impossible.

Glad things worked out for you in the end.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.
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Kaely
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   Posted 6/26/2012 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
That is a great idea! I don't have a cell phone but I have a computer. I'll find a program and set that up. I don't need a repeat of today EVER again. I seriously did not know if I should laugh or cry. You can imagine the pain I was in by the time I got home.

I guess I should be glad I live somewhere that the guy from the service station would actually come to my house and fix the car in my yard. I'm thinking that doesn't happen just anywhere.
Chronic pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow (both arms), Arthritis (knees and fingers), Diabetes. Ruptured disk L-4, Severe degenerative damage L5-S1, ACDF C5-C6

Purgatory
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   Posted 6/26/2012 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Good advice. That was quite a story along the lines of Murphy's law for sure.

I have to really plan for my Fentanyl patch refills carefully too. Last week, they put it in the mail on Monday, as usual, most times I get it the next day. By Thursday, no prescription in the mail, was already on my last patch. Ended up having to drive one hour to a hospital where my oncologist left me another prescription, then an hour back to the drug store, By then, i was one full day behind on my patch switch, as I have to switch every 48 hours. This Monday, the dr's nurse called, and the prescription she mailed came back in the mail, instead of sending it to Stone Avenue where I live, she wrote Stone Way. It was a close call, was afraid of having to go all weekend with no med.

We all have those moments.

David in SC
Age: 59, 56 dx, PSA: 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, original catheters 63 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/10 .04, 8/10 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8, 12/11 14.0, 4/12 37.0
Other: Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, had Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10
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Kaely
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   Posted 6/26/2012 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It kinda felt like Murphy was following me around smacking me with his law today!

Glad I'm not the only one who has these days :)
Chronic pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow (both arms), Arthritis (knees and fingers), Diabetes. Ruptured disk L-4, Severe degenerative damage L5-S1, ACDF C5-C6

Purgatory
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   Posted 6/26/2012 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Happens to the best of us, despite our better intentions and even planning, as they say "it happens".
Age: 59, 56 dx, PSA: 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, original catheters 63 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/10 .04, 8/10 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8, 12/11 14.0, 4/12 37.0
Other: Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, had Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10
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alsoinpain
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   Posted 6/27/2012 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you had a bad time of it, but glad you were able to get your meds. My appointments are every 4 weeks with the PM, but its two weeks into my new script and 2 weeks till my next one so the only thing i have to worry about, luckily, is remembering to drop it off. 8-)
My DX: fairly advanced, moderate to severe degenerative disk disease at L3-L4 , L4-L5 with endplate sclerosis and osteophyte formation and moderate facet osteoarthropathy. There is a transitional left lumbosacral segment with articulation of the transitional segment and the sacrum, also known as Bertolotti syndrome. There are degenerative changes at C5-C6 with disk space narrowing and spurring.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 6/27/2012 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
 
        Good topic Kaely!...and many of us relate to this! That is one of the reasons that I never stop worrying until I get that hot little script in my hands.
 
      I also use my phone to alert me on refills, and just about everything else for that fact! One thing I do like about the Fentanyl patch is that the downward cycle does not seem so harsh, and will allow me to fudge a little...if I don't have immediate access to them, or the Dr is late signing the script. I believe it stays in your system longer than a BT med.
 
   I do have BT med's, and learned early on that if one can get by, (not easy to do, if your undermedicated to start with)...and save a few, it sure does help in a pinch. rolleyes ...and I have been pinched before! tongue  
 
     So, planning ahead in more than one area, might prove to a real life saver someday.
 
     Good luck to all of us that have those kind of days!
 
     SE wink
     
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 6/27/2012 8:49:59 AM (GMT-6)


alsoinpain
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   Posted 6/27/2012 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
SE, that is also a good point about having extra's just in case. I try to keep one to two days worth extra, just in case, you never know when the pharmacy may run out and have to order more. My PM doesn't seem to mind, at least he hasn't mentioned it when they do the pill counts.
My DX: fairly advanced, moderate to severe degenerative disk disease at L3-L4 , L4-L5 with endplate sclerosis and osteophyte formation and moderate facet osteoarthropathy. There is a transitional left lumbosacral segment with articulation of the transitional segment and the sacrum, also known as Bertolotti syndrome. There are degenerative changes at C5-C6 with disk space narrowing and spurring.

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 6/27/2012 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
 
        Yes I agree alsoinpain!...I have even mentioned this to my PCD and he has added extra for me at one time. It depends on the relationship you have with your PM/PCD. However remember at any given time, he may ask to see if you still have the extra's...and if he has not missed scripting any of your med's on time...and you don't have them...then it could cause a problem. And we would not want that! shakehead
 
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millymilan
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   Posted 6/27/2012 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I once ran low on my meds and was told I could not refill them until two day ahead of the actual day I saw the doctor. I had only three pain pills left and it was worried about controlling my pain. I made it thru okay. I have memory problems and often forget when I took my last pain med. So I write it down now. So I was also told that I could only have 4 pain pills a day. This bit of information has helped me a great deal. I was not told this intially. So now I am watching this pretty closely and I am doin better keeping tract of my pain meds.

Worthit
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   Posted 6/27/2012 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
shocked   shocked Sounds like a mess Kaely. Judge Murphy can throw his laws at you pretty hard sometime!lol I was wondering if you had any luck filing for medicade? This can help your situation but I know it's very hard to get thru. Anyway I havent ran out of anything yet in past couple yr. but I've been upped my pain rx's and thought I'd get myself a small desk calender to keep next to my meds and mark what times Ive taken them. Good luck on keeping this straight because the Honorable Murhpy is light on his feet and heavy with his gavel!!! shocked

Kaely
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   Posted 6/28/2012 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I doubt my doctor would give me extra, but I'm going to try the calendar reminders on my computer. Worthit you cracked me up with the light on his feet comment. I do seem to get smacked a lot with his gavel.
Chronic pain, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Tennis Elbow (both arms), Arthritis (knees and fingers), Diabetes. Ruptured disk L-4, Severe degenerative damage L5-S1, ACDF C5-C6

alsoinpain
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   Posted 6/28/2012 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
SE, very good point, i hadn't thought of that. I'll have to make sure to keep an eye on that because your right, if i have 3 extra one month, they might expect me to always have that 3 extra. Thanks!
My DX: fairly advanced, moderate to severe degenerative disk disease at L3-L4 , L4-L5 with endplate sclerosis and osteophyte formation and moderate facet osteoarthropathy. There is a transitional left lumbosacral segment with articulation of the transitional segment and the sacrum, also known as Bertolotti syndrome. There are degenerative changes at C5-C6 with disk space narrowing and spurring.
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