Hi Todd & welcome to Healing Well. I am sorry to read about
the situation you are in concerning pain medication.
What Seashell has written above is the absolute truth. Most of the people that suffer with chronic pain are have already gone through where you find yourself at now. The restrictions are very much real & to be honest I am surprised that you have been getting the Fentanyl for this long.
If I understand correctly you are on Medicaid for medical treatment & for your prescript
ions is that right? If this is true there could also be changes that has been made in their policy as to what medications they will pay for. I do know that in some states Medicaid will not pay for pain mgt treatment at all. The people have to pay out of pocket to see a pain mgt dr & same for pain medications. It sounds like to me you need to call & find out if they are no longer covering pain mgt.
As for getting a lawyer involved you will be wasting your time. There is no law that states a dr has to give a patient narcotics, that is strictly the drs decision. Trying to force a state to pay for medications is totally out of question too. You will be better off spending your time trying to find ways to help yourself. I am not trying to sound harsh or cold hearted by any means, I am being realistic. I have been on the chronic pain journey nearly half of my life & I am almost 65 yrs old.
And as you said going to ER because of pain is a complete joke. We are treated like we are addicts & get told we do not give out pain medication. The stigma attached to chronic pain is out there. Apparently you have not kept up with all of the changes & rxing guidelines. This has been going on for several years now. It has been all over the news & continues to be in the news. Every time someone dies whether its an accidental overdose or not, it makes headlines & they point the finger at the narcotic they were taking.
Hopefully you will come up with a plan to help yourself. Take care.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 5/18/2017 5:26:44 AM (GMT-6)