Ladywood- I can tell you the vicodin is safe to take 1/2 a time, basically what the pharmacist and others here have told me is that if it has the line through it it's safe to cut. Also, it's as easy as calling your pharmacist.
The first thing I would do is call your insurance company and explain the situation, or call your primary care doctor. They should know about
the situation and be able to get you a quick referall. Simply explain that you have been taking at least 1-2-3 whatever pills a day of x type and that you need to know how to safely ween yourself off of them, should you need to, before you can get in to a pain center. This is in no way your fault, so they should be fairly sympathetic. Just explain that you would like to avoid withdrawl symptoms. Your primary care may even be able to give you a script
for a less amount or a script
to carry you through should you need it till you get in.
I would also get over the idea of being narcotic free, if you are using them for legitimate pain. At one point, someone had suggested that perhaps my body was addicted to the pain medication, therefore making the pain messages sent stronger in order to get them. So I took myself off all pain meds (even tylenol) for a month and a half I think was. There were days I hurt so bad I couldn't even get out of bed. All it did for me was confirm that I needed the meds for pain that was there. I would end up at times throwing up, shaking, and getting chills from how much pain I was in. I know it wasn't withdrawl because I didn't experience any, and this continued even after a month off the pain meds, and only happened when the pain was bad.
Hugs and please take care. AS far as the wheelchair van, I live in a very small town area, and they have a "dial a ride" thing where people going to medical appointments can get (yes even wheelchair/handicap accessable) pickedup for only one dollar. They just have to have proof that they are visiting the doctor. You may want to call around, not sure who you would check, but find out if anything like this is availible for you.
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