I have to agree with Rosie here too. I know first hand how horrible the pain can be from fibro and lupus. I live with it every day, and I have found ways to cope with the debilitating pain in my feet, neck and back. Narcotics are not an option I am willing to try. The pain doctor is looking out for your best interest by telling you how addictive narcotics are. He's not the bad guy here. It sounds, by what you've written, that you have plenty of medication to get you through to November 1st when your insurance kicks in. You said you only need the medication one or two times a month during flares. 80 pills with 2 refills and 60 pills sounds like a lot of medication to me. Maybe I'm misunderstanding this???
Anyway, I have to be honest here too, and like Rosie, I'm not trying to start a feud, but sometimes we need to be real clear with each other if something is not sounding right, or puts one of us in a bad situation. Please be careful. I really hope this pain clinic can help you to find new - drug free ways - of dealing with the pain. I understand 100% how bad it can get. Believe me. I'm doing this with NO pain medication. Not even extra strength Tylenol. Nothing. If I can do it, anyone can. You asked for suggestions on what to do.... I suggest trying to do this with the help of the pain doctor, his resources, and without the drugs.
I wish you well,
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13
34 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, Cozaar, Tramacet, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus