I am a 67 year old man who has had 5 "FAILED" back surgeries and countless injections, procedures, etc. About 15 years ago, after NEVER, EVER, taken prescribed medicine, I was prescribed OXYCONTIN, 40 mgs and it was like 360 tablets per month. This medication saved my life, so to speak because I was in constant agony 24 hours a day. I never went over that amount, never called the doctor and said I lost my medicine, someone stole it, etc. Then, the ingredients for Oxycontin was changed to prevent these dope fiends from sniffing it or whatever they do to get buzzed. That NEW formula was not good for me and did not lower my pain so, I had to get that changed to a medication that worked for me. Now this was during the time that society was compassionate for people who suffered from chronic pain and doctors were nudged to prescribe the pain medication available for these patients. My family doctor took over my pain managment since it was a Workers Compensation case and the insurance company paid generously for any claims associated with that injury. So, a few years ago, after tinkering for the kind and quantity of medication for my particular body makeup, I was prescribed 360 tablets of Roxycodone 30 mgs each month and 180 tablets of Opana 30 mgs each month. That prescription every month for several years saved my life because before that, I had no life. Then, of course, the Opana ingredients were changed. However, by this time, society now nudged the doctors and the public to be AGAINST prescribing pain medicine and my medicine and the amount was "WAY TO MUCH" according to these "pain clinics" that cropped up overnight. These pain clinics have gone along with our society's thought of not prescribing pain medicine and/or immediately reduce the amount and type. HOWEVER, THEY'RE PROCEDURES, INJECTIONS, ETC. IS FINE EVEN THOUGH THOSE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE PROCEDURES ARE EXTREMELY HIGH.
Cutting to the chase, my nice primary doctor will not do long term pain management any longer so my only alternative is 3 ways. Look around for street drugs, go to Mexico or Canada which my insurance company will NOT pay for, or kill myself.View Thread