May I ask what was the second surgery that was done to his back? I would think that it would be a fusion or that this needs to be done if his discs have herniated.
The Dr. that moved out of state did not recommend another Dr. for all his patients? That is strange.
I'm sure you realize that chronic pain mgmt. is much more than just being prescribed an opiate. That is only one small piece of the puzzle...
He needs to find a Dr. who will offer a comprehensive program to help him.
This includes daily exercise, yoga/stretching, aqua therapy, acpuncture, massage, ice, heat, injections, TENS unit, possible SCS unit, counseling, etc.
As well as a muscle relaxer to take as needed.
And most people with spine issues take a nerve pain medication like Lyrica, Cymbalta, or Neurontin.
An antidepressant is another way to help both pain and deal with living with chronic pain.
I would hope that he is a healthy weight and does not smoke as this can actually cause spine issues or make them worse.
If you all are only calling around asking for pain medicine/narcotics...then most Drs. are going to not want to see him. He has to be willing to want to work with them as the goal to have less pain....not just get a prescription.
There are good Drs. everywhere...even in the states that have higher abuse/addiction rates.
What about getting help from the Ortho or Neuro who did his surgeries....can he not help find a pain mgmt. Dr. in the area? I would think they would help you as they are the ones to diagnose him with the problems and be able to show in his medical records that he is not a candidate for any surgery right now.
Does he not have any health insurance right now? If he does...then calling them to ask what are the names of the PM Drs. in the area that take his insurance.
Again...it's really about using every possible modality to help get one's pain down to about a 5 or so...and that is with everything I listed including use of the non narcotics as well.
Are you still able to work? Maybe you can carpool with some co-workers who know that you have some physical issues and would be happy to help...
Or if it's just a matter of getting to a Dr.s appt or the store for groceries...how about any family or friends that can rotate helping out...My church has many programs to assist people with things like this...as do a lot of counties around the US...you can look online for different programs in your area...
There are also grocery stores that now deliver their food for pretty cheap...actually cheaper than driving with gas these days!..
For me...as I wrote in another post...I don't take certain meds that make me drowsy or have a slowed reaction when I'm driving somewhere...I can go a few hours without a certain medication and then just take it when I get home..
So..you sound pretty frustrated as I know it's hard to live with CP..I've been doing it for 10 years...but there are options...it just takes some creativity...there are lots of wonderful people out there ready to help!...View Thread
I certainly don't doubt there are different laws by State based on DWI/DUI's....I think you are allowed to fight that in court if the police officer does not do any type of test to determine if someone is impaired...and not just a field sobriety test...as you know as a nurse, and myself having been in the FD...people who are just plain drowsy or extremely fatigued can be just as impaired...
I'm certainly thankful for laws being more stringent about texting/talking on the phone while driving..it's tragic how many accidents there are these days because of this!
I am more objecting to never hearing about what TDX is writing about the DMV and getting/renewing our regular driver's license and our SSN numbers and health records...View Thread
TDX....where is this listed by a government agency about the 43 states requiring a note from your Dr. about narcotics? I have never heard of this...
As well as..it is against the HIPAA law for anyone to get access to your medical records without your permission. The DMV cannot use your SSN number to look up anything medical. The Prescription Monitoring system is for Drs., ERs, and Pharmacies that you go to that can look up the reocords of your prescriptions..
It just can't be accessed by some Pharmacy in Utah and I live in VA...It is for a new Dr. or the ER that you see to look this up.
Also..even hypothetically it wouldn't make any sense for the DMV to do this with your SSN...just because you have a record of prescriptions...not everyone takes them before driving...that's like getting a list of possible restaurants you go to just in case you have a few many beers and get in the car...So having a 'list' has nothing to do with driving under the influence...
Again...not everybody who is on a medicine takes them while driving like myself...
Yes...in all states if you get into an accident and it is your fault and you are found to have medication in your system that impaired your driving...then you can get fined/ticketed/jailed...that is just like drinking...but they cannot take away your driver's license BEFORE this happens..
There are also many types of medications that are non narcotic that can cause someone to be drowsy or impair their driving..
Just like texting, talking on the phone, extreme fatigue, etc.
So that means they could take away everyone's license just because you own and carry a cell phone..not whether you use it or not driving...see how that doesn't make any sense?
There are certain medical conditions like seizures listed on your driver's license application...where it's up to you whether you tell the DMV about this condition...
A CML is a bit different as that requires a background check as well as a medical exam to be done for driving a commercial vehicle along with the company you drive for can do urine tests periodically but again...this is all with YOUR permission.
If you have actual documentation from a .gov website where this is listed...please share...thanks:)View Thread