I see the word discrimination being used over and over.
This means that there is more than one group and that the people in the different groups get treated differently. If the patients in pain are one of the groups, who are the other groups who get different treatment?
I also want to know what she means by President Obama's mother.View Thread
Hi bpcookie, I don't know as much about this as people who've been reading the site for along time. It seems like some are having trouble getting doctors who write their drugs and pharmacies that can fill the prescriptions.
The thing you say about the DEA taking away doctor's licenses- I wonder how you know this or why you think that doctors are afraid of the DEA. If a patient dies from an overdose- taking more then the doctor prescribed, is it real that the DEA will take their license away?
I'd think that the doctor would have a hearing to tell the facts of the reason for the action against him. If the prescription says to take 2 a day and the patient takes 20, then the doctor is not at fault.
I know that there were really bad drug abuse problems in Florida for years. The state did all they could and failed to make a difference. It was the state of Florida elected officials who had to call in the DEA to help.
Now many bad doctors have moved to Georgia, so more rigid there, and Kentucky, too.
I know of only one doctor who lost her license in my state. She was also arrested for lots of drug charges like prescribeing enormous amounts of meds to people who had no medical reason for needing them. Doctors who are doing bad things should lose their licenses. It sounds like some doctors just leave without any warning.
My inexperience on this things seems to point to docs who just run away from practices and drop patients who haven't done anything wrong must be doing something wrong and illegal or they wouldn't just run out like that.
Like Annette and CTBeth said, addiction is a disease, not a sign of weakness or evil. If we see them as the cause and blame them and stay so angry, it'll be worse fro all of us.View Thread
Hi Meanngful1952. Could the drug the you're talking about be Zofran? I had a problem with nausea and vomiting for almost 2 weeks after fusion surgery. My doctor prescribed Zofran and it worked really well. Is there something about it that you didn't like? If you had severe vomiting and you were offered Zofram, why would you refuse to take it? Are there new problems with it? I was given Compazine once at the hospital post-op. It made me really jumpy, so that's when I had Zofran. It seemed fine for me.
Annette said that as RNs, that she haven't seen Demerol for a long time. Does this have to do with drug addicts? I guess I really don't understand this.
I was injured in a freak fall. An ambulance came and they gave me morphine in the ambulance. I don't know what I got post op for pain.I don't think that I asked what it was.View Thread
My insurance company approve my trial today!
The surgery said they will call me next week with the date and the instructions for what I have to do
The company person will also call this afternoon of on Monday. I think that I have to talk to someone from there, too
St Jude is the one my surgeon has recommended.
I'm more excited than scared. I have the website to read and write questions for the company agent
So wish me luck of Bon voyage!
Hi. Feardorcha here.
I'm kind of new to this pain med world, so I have a question for everyone.
What is the reason for changing pain meds?
I was taking the med that my doctor prescribes. After a while, he suggested a long acting med so I only have to take it once a day.
Should I be looking up the different pain meds myself?
I haven't done this at all and my doctor makes the decision about that.
I didn't know that it's done any differently than this
I just wonder and I feel a little backwards for not doing this?View Thread
We can stop spending a cent at the pharmacies that are not willing to help us. Then, tell your friends and family why. Write a letter to the pharmacy headquarters and ask your friends and family to do the same. If you want, share your letter with your friends who'll agree to also send a letter. If you share your letter it might make it easier for them to do the same, right? Hit them where it matters- their profits!! I wrote a letter after my Exalgo problem with a certain large chain drugstore. If anyone wants I can post a copy. If you like it, anyone has my permission to use it. The drugstore never even apologized to me after I sent the letter. I go to Rite Aid now and won't buy anything at the store that was rude and not helpful to me.View Thread
Hi 77grace, I have been reading the site for a few months and just joined. I see that you always have nice things to say. My prescriptions were always filled at Walgreens. I liked the pharmacists and I liked shopping there for other things. They have lots of things that I need and it saved me (painful) trips to the grocery store. I also have to get my prescriptions at the same pharmacy according to my pain med contract. A few months ago my doctor started prescribing me Exalgo. Walgreens didn't have it and made no effort to help me get it. I waited days to hear back from them and no on ecalled or texted me. I called my doctors office and asked if I could change pharmacies. They said that I could but I'd have to come by the office and change the pharmacy on my contract. I did and went to Rite Aid.
So, I didn't like the way I was treated at Walgreen and went elsewhere. If they treat us poorly and we take our business elsewhere- Walgreens will lose money and customers. Isn't that the best way to make ourselves heard by hitting them in the pocketbook? FeardorchaView Thread
Hi swimmer I swim as much as I can to help with pain and as exercise that is one that I can do without pain after. My local YMCA has a heated "therapy pool". It's a perfect temp if you like warm swimming. It's a smaller pool. Sometime it's a little too warm for me. They have another pool for general use that's bigger. I think that some health clubs have heated pools, but they are most expensive then the YMCA. I hope that you'll find one that you like. It really helps and staying in shape. I gained about 20 pounds after my fusion. My doctor warned me that it's very bad for my back to have extra weight. The swimming and eating right (of course) helped me lose the weight. Without the swimming, it would have been tough. Do you get less cold once you're in the pool for a while?View Thread
Hi CTBeth. I just signed up to participate on the page but I have read it for a few months. I have an appt with a neurosurgery to talk about spinal cord stimulator. Why do you have to have your battery changed so often? What is the reason for the pain for you? I had lumbar 2 level 4,5 and lumbar 5-S1 done in January 2011. I did well for about a year and the past year the pain is my back and both legs is killing me. I'm on extended LOA at work and am having a hard time. I take Exalgo one a day for pain and I have Perc 5/325 for in between and I don't think it helps much. I was first hurt in a freak fall accident. I had physical therapy, epidurals, medrol dose pack, anti-inflamatories (non-steroids) for about a year before the fusion surgery. My diagnosis now is post laminectomey syndrome or failed back surgery syndrome. I believe that is two names for the same thing. Does anyone know? I like my doctors and all, but their not great about answering questions in a way that I really feel like I totally get it. I think that this group will be a good way to get real answers. I really want the scs and hope that I'll be able to return to work in the fall. I am a (middle school) teacher and love my job, the people I work with, and my students. thanksView Thread
My surgeon also has referred me to a neurosurgery to talk about spinal cord stim, too. I have heard that the trial isn't painful. Someone who has one can tell us more? I know that CTBeth from the site has one and hope she'll tell more for us. Twoterriers, can you tell us about the trial? I'm not afraid but excited.View Thread