Hi to all of you, About 2 weeks ago I had a real life changing moment. My friend came over and I was walking like I was drunk. I do not drink any alcohol ever. My pain meds do not make me walk that way either.
I asked her to take me to the closest hospital and later was admitted. After all of the first tests, I was told that I had a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) They could not do an MRI because of the metal in my jaw implants. They ordered many CT scans with and w/out contrast and they got the diagnosis from the tests.
This mini-stroke has affected my memory and I still walk very strange. I have a cane and a walker from when my husband had knee replacements so if I really need some help I can use them.
Hi to All, I have been reading the messages about how Walgreens has become. I have also been included in this mess. Only, I thought it was a temporary thing and it had been fixed. Not so.
I had to change to another pain mgt. dr. due to my other pain dr. and what he did to me. I had an appt. with him and of course went to it but, when I arrived I was told "you were not supposed to come" to your appt. Didn't anyone call you? Well, the answer was hell no. They never called at all. Further more, that dr. sent all of my medical records to another pain mgt. dr. without my OK and I was just in a big mess. It's a long story.
Back to Walgreens. My husband took my scrip in to the same Walgreens that we have been using for more than 10 years and they told him that they could not fill it. The medication was for Methadone. It is a real good thing that I had put some aside because they absolutely would not fill that prescription even though it could have been filled.
After that happened, they told my husband at Walgreens that they had a NEW FORM that needed to be filled out by them and that my husband needed to sign the form. I have no idea what the form says or even what is really going on with that store.
Having said all of this I have had it with that Walgreens store. In the future I will be getting my prescriptions filled by my new pain mgt. dr. at the pharmacy she recommended which is in the same area as her office.
All of this craziness with Walgreens is just plain nuts and I don't need anymore stress in my life. Having chronic pain is bad enough, but when you can't even get your scrips filled at a pharmacy and especially one that you have been using for many years is just crazy.
Hi Grace, I have been to urgent care more times than I care to say. Mostly only for a sore throat, and infections similar to that. My most recent visit their for a sore throat and sore glands in my neck I was given an antibiotic and a cough med if it was needed.
These urgent care clinics do not prescribe Demerol, Stadol, or Morphine. I have found that the new type of clinics that are now around that have everything that a hospital would have for treatment and the wait time is very short well, they will give a morphine injection or put an IV in and then put the medicine in there. Those type of clinics are sometimes hard to find, but there is one where I live and it is not far, so if I am having a real bad type of pain and do not know why, I will go there. These clinics have a CT scan and x-rays on the spot and you get the results of any tests that they do before you ever leave there. I have never been given Demerol at any of these clinics though.
From what I have seen, the hospitals do not even give Demerol shots anymore. It is really too bad that they won't. It is just another way of how the drug abusers have screwed things up for real patients that have real pain.
I have also noticed that the clinics and hospitals prefer to use another drug for nausea instead of Phenergan or visteral. I just can not remember the name of that drug now. It is fairly new, probably been out for more than a few years now. Personally, if they offer that to me for nausea, I refuse it.
Hi bpcookie, I do not know if toradol would be the appropriate type of treatment for Vulva Lichen Simplex Chronicus . I do know that toradol injections have been given to me for an anti-inflammatory treatment. I think that toradol would not be a choice to inject in the vulva since that area is so very sensitive anyway. That is only my opinion though. I would ask a dr. in gynecology what they would recommend for your pain in that area. They would absolutely know better than someone that gets toradol for an orthopedic pain, etc.
I am interested in knowing what you find out from your GYN. Please let us know what he/she said. meaningfulc1952View Thread
Hi Grace, I was very surprised that the atenolol helped with my headaches. I thought at first that this dr. was nuts, but after trying the atenolol, I can tell you that it has helped me more than I ever expected. I have had no adverse side effects either. Prior to taking the atenolol I was taking a blood pressure medicine because my blood pressure ran a bit high. I quit taking the blood pressure meds and started on the atenolol and I am very pleased with the outcome. If there are any side effects with the atenolol, then I am not aware of any affecting me.
I hope that I answered the questions you had. Hope that you are doing well too. meaningfulc1952View Thread
Wow, you are in a real mess thanks to your pain management dr. dumping you. The same type of thing has happened to me over the years also.
I have seen first hand how this affects a patient when their own dr. just dumps you. I don't know if there is any legal thing you can do, but you really need to find another pain management dr.
If you keep looking and with your insurance (I am assuming that you have some) find the pain mgt. drs. on your insurance list. If there is nothing that looks like it will work out for the moment, then I would contact your family dr. about what happened to you. I hope that you have a family dr. Do you?
In the meantime, maybe your family dr. can help prescribe some of the medications that you were taking. When this happened to me, my family dr. would not write a prescription for an opiate such as methadone that I had been taking. Apparently, there are some laws and only certain types of drs. can write prescriptions for meds like methadone, morphine, etc. In the meantime, I was given a medication with codeine in it and that helped until I found a pain mgt. dr. Some of the other meds that I was taking also were prescribed to me by my family dr. You can rest assured that they can help with some of the medications.
In the meantime, you need to find another pain management dr. and bring your medical records to your appt. with them and hope for the best.
It is cruel and unusual punishment that a dr. would up and leave you "high and dry" with none of the strong medications to continue to take until you get established with another dr.
Wow, I am really sorry this happened to you. Like I said this happened to me also. It is very depressing and made me feel like a "bad person" when I knew that I had done nothing wrong . I wish that some of these drs. that do this to their patients get into the same kind of mess that can be dangerous to say the least to your health. It is not right to be taking a medication for a long time and then get completely cut off from it. Your dr. should have at least weaned you off of the medications until you could find another dr.
I do not have all of the answers, but some drs. are not worth a hoot! Please let us know what is going on and get an appointment with a different pain mgt. dr. and go forward. Do not let that dr. make you feel like you screwed up unless you did. It does not sound like you did anything wrong from what you have already said.
Hi rit05, Do you have any nausea with the pain in your head? Is this something that just started? If it is then you really need to see a neurologist. They treat all kinds of headaches. There are tension and migraine headaches and both are very different in how they are treated with different medications.
I have suffered with migraines and tension headaches since I was a teenager and I am now 60 yrs. My neurologist prescribes fioricet with codeine and Phenergan for the nausea, and sumatriptan for the migraine headaches. I also get botox in my neck to relax the tight muscles there and in my shoulders, etc. There are many different types of medications that can be prescribed to treat headaches. Sometimes it takes more than one dr. to find the one that really will help you with the proper treatment. It is important to know how the dr. you are seeing treats headaches and if you try their treatment and do not get relief, then I would recommend that you let that dr. know that you are still having pain.
In my opinion, if you do not get the right answers and treatment from your dr., then you should consider making a change to some other dr. It is important to have a good relationship with your dr. also. Some drs. think that some patients are just looking for drugs and dismiss the patient. I have had this happen to me. It is extremely frustrating and demeaning.
If that should happen to you, then look for a different dr. that is interested in helping you. Oh, I now take atenolol at bedtime for the prevention of headaches and I have been surprised that this medication is helping me very much.
Let us know how you are doing and if you have seen a neurologist. Good luck, meaningfulc1952View Thread
Hi Grace, I am so sorry that you are having a bad pain day. I certainly can understand where you are coming from. Pain does isolate many of us that have it. It certainly does isolate me from having fun or doing something social whether it is with my husband or a group of friends.
I do know that after a while of feeling this way I get down and out. It is depressing to me and "we" know how we feel. It is too bad that the other folks that do not have chronic pain can't understand better. It feels as if they do not want to understand. As for them, it is so much easier to just dismiss us and avoid us and they go about their own lives.
I say that one of these day they might be in our shoes and be in chronic to severe pain and feel very frustrated. Then I wonder who will listen to them.
Hope that you feel much better. Take it easy on yourself.
Hi 77grace: Yes, I do believe the change in my medications is much better. This new pain mgt. dr. also increased my valium from 3 a day to 4 a day. That was something that I always need more of than only 3 per day.
I also am pleased that this new dr. does not make me feel bad or like I should not be needing these pain medications. She has my OP reports and x-rays and that is the proof as to why I am in chronic to severe pain.
This new dr. is a keeper for sure. I can work with her. The other one that I had just made me feel like I was a bad person and I was getting so tired of that. I did not ask to be in pain and sure did not expect that I would have continued pain after my surgeries.
I believe that making a change from the methadone to morphine has been helpful. No withdrawal from not taking the methadone that I went through. I just stopped taking the methadone and started the new meds, the morphine and the breakthrough med.
Hope that you are feeling well. Take care, Meaningfulc1952View Thread
Hi nanaberg2013, I recently took 2 new different scrips in to Walgreens to see if they had enough of the 2 medications. They said that they did not and maybe they could order one of them towards the end of that week. They were not very helpful either. I have been going to the same Walgreens for many, many years now.
I left the store and came home and called CVS and asked them if they had the 2 medications that I needed to have filled. They said that they did and I brought my 2 new scrips there. One was for morphine and one was for MS Contin. They said they could not fill one of them because it was too soon, but said they would fill it when it would go through on my insurance. The bottom line is they did fill both of my scrips.
I do not know what is going on with Walgreens lately, but they seem to have some sort of problem in filling opiate prescriptions.
Has anyone else had a similar situation like this happen to them? I am seriously thinking of changing pharmacies now. This is absolutely ridiculous if you ask me. My new pain mgt. dr. recommends that we get our prescriptions filled at a pharmacy that is just down the way from their office. It is not some big chain type of pharmacy. I think that I might start getting my meds filled there that are from my pain mgt. dr. They did not give me any trouble when I took in the first 2 new prescriptions.
All of this craziness about some pharmacies not willing to help in pre-ordering the medications that I need is getting out of control if you ask me.