Oh you poor thing. Its so difficult to have chronic pain and also have to struggle to get your medication. Then the difficulty of getting ahold of your PS can cause extreme frustration which, only adds to your pain. I take Tramodol and I would have to agree that it does not work very well.
Try to hang in there. Trying to find a good PS is difficult. I have went through three and the one Im seeing now, Im losing my confidence in her.View Thread
I haven't had the acid burn done yet. Will prob. have it done in a week or two. I actually see a NP, who decides what procedures will be done, then the REAL pain specialist does what is ordered. The system is ridiculous.
The NP thumbs through my medical records and I constantly have to correct the things that she says. The last time I was there, I ask her to either prescribe something new or add something on top of the Lyrica. She would not add anything but upped the dose of Lyrica. She neglected to see that she had done that once before and it failed. I was so tired of explaining crap to her, correcting her, asking her questions and only getting half answers, that I was so exhausted, so frustrated and wanted to cry, I just wanted to get the hell out of there before I broke down.
The only reason I go to that place, is because they are the only pain specialists who will deal with my vulva pain.
My pain specialist told me that if she prescribed Hydrocodone, that I would have to come to their office once a month, do a drug test and pay for it out of my own pocket. She said that it was very expensive.
A few months ago my family Dr. prescribed Hydrocodone for my back pain. In my opinion, its ridiculous to have to get your pain medication from your family Dr. and not from the Dr. who should be giving it to you. Anyways, just recently I was at my family Dr.s for an entirely different reason and taped on the wall was a note that said:
Anyone being prescribed opioid medication and or *blah blah* medication, will have to take a monthly drug test, for as long as you are taking the medication, whether you are getting a monthly prescription or not.
I'm like "DOH!!!". For one thing, I can NOT afford to pay for a drug test once a month. I'm also afraid of drug tests because I do not trust them. I'm afraid of false positives. Also, what in the Hell are they looking for in a drug test? BTW, I take, on average, one Hydrocodone tablet a week, taking a monthly drug test is ridiculous. I wonder whats next?
If Dr.s are not going to give you pain medication, then they should fix the problem that is causing you the pain. If they can not fix the problem, then the damn drug testing should not be forced upon you.View Thread
Anette, Thats a really good idea. Next time I see my Dr. I will ask her about the drug tests, explain to her that I only use my Hydro about twice a week, only when my pain is at its worse. I will also tell her that I have vulva pain which usually keeps me at home, unable to drive, so going to a monthly drug test would be very difficult for me.View Thread
It is the ins. companies policy. I first need an x-ray and then I may be approved for an MRI. My ins. company is a pain in the azz. When a procedure is ordered and it needs to be done on both sides, left and right, my ins. will only allow my Dr. to do one side on one day and the other side the next day. shrugView Thread
Hello Bear, OMG, your poor thing. That sounds just awful. So sorry to hear about the meth dust and your pain.
At one of my Dr.s office, I read a pamphlet about Gene testing and how it can help determine what medications would be best to treat you with. Now I don't know how this works but I am going to ask my Dr. about it on my next visit.
Speaking of a money racket, my pain specialist, RA specialist and one of my Dr.s who specialize (in the woman area) pain, all wanted MRIs for different areas, my ins. wont cover it until I get x-rays done first. Then they may approve the MRI, but there are no promises.
Since its so tough to get a prescription for Hydrocodone, I use it very sparingly. I wish I could say that my pain was under control but its not. I have other pain medication that I use, Methocarbamol , Tramadol (mostly useless) and then the occasional Hydrocodone. Those are for my back pain. I also take Lyrica for my VLSC pain (it works only sometimes and when it does work, it just knocks the edge off the pain). When I ask most of my Drs for a pain script, they keep trying to push me off to other Dr.s Nobody wants to give out pain prescriptions anymore.
My Vulva Lichen Simplex Chronicus is so painful, I'm constantly having to cancel Dr. apts and dentist apts., because I can't drive to my apts. I would never be able to make it to a monthly drug test. Thank God my Psych. does phone apts. I can't even go out to dinner, the movies or visit my family who lives an hour away. Thanks for all the info. hun
Swank, drug testing every three months is something that I could prob. do, every month is way too often for me because of my driving/sitting situation. My VLSC makes it painful to sit. Thanks
Spencer, I hear ya. Meds cost too much, seeing a Dr. cost too much and having to pay out of pocket, monthly, for a drug test is over the top expensive.
Lorigibs, I do need daily pain medication but trying to find the right medication has been pretty rough. So far Hydrocodone is the only one that I can count on to help my back pain, when its at its worse. I've tried a slew of other pain medications, but non of those work or didn't work well enough. Ive had the back pain for over 6 yrs. But I also have VLSC pain and that is what I use Lyrica for. Dr.s hate to see that I take a muscle relaxer, a pain med. and an opioid and also nerve pain med., its just looks like way too many pills to them.View Thread