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Difficulty obtaining Meds

Started by james302 on 08/10/2010 8:45pm

Never have been in this spot before but have been experiencing serious leg pain for about 3 months post 3 lumbar surgeries in 4 years. 2 neurosurgeons have recommended SCS and I am considering this seriously.Have tenativelly scheduled trial stimulator in about one month. I have a pressing problem as I am almost out of pain meds. I called neurosurgeons office and they said they only do meds post surgery.My family doctor says the neurosurgeon is treating me for this issue and points me back there. I have no idea how I can make it a month until the stimulator trial. Any ideas?thanks

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My suggestion would be to again contact your family physician and explain the situation. Or you may want t to try to see a pain management specialist if you can get into see one in the interim. Other thought is you mentioned TWO neurosurgeons. Did you check with both of them? I think policies differ on this.

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You didn't say if you had been going to pain management. Your doctor cannot refuse to prescribed your meds. Now if you were going to a pain management doctor that doctor cannot refuse to fill your meds. Your doctor took an oath in medical school.He cannot refuse to take care of you so long as he is your doctor. Your neurosurgeon is not responsible for your regular meds only post op.I just went through.Almost the same thing.I called medicare and turned him in.He is now under investigation. If he still refuses you.Try calling your insurance company.If you pay cash, try getting in touch with a medical board.If your doctor has discontinued those meds that a whole different deal.Remind your doctor that he is your primary care doctor and he has an obligation to you and that you will contact your insurance or medical board to find out your patient rights.I'll bet he fills your prescriptions real fast.

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That seems to be my biggest problem! I had the PLIF on 09/14 and still experiencing a great amount of pain that only the percocet will take care of. The mri seems fine so he referred me to the Pain clinic where he said they will manage my pain needs from this point on. They started me on Neurontin that takes a few weeks to start working. In the meantime, will the pain clinic be able to prescribe me percocet or are they strictly non-narcotic? I have to know because when I ran out and had to go 2 days without any, I have never felt so much pain in my life! I am so afraid of having to feel that pain again!

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I feel for you!!! AND the last responder!!! I JUST went thru this! (Actually, I went thru a WHOLE LOT worse,about 10 yrs. ago.....but it's too long to even TRY to go into, lol!!)
I have SLE (systemic Lupus), Scleroderma-BOTH internal AND external, Rheumatoid Arthritis and SEVERE Osteoporosis (sitting here at this moment, having JUST found out, via MRI, that I have a broken rt. Hip, and several fractured Vertebrae, about 10 HERNIATED Discs, and Thecal Sac Stenosis (whatever THAT is!!:), and Scoliosis w/Broad Central Protrusion at L2-3) and also Fibromyalgis. Wouldn't THINK that ANYONE would refuse meds to me, would you? WRONG!! For about 15 yrs., I went undiagnosed, wrongly diagnosed, and UNdiagnosed. I was made to feel like an addict, and, in fact, got thrown into a Drug Treatment Center, who then promptly sent me back home. I switched Rheumatologists recently, and my NEW one just, "doesn't DO Drugs"!! SO- I went to a Pain Mngmnt. Dr. An MD. in the field. He IMMEDIATLY TRIPLED the medicine that I WAS taking, Oxycontin, to 80mg, three times a day. And he also prescribed Percocet 10's-2 every 3-4 hrs. for break through pain. And a sleep aid, And an Anti-Depressant (which I HIGHLY reccomend!!:) AND medicine for Anxiety. He has just switched me over to the new extended release Dilaudid, EXALGO, with 8mg. Dilaudid for BTP. ****** PLEASE, PLEASE get a recommendation from EITHER your Neurosurgeons OR your Primary Care Doc!!!!! They can prescribe what the others CAN'T!! THEY have a MUCH LESS chance of getting into SERIOUS trouble w/ the FDA!!! Please DON'T be mad at the others, they are only ALLOWED to prescribe a small amount per year!!
I have been married TWICE- to TWO Physicians- (yeah......I KNOW......BUT...I DID NOT MEAN TO!!! LOL!!) so I DO understand BOTH sides!!! BUT-I BELIEVE that you NEED a referral. Good Luck, and "Keep your chin up"....it WILL be OK!! Keep us updated!!! I care!! XO, Becky

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Your story sounds alot like mine.Out of desperation I tried all ther new treatments. Ive been diagnosed with chronic pain,ddd,fibromyalgia,spondyloll. i had surgery on L4L5 about a month ago. Now the protrudin discs inmy neck is freakin out.My surgeon doesonly post op and my ins.is completely exausted.I think Im in trouble this time aroun

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WOW!! I thought I was alone in this boat!! Im having the same problem.In fact I had a fusion because I was so tired of trying to explain how bad my pain was only for them to treat me like a dopehead.That was Jan.4 and Im right back there only now I have no insurance.My advice is to have one of them refer you to a pain clinic.But be prepared those are full of dopeheads.Its sad when you need them you cant get them but you see kids in there 20s walkin out with stronger stuff and sellin it right there

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