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I will first give it  some time to heal on it's own....and it usally does for me anyway...

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My husband went through the hell of being treated like a drug addict after being prescribed Opiode drugs by Doctors. He never had used drugs and ended up having to go to an Addiction Specialist to get off the "Doctor" prescribed drugs! I told one Doctor, "A doctor put him on it, a Doctor can take him off it"!!! They too have him hell...I ended up contacting a mental health organization and explained the situation. As he was trying to stop the opiodes himself. You can not do this, as you will go into withdrawal. It was horrible, he said he felt like he was going to die. Doctors DO NOT tell you that Opiode drugs make you hurt more, therefore they up the dosage. Long story short an Addiction Specialist put him on Suboxen and monitored him until the withdrawals were gone. He will not take anything since this HORRIBLE ordeal. Feds busted some "pill mills" around the area so all Docs were not wanting to help. I repeat you can NOT just stop Opiode drugs without the help of a Doctor. I thank God for the Specialist whom helped my husband, he knew by talking to him he was not a drug addict nor "drug seeking". The Specialist had my husband show him in his physicians book whom prescribed him the meds. These Docs need to be held accountable, not the patients they misinform!!
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My doctor writes me out three prescriptions for my opioid painkillers and I put them on file with my pharmacy. I do have to go in every three months but, that beats every month. Also, I have a spinal cord stimulator that helps a tremendous amount but not enough to not still be on opioid painkillers.
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I don't know if it's an actual law here in Colorado, but it is required to go through those exact steps to get narcotics.  There is a state registry available to pharmacies and doctors.  They check with this before filling the written scrip to make sure you're not filling them all over the state by different docs.  It is horribly unfair to those of us who do not abuse meds. 

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Oh my, doesn't anyone remember the shake up about Fentanyl? I thought it was banned! I was on it, but I was allergic. Now, almost everything has been tried on me and nothing worked long term, so now (three years or more) I take nothing for pain. After my doctor moved away, there was no one else in my town to trust. It's very hard, but I exercise everyday and try to eat right. I do use Turmeric and Cayenne pepper powder daily. To preach to the non-choir, There is nothing, nothing you do that does not hurt. I've heard that doctors don't study about pain in medical school. Wow! I know my doctors did not understand that I didn't want to be addicted to anything. I don't want a high. What I want is the pain gone, even for a few hours per day... Friends, I know what you feel. I say hang in there. I know it feels like you're going to lose your mind. Get through it minute by minute if you must. I've done it, you can too. Maybe doctors will catch up soon.

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My doctor told me the same thing initially, but when I pressed for more information, it comes down to the insurance group requirements or the Medical groups policies. Mine won't allow them to issue more than a 30 day prescription of these opiate drugs. So now I also have to pay for an appointment with my dr every 2-3 months and she write monthly prescriptions, labeled with "do not fill before" dates on them. More cost to insurance company and us for these appointments just to pick up the prescriptions.
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Here's what I do:  I take meds that don't work.  I exercise as much as I can.  I pray.  I cry.  I spend sleepless nights because there's no comfortable position, so I'm tired all day.  I keep telling myself I'm stronger than the pain, not looking forward to the day when the pain proves me wrong.  I get on with my life the best I can.  I can't get a job because I'm in constant pain.  No doctors will put me on disability because they can't "name" the condition.  That's how I "manage" chronic pain.

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Only those that have chronic pain brought on because of an on the job( being a rural route mail carrier) understand. I was hurt in 2001 and now the DDD ans spinal stenosis and bulging discs in my neck and fused tailbone because of the workers comp office won't pay for ANY kind of surgery.
It makes me very angry. I hope that all the doctors, all the people that judge me find out first hand how chronic pain affect a persons life. I hope the have the pain that I have so bad that they cry at night . That includes ALL the so called workers comp doctors that don't have any pain. And all the people that make the laws sign the bills.everyone who has anything to do with making it so hard to get out of pain. I know it's mean, but when you are in the kind of pain that I am in, you would understand.mean, and the odd things is that I had both my babies without any mess and I have a very high pain tolerance. So when I saw I am in pain. Then those that know me understand that I AM IN PAIN.
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Well in n.y.. refills on opiate pain meds are no longer legal and it is also not legal for doctor to call in prescriptions,so you have to physically go to your doctors office to get them once your 1 month supply is used up.This also means a charge for the office "visit".

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There are no laws that require a patient to have somone drive them to pick up a prescription. I don't know who told you this but they lied. Ask them for the state statue that says this. It will be interesting to see what they make up.

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