Got a "To Whom it may concern" letter from my Gastroenterologist (who has been prescrbing me 40MG Oxycontin 2/day for almost 10 years--Letter states that he and all regular doctors in Florida can only prescribe pain meds for short term usage--Does anyone else know about this and what we can do? Letter recommends seeing Pain Specialist--(None whom I have found will accept chronic ideopathic pancreatitus as a condition they will treat.)--Whitfield
Sorry to hear about your dilemma Whitfield. I did read an article recently that said the Obama administration has decided to step up the federal government's crusade to crack down on the prescribing of pain meds, especially in Florida which has the largest number of "pill mills" than any other state. So I'm afraid you are another casuality of our ever intrusive nanny state. While I certainly understand the problem of "pill mills", as usual our government overreaches in it's attempt to "fix" the problem. It's a sad state of affairs when politicians and government bureaucrats are dictating to doctors how to administer care to their patients. It seems our society is more concerned about protecting drug abusers from themselves than protecting legitimate chronic pain patients from their misery. Perhaps now that regular doctors can no longer prescribe pain meds in Florida, more pain doctors will be willing to treat conditions like yours? I have to believe there is a pain doctor somewhere in Florida that will treat you...even if you have to travel a great distance. Don't give up....hopefully more pain doctors in Florida will be sympathetic to pain patients like you that have now been left stranded without pain control.
hi whitfield,im on the w,coast of fl.,your regular dr. has to adhear to to many new paperwork rules to be able to treat you now.you need to find a pain spec. fast!,they are out there. you have to look harder.call some of the university hospitals,they can help.it took me 12 doctors,3 states,and 5 years,to finally get the help i needed.(be polite,patient,and understanding,they are going thru a big change now also. painfree my friend
I posted my experiance on other thread, but want to elaborate a bit ,not on what I loss but what I did gain from going through the withdral and detox, I did research on my own "body-pain" and what I was dealing with exactly, as sometimes masking the pain you might not be in as much as you think and there could be another way to deal with it (or at the least manage with less than currently taking)
My experiance with clinic's , spinal doctors P.managment ect. was spending $ for more detox programs or suboxone which in itself is another circle and an expensive one.
I would recommend finding a doctor that will understand where you are with your pain lifestyle/ dont be afraid to try a detox' I know how scary this is and spent time in emergency myself, but it did give a chance to experiance where I am and possibility's of differant lifestyle.
This is what I have found I like about this site, most people here aredealing with life with pain, its very delibritating but there is hope' there are doctor's who relate and are willing to belive in you!