Greetings and Hello!!! I live in NE Wisconsin. I am 45 yrs old and have been a back pain and neck pain sufferer for over twenty years now. I had started out with a bulged disk in my neck at C-3 and had a cervical laminectomy in 1991. They also removed bone spurs as well. I had up until 2007 had a decent job, decent insurance, and life was relatively liveable. I then started having severe lumbar problems. From slipped disks to constant numbing, and burning back pain.
Since May of 07 I have had to struggle to find a doctor who would work with me. Mainly because I did not have adequate insurance and to be able to afford expensive epidural injections. I first was working with a psychiatrist who was able to write my meds, however the state eventually had issues with his prescribing practices.(I can understand thier thinking in the long term, and that dr. tried very hard to not leave his opiate patients hanging and looking forward to a long and hard withdrawl issue.)
At the begining of 2011 I was very fortunate to find another doctor who is a DO and he has been very considerate of my situation. I was told today that I would have a very short time to get another doctor in place before he would no longer be able to perscribe anything further.
I do not know how it is in other parts of the United States, however in Wisconsin it has come down to (at least in my case anyways) if you are not willing to find a pain management doctor who is able to charge for injections, and other expensive tests. Then they just don't want anything to do with you. So it appears in my case if I cannot lock down someone who is willing to understand that I am unemployed, in school, and has basically very little money coming in. That I cannot afford to have an epidural injection performed every 8 weeks at $2,000.00 a pop, and MRI's and so on. I will likely be hoarding what meds I am still going to be getting, and then go through cutting myself off. At least it will be somewhat on my terms I guess. What I mean is that I will be able to at least try to stretch out my meds maybe double what time I still have left with my current doctor.
Is it just me or am I completelly wrong here? I am very curious what others out there in different parts of the country are doing to deal with this issue? Or from what I have seen lately on television that I could board a plane on the Oxycontin Express (anywhere USA to anywhere in the State of Florida) and pay cash for my appoinments and meds.
I also wanted to rant about one other thing. It also seems to me that the more negatrive press opiates get on tv and in the media the more these doctors run. I am finding that if the doctors get one bad apple it's alll over for the by the book patients. (Again I guess I can understand this as well) Even with Purdue the maker of Oxycontin perscribing the new tamper proof oxycontin (which I have seen very little or nothing published in the media about) it still leaves a stigma on the good patients. I guess maybe I should of been hoarding up reefer instead. Thanks for taking the time to read my story, and please feel free to post your thoughts.