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Board: Pain Management 07-03-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Curious question

That is a pretty standard reasoning. It is more so true for me as I'm not even 30. I hope your doctor works with you, and doesn't just cut you off without having some pain treatments in place. ...
Board: Pain Management 06-24-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Time Magazine cover story (this week)

There is a preview of the article available on Time magazine's website. Agree that so often the media gets it wrong. That said however, there is a big addiction problem. They need to figure out...
Board: Pain Management 06-16-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 250
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: methadone

So to be clear, you asked to reschedule your appointment, not the doctor's office? Because if a doctor's office delays your appointment causing you to be late getting your pain meds, that is really...
Board: Pain Management 06-16-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Haven't been here for a while...

I hope things work out, and at least you have another month of pain meds. The letter was a really good idea on your part, as I can imagine having issues without it. Although if they had been...
Board: Pain Management 06-15-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Haven't been here for a while...

Sorry you are still dealing with this. I think a headache clinic and/or pain clinic would be a good idea. Although it may seem like you have run out of options, a good out of the box thinking type...
Board: Chronic Pain 06-15-2015, 06:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: They are recommending Lyrica

Welcome! Agreed that it is quite an individual thing, but it is a medication that helps quite a few folks, so is definitely worth a try. My best advice (although pretty much common to any med) is...
Board: Pain Management 06-13-2015, 12:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Finding New PM ... so crazy

Sorry you are having such a tough time finding a pain doc. I agree that places are really moving away from meds/opioids and pushing injections. Unfortunately I can see why, as it lowers their risk...
Board: Pain Management 06-09-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Finding New PM ... so crazy

Sorry you are dealing with this. I agree, it is scary, especially considering you have a time frame. It can be tough to find a new pain doctor without personal recommendations, but not impossible. ...
Board: Chronic Pain 06-09-2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 673
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Dr. did a 180 on me

Lazimme: Welcome! I hope you are able to switch back to your previous pain clinic without issues. I agree that I don't have a problem with a doctor having a difference in opinion as far as...
Board: Chronic Pain 06-07-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 550
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Pain Pump Drug Test Question

If you feel a need to work, but don't necessarily need the income and fear you will have difficulty finding & keeping a suitable job, what about volunteer work? That can be a great step towards...
Board: Pain Management 05-30-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,065
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Filling prescriptions- insurance/pharmacy

tearsnfears: If it will have been the appropriate amount of time, the only issue I see you having is potentially the pharmacy having it out of stock, but it is a pretty common medication, and of...
Board: Chronic Pain 05-29-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Excited and Scared

I'm glad you've found it helpful. Agreed to talk to your doctor; you may find you can get by with a much lower dose, which will lower your risks and your cost. I've read a lot of doctors start...
Board: Chronic Pain 05-29-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 673
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Dr. did a 180 on me

Unfortunately they are moving away from using opioids from chronic non-cancer pain, even in patients who have done well on them for many years and have tried & failed a number of other treatments...
Board: Pain Management 05-25-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 646
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: question about meds...

I would let your doctor know how much pain relief you are getting, say you understand it isn't supposed to relieve 100% of your pain, but ask what a reasonable goal for pain relief is with the...
Board: Pain Management 05-25-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 646
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: question about meds...

Welcome! At your follow up, hopefully your doctor will ask how the medication is working for your pain, how you are doing, something like that. At that time you could give specific information,...
Board: Pain Management 05-14-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 680
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: frustration with pain doc.

Unfortunately many people do need to drive a long ways for good pain management. I wonder if you can get any sort of waiver to see a closer doctor if Medicaid doesn't cover anyone close which meets...
Board: Pain Management 05-14-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 680
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: frustration with pain doc.

Although I agree with trying everything a doctor suggests, only within reason...if a treatment has been tried and doesn't help and even makes things worse, and it is not something that requires a...
Board: Pain Management 05-06-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,426
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Getting help for chronic pain

Welcome! On the headache front, definitely seek out a headache clinic/specialist, not just a general neurologist. Most neuros don't actually like to treat headache patients. That said, the Western...
Board: Chronic Pain 04-28-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 376
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: pain

The first thing I would do is work with your stimulator representative to see if any adjustments can be made with your stim programs to get you some/more relief. Did you ever get relief with the...
Board: Pain Management 04-28-2015, 06:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 432
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Zyhydro shortage?!?

Sorry you are having this issue. Definitely get in touch with your doctor ASAP. Let them know when you will be out of meds (or if this has happened already, as most of us refill on the last day of...
Board: Pain Management 04-25-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 699
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: How early can I refiil Tramadol my prescription?

Welcome! Typically in this situation it should be coordinated with the doctor ahead of time to be allowed an early refill due to travel. However, it seems it is too late to do anything before you...
Board: Chronic Pain 04-22-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 296
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: back and hip pain

Welcome! Sorry you are dealing with this. It can be quite tough to get medical care when you don't have the means to. Can you look into any local programs which provide free medical care which are...
Board: Chronic Pain 04-21-2015, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Teen with Chronic Pain

Welcome! I can relate some to what your daughter is going through as I have had a constant headache for 9 years that started in college (they are calling it New Daily Persistent Headache). ...
Board: Pain Management 04-21-2015, 07:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 805
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Actavis Percocet

Welcome! There is actually very little little allowable dose variation in generics, but some folks do find a difference, especially when switching between two different generics. It is more likely...
Board: Pain Management 04-20-2015, 06:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,845
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: When to fill your pain med; how often do you visit your prescribing doc?

Its unacceptable for a doctor to not address your concerns / ignore what you say. They don't necessarily have to submit to your request, but they should have some suggestion on how to address any...
Board: Pain Management 04-19-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,845
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: When to fill your pain med; how often do you visit your prescribing doc?

Withdrawal from stopping a daily pain med is just as likely with Hydrocodone as it is with Oxycodone or any other opiate. It is all about how much of the day it is in your system...if it is an as...
Board: Pain Management 04-17-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,845
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: When to fill your pain med; how often do you visit your prescribing doc?

freks1988: For me, having my pain managed means an average of 50% relief. When I get a spike, my breakthrough meds can bring it back to that relief level. Its important to discuss pain relief...
Board: Pain Management 04-17-2015, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: why is Vicodin not acceptable for long-term pain relief?

From what you said it sounds like the issue more is the use of opiates for fibromyalgia pain, not the use of short acting opiates long term. If it was long vs. short acting, then they would have...
Board: Pain Management 04-14-2015, 06:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Fentanyl side effects (need advice)

Welcome! Sorry your family is dealing with this. I would consult with his doctor ASAP or even take him to the ER (although it sounds like he may at least have home health care as you described...
Board: Pain Management 04-13-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 368
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Chronic abdominal pain ... help with pain management

Welcome! Sorry you are dealing with so much. Especially in some areas, getting opiate meds long term for chronic non-cancer pain is very tough. My best advice would be to keep trying different...
Board: Pain Management 04-13-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 327
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: What brand of Fentanyl Patch delivers best results and last longer than 48hrs?

Welcome! Many many folks end up needing to change the patches every 2 days instead of 3. So much so that the manufacturer's prescribing instructions even mention this and insurance typically covers...
Board: Pain Management 04-13-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 517
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: I don't know what to do

Welcome! I wanted to say hello and sorry you are dealing with this. I don't have experience in this area to give you specific advice. However, keep trying...if you hit a dead end with one doctor,...
Board: Pain Management 04-10-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Pain Meds with Stage 3 CKD

Sorry you are dealing with all this. Agreed to try to get your doctors to work together to better manage your pain in a safe way. Especially in your case it would be beneficial to try any...
Board: Pain Management 04-08-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 315
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Pain in fingers and feet

Welcome! I'm a bit confused as your title talks about finger & foot pain, but the post asks about medications. Oxyneo is a Canadian form of Oxycontin (ie. both are long acting Oxycodone). Morphine...
Board: Chronic Pain 04-05-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 639
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: First post, need advice.

+1 on the other posts. Ideally you would pursue a diagnosis by seeing numerous specialists and get in to see a pain management specialist to manage the pain (or continue with the MMJ on your own). ...
Board: Pain Management 04-03-2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Back to back UDTs?

If they are truly random tests, it is possible they just happened to be two months in a row. I have figured out mine appear to be every 6 months. My advice depends on how your Hydrocodone is...
Board: Chronic Pain 04-01-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 504
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Neck Pain

There are also prescription topical solutions, such as made at a compounding pharmacy. Often a combination of treatments is what is takes, so if something takes the edge off, you can look at adding...
Board: Pain Management 03-31-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 556
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Really need advice

Sorry you are dealing with this. There are some great replies, but I have a couple things to add. Having continuing constant chronic pain is typical even when an opiate is part of our treatment...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-30-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 504
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Neck Pain

Have you tried ice/heat and topical pain relief creams (available both otc and by prescription)? What about physical & massage therapy, acupuncture, or a TENs unit (typically covered by insurance...
Board: Pain Management 03-29-2015, 02:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Pain Med Question

Agreed to let your doctor know where your pain levels are and the decreased effectiveness. They may decide to switch you to something else. Its really up to them as to what they think is the best...
Board: Pain Management 03-27-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,487
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Prescription was stolen, now I'm screwed.

Agreed. Better to suffer for a week or few (not sure how long until your next fill) and continue to get pain management long term, then to not. I definitely was only suggesting urgent care for...
Board: Chronic Pain 03-27-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 431
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: 1st post pain pump complications

To get them to give you an emergency appointment, you will likely need to speak to the medical assistant or nurse and give them some specifics, such as the popping event, increased pain, requiring...
Board: Pain Management 03-27-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,487
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Prescription was stolen, now I'm screwed.

Sorry you are dealing with this...definitely a tough lesson to learn. Although your doctor may not be willing to provide a replacement, they (or some other doctor you see) may be willing to provide...
Board: Pain Management 03-20-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 812
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: opana - side effects and coverage

Hi there. Sorry you are going through this. If you didn't have nausea with Avinza, its most likely a side effect from Opana. It could subside over time, or not. Am I correct in assuming you are...
Board: Pain Management 03-17-2015, 07:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: RSD pain

Welcome! Sorry you are going through this. Do you still have the prescription container of the cream? Typically that would be all that is needed to verify a legal prescription for employment...
Board: Pain Management 03-09-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: never went to stabilization, so still dosing

I don't understand your post title (stabilization & dosing?). However, whenever you pain is not under control or you are otherwise having problems, I'd simply start a discussion with your doctor by...
Board: Pain Management 03-09-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,545
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Lost my prescription

ttwarrior1: Glad everything worked out ok.

BB07: I don't think being on opiates would prevent benzo withdrawal. However, I think taking a lower dose and/or only taking it once a day would. ...
Board: Pain Management 03-07-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Not sure if this is the right place to ask

Tearsnfears: I'd call on Wed so you can pick up a script Fri. They could put a fill on Sun date if they desired. To dissuade your fears, I would say when you call that you are due Sun but since they...
Board: Pain Management 03-04-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: suboxone for chronic pain

Lilly66: With the Methadone, for breakthrough pain, I typically take Oxycodone, although I also have Diclofenac (an NSAID, which hasn't been working as well as it had been) and Amerge (a Triptan /...
Board: Pain Management 03-04-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,545
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Lost my prescription

Glad you were able to get in touch with someone. I hope you at least get a few pills to taper with. Typically them cancelling your contract would mean they would no longer prescribe that type of...
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