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Board: Pain Management 07-30-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 167
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: pain management, cant cope so fed up

Welcome! Sorry you are suffering. Do you have a pain management doctor to work with who has new ideas to try? If not, that would be a good step. Also, if your condition is getting worse, you...
Board: Pain Management 07-29-2015, 06:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Tramadol for pain?

Welcome! I would not ask for a specific dose, or even an increase. Just let the doctor know what is going on, such as less pain relief, med not lasting as long, where your pain levels are, etc, and...
Board: Pain Management 07-28-2015, 04:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 663
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: DNA test to determine the effectiveness of pain medication?

Welcome! You'll have to let us know if you notice an increase in pain relief with the med switch. You are correct that this has nothing to do with opiate tolerance, only your genetic reaction to...
Board: Pain Management 07-27-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 368
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Drug Testing

I agree to get on top of this and definitely not let things go. Its good you are at least checking in with your family doctor. If they aren't willing to take over prescribing (or if only for the...
Board: Pain Management 07-27-2015, 05:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 368
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Drug Testing

So sorry you are dealing with this. Are they at least tapering you? Have you tried having your pharmacist calling your doctor to discuss it, and bringing in some evidence of the possibility? You...
Board: Pain Management 07-15-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,524
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Hysingla ER

Is your doctor having you come in to get a script for more Norco then? Your pharmacist may be able to shed some light on why you might have had such a delayed reaction. I hope the pain stays away....
Board: Pain Management 07-11-2015, 05:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,524
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Hysingla ER

Ok good its the Hydro you are splitting. I read "If I take a half of a pill it mostly goes away so just wondering if my body could still be adjusting to the steady dose" to mean that you took less,...
Board: Pain Management 07-11-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,524
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Hysingla ER

Sometimes side effects take awhile to develop. Or, it may not even be related to the medication...something new could be going on.

I hope your doctor gets back to you quickly. Your pharmacist...
Board: Chronic Pain 07-08-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 459
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Is it criminal what my pm is doing?

backhurtz & Rdbomb94-That is what I thought. The doctor should have written out & signed the prescriptions for the day based on what patients got last time (and re-scheduled a patient if they...
Board: Pain Management 07-07-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: ??? do they have to give you a 30 day supply by law ???

Agree that unless a particular state has a law (I seem to remember hearing a handful of them may), there is no law that says they have to give you any meds at all when dismissed. This kind of...
Board: Chronic Pain 07-07-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 459
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Is it criminal what my pm is doing?

I think that having an office assistant (or anyone not able to have their own prescription pad) write out a previously-signed prescription is likely illegal. It shouldn't matter if the office...
Board: Pain Management 07-06-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By tortoisegirl
Re: Pain, Pain Medication & too Argumentative

Welcome! Sorry you are dealing with this. It may help to pinpoint whether you had those other symptoms and behavior changes before or after starting pain meds, and if they have increased or...
Board: Pain Management 06-24-2015, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 513
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: 363
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: 463
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: 463
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: 292
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: 653
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: 653
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: 766
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: 639
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: 1,200
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: 349
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: 766
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: 695
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: 695
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: 735
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: 735
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: 1,496
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: 413
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: 454
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: 778
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: 337
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: 313
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: 965
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: 1,945
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: 1,945
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: 1,945
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: 603
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: 364
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: 395
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: 352
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: 533
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: 438
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: 338
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: 670
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: 411
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: 586
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: 589
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: 586
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...
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