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I info on getting my meds... Workers comp case closed and now I'm up the creek

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Pain Medications
I need some info on how to get my meds.. My workers comp case just closed out and I am worried I am not going to be able to get my pain meds.. I don't have health insurance and I don't know what to do?? I'm scared when I run out of my lyrica 150mgs 2 times daily.

I'm going to be climbing the walls in pain. Does anyone know what to do or who i may call or a site I can look up?

I am scared I finally found a drug that helps with my nerve pain and now My case is over and they are dropping me off from seeing their workers comp doctors. I don't have a personal doctor due to not having any health benefits.

I need help can anyone suggest anything please?


  • hae here is some info for you i wrote some things earlier got lost in space tomm call your local social services tell them you ned to apply for medicade they will send you some things to fill out call the dr after of your choice right after you talk to social services tell the dr your problem the makers of lyrica will pay for your meds cool huh alot of drug comp will do this all you have to do is ask fill out papers your all set do this asap so your not in pain its called ahardship case i had to do this also a while back ill try to find the makers comp name ill let you know or maybe look up lyica best of luck let me know how things turn out rebel renee
  • Wow Renee, that's some seriously great news and info. Do you know if it applies to other meds?
  • I don't think I can get medicade because I'm not over that age limit. But I can go by Social Services and see if I can talk with them though I didn't think about that. Do I need to take my bottles that proves I'm on lyrica and my other meds?
  • I believe you can apply for Medicaid if you meet the financial criteria; there are adults who are on it for different reasons. Call your local DHS office and find out what you need to do to qualify.

    Also, some drug companies do offer help to people who can't afford their meds. Sometimes you can get the meds for free through their programs. Find the maker of Lyrica on the bottle and go to their website and see if they have prescription assistance going on. If not, you still can get a drug discount card from just about anywhere. I don't recall the exact name of one, but maybe you can contact Jeauxbert and ask her about all this.

    I sure hope you'll be able to follow up with another doctor and get your medicines. Take care
  • I thought I would go ahead and go by our DFacts center and talk with them. I got to do something to stay well I don't get insurance until next year with the new job I'm at..

    Thanks just keep me in your prayers and I'll let yall know what goes on ok..
  • But I have to either have children or be over 60 yrs of age. They gave me a paper and told me sorry they couldn't help..

    I might see if I can get the address for Lyrica and see if I can talk with someone about it.
  • Look up the manufacturer of Lyrica and look into their partnership for reduced or low cost medications. You may have to fill out paperwork and your doctor will as well. Do not stop taking the Lyrica suddenly. You need to see that doctor that prescribed it and discuss the problem with them. They may have other ideas to help you get the proper meds in the meantime. If nothing else, they can help you taper off it.
    Pfizer is the manufacturer. You can call this number for assistance with their reduced/low/no cost drug assistance program. 1-866-706-2400 or go to www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com
  • If your injury is a workmans comp claim and they are cutting you off, I would suggest calling your state's Labor Ombudsman and speak with them.

    Each state is different, but in Kentucky, depending on the type of settlement you take, they are on the hook for life for medications.

    I have a 25% partial permenent disability rating after my 2 level ALIF. I got right at $60,000 settlement from the company plus they have to pay for medication the rest of my life. And I still have my full time job.

    The labor office can't represent you as an attorney would, but they can explain the law to you. You may be able to use that information to your advantage.

    Hope this helps!

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • My lawyer said it was best to settle due to the doctors telling me and sending in the reports that their is nothing they can do for me.. I was lifting up a box at work when I felt a snapping sensation in my back and then I couldn't move after that.

    I've seen 4 doctors all tell me to lose the weight but how can I get out and try to walk when I'm in so mch pain with my legs and lower back. I don't weigh that much and all of my friends said they are stupid.

    I herinated 2 of my disc and the other herinated 11 months after my accident due to me falling because of my legs giving out on me. They told me that if they had done the surgery that the other disc would later give out and I might be paralized or how ever you spell it.

    So my worker's comp case was June 11 and they made a settlement and was told I will have to find another means for my meds. My Workers' Comp doctor sent me over to a surgeron that in his words said that this man loves to help folks that need to have surgery but in my case he didn't I felt stupid for going when he said he wouldn't help me. So all of my disc are fused together in the wrong way since it has gone on for so long and their is nothing they can do execpt give me a two months of meds and then I'm on my own.

    I asked him so do I have to live like this the rest of my life like this? The great surgerons words were yes just deal with it!

    Thanks, for giving me the number I'll call them tomorrow.
  • Sounds like you got a bad deal the whole way around.

    Hope you get something worked out soon.
  • Sorry to hear about your dilemma. I also have an open workers comp case, CNA for 12 years and was injured in 2002 while dealing with a combative patient. I had surgery on May 11 and am doing well. The insurance company keeps contacting my lawyer about a possible settlement but I feel it’s too early. I’m only 6 weeks out of surgery for god sake!

    That’s the problem with settlements, once you sign the papers your out of luck if something arises in the future. My lawyer assures me that my insurance carrier will pick up any problems in the future but I am still hesitant to settle. Although the money would be great, it’s just too early to think about this and I want to make sure that I’m making the right decision. Thanks for posting your story, you gave me some incite on the do's and dont's of workers compensation settlements. Good Luck!!
  • I did get the bad end of the deal but my laywer thought it would be best since I wasn't a candiate for surgery and they didn't want to keep on sending me to other surgeons just have them to tell me I'm over weight. That's Bull S%@T! I only weigh 10 lbs over so I'm not morbit obese. That's sad that they can get off saying I'm overweight and close my case. I will surive don't worry I just have to have nerves now! All of mine are shot out.

    Have a great day, I'm going to my moms house today to spend time with her. I don't get to see her much anymore.
  • Wow, I'm surprised you got put off for 10 lbs! I was 50 lbs overweight when I had my surgery! It's too bad Lawyers have that way about them, they could talk a Mormon into drinking soda! I had a lawyer that talked me into a HORRIBLE settlement after a rear end accident even before I was through with treatment! All this because I had a newer car with a "bounce back" bumper, so there wasn't a lot of damage to it...

    Anyway, I wish you the best, and all the pain relief in the world!

  • Kat, I don't quite get the Mormon joke--they do drink soda. did you mean alcohol?

    Doxie, I think your lawyer gave you some bad advice, but then again I don't know all the details. I am a work comp case too, and there is no way on earth I will EVER settle the meds. I am going for lifetime medical for anything that is a result of my neck stuff. I will however consider settling the disability portion; depends on what they offer. Just a word of advice to everyone, before you sign the settlement, make sure all your bases are covered.

    There are multiple prescription medication assistance programs. You've gotten some good advice here on how to find them, but you may also want to do a google search for prescription assistance and apply for the different ones that come up. Sorry you are in this situation.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • "caffeinated" soda :p I'm ex-mormon lol
  • I'm sorry I'm in the situation too!!! I'm having a bad day today. I woke up in severe pain and my meds aren't easing it up but I'm going to lay down here in a moment.


    Our Dachshunds rule the yard!
  • I"m sick from my meds at them moment but I needed that laugh thanks!

    Dachshunds rule our yard!
  • I have been told, by my atty, that I can settle at any time of my choosing. Well, got diagnosed. Giving me nothing for the pain! RSD could, and will more than likely, spread out from my leg. Even if amputated! If I close now, I can reopen it for those pesky procedures within the next seven years. Am far more broke than poor. Trying to support 3 women and 4 cats. Closing will get good ins. and poss. meds.
    My pocket is as good as any, right? I've accepted living with chronic pain(finally). Now to see if doc,atty,comp, also agrees. They should. Really tough being in pain, and cannot afford A cheap beer.
    Like tossin one back will help with anything. Would be nice though. I am still alive. Plan to stay that way!!!
    Thanks for chatting you all. This helps more than anything!!!
  • Until you get a chance to try and get help from company for lyrica, how about asking you Dr or surgeon for some samples. They all get them and mayve that would get you by until you can get ahold of company. How about the WC Dr. Maybe he can get some samples. He especially knows your situation. Wish I could be more help. Good Luck!
  • I wouldn't even think of a settlement until at a minimum of 6 months. I would actually prefer to wait the full year since you had a fusion and ADR. Don't know about the state your in, but in KY, WC is on the hook until MMI is reached and a settlement is concluded. In my case, even though I have settled, they are still on the hook for treatment and medications for the rest of my life.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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