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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Chronic Pain
I have suffered from chronic pain for about 4 years now. I have scoliosis and recurring costochondritis. I've visited my doctor numerous times over the last year with continued concern about these pains. My doctor keeps "ignoring" my comments and is making me jump through hoops to get medication for relief. I have an appointment at a local pain center this month, but that's still almost 3 weeks away. I asked my doctor to give me something to help until I get to the pain specialist but he keeps prescribing medications that my insurance won't cover. I don't have $170 to spend on medication! Has anyone else gone through this???
It's become so unbearable...I can't even do normal things around the house anymore. :(


  • Have you explained this to your dr? If so and you are not happy with your current dr, it might be time to get a new dr.
  • I have mentioned this to my doctor on numerous occasions yet he still prescribes me medication I can't afford because my insurance won't cover it. Now he's going back on what he was originally going to prescribe me unless I take a piss test. Why is there such a stigma with chronic pain patients? Isn't it enough that I'M the one who initiated an appt. at the pain center? I've been complaining of pain for years but they've never done anything about it. Great doctors, huh?
    I think you're right...after this whole to-do we've decided to take our business elsewhere. Not sure what I'll do in the meantime...I've already wasted so much time and money on this problem. :(
  • I would definitely change doctors, he sound like an uncaring jerk. (I know it isn't always east to do depending on your insurace).
    Can you contact your insurance co. and get a list of medicines that are covered? At least you would be prepared with what he could write a script for. I don't see why your Dr. wouldn't cooperate with the meds prescription, you have enough to deal with. Good luck.
  • It's so nice to finally find support from people that understand.
    After the whole ordeal, my doctor told me I was required to give a urine specimen in order to receive a new prescription. The worst part about it: I have to wait until the labs come back...NEXT WEEK!
    I don't understand why PCP's are so unwilling to help their patients sometimes. I have told him of my pain and problems for a year and a half and he hasn't run a single test, taken any x-rays or done any research into WHY I'm having these problems to being with. Just another scrip and I'm out the door again. Only to go back into the vicious cycle of phone tag and humiliation. I assumed a doctor patient relationship was to be one of trust, compassion and openness, but he's obviously proven that he only cares about his bottom line.
    Thanks again for all the support. I'll be a regular here now. :)
  • have a real jerk for a doctor. Basically, it's "here's your pill, here's my bill." type of attitude. Don't give up. If it were me, I would definitely find a new doctor, preferably at a pain management clinic.
  • Yes, I know exactly what you are going through. My GP was nervous about giving me pain meds so he sent me to a pain clinic. These past 2 months I have been in terrible pain but all I kept getting was my GP telling me he wont give me anything and that I had to get it from the pain MD. Well thats fine and all but the pain MD kept telling me I had to get any medications from my GP, so we kept going back and forth. I finally got referred to see a neurosurgeon on the 10th of this month but that was, at the time, still 11 days away and no one would give me anything to hold me over until then. This past Sunday I woke up in incredible pain and couldnt walk so I went into the ER and had surgery on Monday. So, didnt make it to the appointment lol. But nonetheless, NOONE was willing to help me and I was furious. I know if they or their families was suffering like I was they would be on anything they could get their hands on. Each telling me I had to get pain meds from the other was probably the most irritating thing I have ever gone through.

    I hope and pray someone pulls their head out and finally upholds the oath they all took to help, and gets you some relief. I had to go to the ER to get mine. I wish you so much luck. I wouldnt wish what we both have dealt with on anyone.
  • Believe me I understand what you are going through.
    I am also being bounced around by my Doctors. My pc Doctor refused to give me anymore pain meds and wrote my pain Doctor that he would not. My pain Doctor said he would not take over anyones pain management that was on high doses of meds already. I was on 40mg of Oxycontin ER and break thru meds when I finally was refered to a pain Doctor. He sent me back to my pc Doctor.
    I now have an SCS implant that takes care of some of my savage pain but not all. (BTW,I hate the constant pulsing/tingling that you feel with the stimulator)Had it not been for another Doctor I saw when my regular Doctor was out of town I would not be able to get any pain meds at all.
    Best of luck to all. You are not alone when it comes to getting your pain treated.
    Patsy W
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