It has been a loooong time since I have been on SH! I will try to make this a short and sweet as possible.
I was laid off from my job back in July and of course lost my insurance. I am now on my husbands insurance, which SUCKS! We have to meet a $6k deductible before they pay anything, and no prescription coverage. This is the last thing someone in chronic pain wants.
Anyway, last time I was on here I had started seeing an awesome PM. I am currently still with him and he is still a great PM doc. He put me on Fen patches (25mcg), roxi's for breakthrough pain, and Amrix for muscle spasms and severely tight muscles. I still have some pain but it is so much more manageable that I can tolerate the amount I still have. Well without decent insurance coverage I can not afford my patches, they are $140 for a box of 5 and I need three boxes a month. If this was the only med I was on then it wouldn't be a problem. As of right now, my son is on 3 meds and I am on 5, which makes our pharm bill well over $1k a month.
I called his nurse and told her there is no way I can pay for all of these meds and needed to switch to something else less costly. She said over the that MS Contin would probably be what he switches me to. So I go this afternoon for an appointment, and have to turn in all of my meds I have now. My questions are, what is the biggest difference between the 2 drugs, other than one is a patch and the other pills? Is there a big difference in price?
These patches have been a godsend and I am scared to death of changing to something else and it either doesn't work, or the side effects are awful.
Any info is greatly appreciated. Sorry this got so long! Like I said, haven't been on in a while so I got a little type happy