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Help finding a doctor to prescribe correct pain meds and not think I'm an abuser!

edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Pain Medications
NotAnAddictJustNeedsHelp posted:
I have a right ankle fracture (talus is broken), my right knee has a torn ACL, torn meniscus & torn ligaments, right wrist has severe carparl tunnel, I have a few slipped disc in my back, my left knee has a torn meniscus and ligaments (the knee's were due to severe car accidents when my knee's hit the dash board and the ankle is from when I fell down a flight of stairs and/or the car accident for all I know), I have severe migraines and it just seems like I can't get help anywhere. I live in San Diego, CA and I feel lost when it comes to doctors!

I just don't even know where to begin! I just now finally got insurance back - SCMG (my ex husband use to be in the military so I had tricare for 7 years) and I am extreme pain by the time I get off of work. When I went to the ER about my ankle hurting so bad - the M.D was so shocked I was even walking on my ankle due to the x-ray results!

I understand that abusers ruin it for people like us that extremely need help, but I just started surfing the web and decided to give this a try! I work 8 hours a day and mainly go back and forth from sitting and standing and by the time I come home, the pain is so severe I can barely stand.

It seems every doctor that I do go too, they immediately assume I'm some addict that just wants pain meds to "feed an addiction", but they truly don't understand how the pain affects me.

IF ANYONE...and I mean ANYONE...knows of ANY doctor's within SCMG insurance or anything close to it...can they please help me? A doctor that I can actually have a patient/doctor relationship with and have him/her not make me feel like an abuser. If you need my e-mail address or anything like that, just let me know. I've never taken Oxycotin and I prefer not too. Normally Vicodin, Norco or Percocet would be fine for me...someone help me!! Thank you soooo much!!!

In Constant Pain.


  • has oxycontin in it }a small amount }.if you genuinely in pain .obtaining painkillers should not be a problem
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • If xray shows you should not even be able to walk as you said when you went to er, Did they not tell you to see a doctor to have surgery and fix the problem?

    With the multiple injury you speak of sounds like you need it fixed and posibly not just mask the injury with pain meds,

    If you have a long history of head aches then you should already have a dr who knows about it and would confirm and prescribe something if it was chronic case and over the counter meds dont work,

    Seeing a dr and not looking for a fix to the problem and simply asking for meds yes would raise a red flag for most dr,s when they have 100 patients a day coming in complaining about multiple symptoms but never went for the right treatment to fix the problem,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I understand what you are saying and thank you for the advice; however,

    I found out about the broken talus and knee issues after the divorce from my ex-husband (who was no longer enlisted) and I had absolutely NO insurance. I worked in the medical field and I was working part time - therefore, no insurance.

    Yes, I have proof of x-ray's AND MRI's on bilateral knee's...however, no insurance, no fixing the problem.

    I tried to get medi-cal- but I'm 27, with a decent amount of income and no kids...therefore, I don't qualify. They denied me. So, I'm left to deal with the pain.

    I just recently got insurance, however, it's also at a new job. I live alone and my family is on the east coast so there is no way I can take time off for surgery (which will take up to 6 months I can't walk the doctor stated) and survive in my apartment w/o anyone to pay for my rent, bills, food, etc.

    So its a little more complicated. :(
  • Constantlyinpain - Check your PM's.

    Hope you feel better today.
  • Oh ok got it, Yes its hard when nobody is there to help out while having surgery,

    Hopefully you can figure out some way now that you have insurance, with your new job,

    Geting around an injury is never easy, Time and money is lost for many especialy when they never return to work all together after a surgery,

    Best of luck, Hope it all works out for ya,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • have you considered a pain management specialist? the right doctor can make a world of difference. after 4 years of misery fighting with GPs and even orthos and neuros all telling me i was an addict or going to be an addict because i was taking 2 lousy vicodin a day (on their advice, btw) but frankly that didn't touch the pain - any of it. i've come to believe that attitude is completely unacceptable from professionals who ought to know better. i finally lucked out and found a terrific doctor who specializes in pain. the team that saved my life is in phoenix but i'm sure there are some great pain docs in s.d. he taught me the difference between addiction and dependence (we don't sneer at diabetics because they're addicted to insulin, do we?). patiently, over time, he has worked with me to put together a "cocktail" that actually lets me function (yes, including oxycontin), sent me to other specialists to fix the bits that could be fixed, got me into psychotherapy for the equally crippling depression, and helped me to understand options for the parts that can't be fixed. so you won't 'just' be medicated. i have to take a drug screen urine test every 6 months, which is infuriating, and had to sign some other papers about how i obtain my meds (can only use one pharmacy for the opiates, not switch around).

    in september 2011, i had a bi-level fusion. something went wrong and i had to have emergency surgery the day after. we're talking about 20 hours of surgery in less than 72 hours and even i couldn't believe how bad the pain was in between. i was totally wiped out afterwards, and fortunately, my insurance automatically put me in a rehab hospital. if you don't have short term disability, you will have to make lots of phone calls to creditors later on but you will survive. like you, i am single and was panicky about how to recover. turned out to be the best decision i never had to make :-) i was in rehab for 3 weeks. i didn't have to worry about cleaning, shopping or meals, was taken for gentle PT daily, learned to walk again, got my strength back and was regularly beaten at bingo by feral old people in assorted orthopedic devices even weirder than the HUGE brace i had to wear.

    best of luck to you! don't give up.
  • Consider yourself lucky! Patients where I go have to do one every 3 months...still it's all a part of the process. When it comes down to it, even though I am sure they can find a specimen cup bigger than a freaking thimble, I'm glad to follow the rules if it preserves the doctor/patient relationship we have forged. I'm glad to hear another success story. Good luck to you.
  • I am aware of several insurance programs so I may be able to help you, but first please explain what SCMG insurance is?
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
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