Hi everyone, I am a newbie. I was blessed with a two level spinal fusion at L4/L5 in 1993 that turned out to be very successful until, a young man wasn't paying attention when he was driving 80 mph and rear ended me. Traffic came to a stop, so did I but the young man didn't, damaged two discs above my fusion and trashed all the cartlidge in my median branch joints.
Avina has been a life altering medication and has done a fantastic job of managing my pain. I was ramped up to 90 mg and it took great care of my pain but I hated the SEs so I went down to 60 mg and it seems to take enough of the pain away.
Just got a letter yesterday from my wonderful insurance informing me that come January 1, 2014 they will not pay for Avinza and suggesting the following alternatives;
morphine sulfate ER
Anyone have any good experiences with any of the above? How much would I need to take to replace the 60 mg of Avinza I have been taking?
Thank you Insurance company for thinking of the bottom line and not pain mgt.