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Having Issues w/pain and this new "Law"

AdFashion24AAdFashion24 Posts: 1
edited 11/23/2014 - 5:38 PM in Pain Medications
I've been diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome since I was 12 and have had health issues since before I could remember, I was recently (Within the last 2 years) told to go to pain management and I'm not happy with how I'm being treated, they have me on Norco 10mgs for pain and ibuprofen, well since this new law went into effect October 2014 I've had more and more trouble with both my doctor and filling at pharmacies now, I'm not a drug seeker or selling I truly need relief and I'm starting to feel uncomfortable. I live in Chicago is this law a federal thing? And should I maybe look for a new doctor? I don't know what to do, they have been trying trial after trial treatments and I'm tired and I know what works. I'm just hoping someone has some help or answers they can give me. Thanks



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
    edited 11/23/2014 - 5:40 PM
    'law' you are talking about?

    But you could help yourself out by:


    It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. Here are some questions that you
    should answer:

    • - When did this first start?
      - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
      - What doctors have you seen?
      - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
      - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results
      - What medications are you currently using?
      - Has surgery been discussed as an option?
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  • I think you are talking about the reclassification of hydrocodone, norco, loratab and the like. My PM switched me to Tylenol 3 and said we will try Tylenol 4 if need be. Might be worth asking your PM about. Good luck
  • If you're talking about what the above poster stated. All that law does is change the drug class those meds are in, meaning they can no longer be called in, they must be carried in like some of the stronger Narcotics etc. This is changing everywhere. Is your PM Dr no longer wanting to prescribe the same meds or do you feel like you need something else? If you're not happy with your current PM Dr then you can always find a new one. When you say you know what works, what is it that you're referring to? If you're looking for a new PM Dr it's as if you're interviewing them. Find out what they would recommend in your case, how they feel about what you're currently taking etc. Not all PM Dr's Prescribe Narcotics so you want to get a good feel for he Dr and staff before choosing who to stick with. It's important to trust the Dr who's care you're under. Do you have a primary Dr that you can meet with and see if he/she can offer any recommendations? I wasn't getting any relief with my previous PM Dr and he said that I wasn't complying with his recommendations because I was trying to avoid another surgery. My GP had taken over and it was the first time that I started getting some relief. I may need to look for a new PM at some point, but I will be meeting with multiple ones and I will ask plenty of questions prior to choosing one to move forward with. There is nothing wrong with looking elsewhere if you're uncomfortable with your current Dr. As long as you're not accepting Narcotic pain meds from more than one Dr and you're filling on time, there is no need to worry about looking bad. Try to find a pharmacy that will fill your meds so you're not using different pharmacies each time. At least try to stick with the same chain. Unfortunately filling at different pharmacies can look bad too.

    I wish you the best of luck and I hope you find some relief.
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