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Methadone VS. Oxycontin

tnjones14ttnjones14 Posts: 1
edited 01/24/2015 - 7:10 PM in Pain Medications
I have recently been FORCED to change to a different pain Medication. I have had many back surguries and pain control means the difference between having comfort or SUFFERING. I have taken Methadone HCL 10mg 2x daily for 6 years. Never abused it, never failed the (presence exam) REQUIRED by TN regulators, I was first prescribed this in CO, never had to "PROVE" to my doctor that I was taking it. If you saw the xray of my back, you would know it was well used. This medication provided me with a quality of life and pain free work and daily activities. NOW...
Perhaps "FORCED" is a strong word, but, the only way to maintain med that worked, I would have to be refered to a PAIN Specialist in addition to my Primary care Doctor. (co-pays add up) I was paying less that ten dollars for the Methadone. The Oxycontin 20mg 2x daily is $45.00 A month, thats WITH a coupon, that does not last for more than 3 months. SO, $45.00, meds, $20.00 co-pay that
equates to 6-7 months of a medication that WORKED!!!
The Oxycontin is providing me with NO relief whatsoever. About all it does is give me a mild form of Vertigo, I work in a machine shop with robotic machines everyday. I believe this is a recipe for disaster. I would like to know IF anyone out there is aware of the reason for the TN change in med regulation. I began this in a completely different state, I believe a grandfather clause should be availible for people that have used the medication THAT WORKS, no matter how OR why the laws change.
Please offer any hints or suggestions


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