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getting my pain medication

Katie AKKatie A Posts: 1
edited 02/17/2015 - 8:47 AM in Pain Medications
I am from Nebraska and I have a horrible time getting pain medication. I've had 2 lumbar fusions and have degeneration above the surgery and arthritis in surgery area and bone spurs and degeneration and spondylitis c3 throughout c7. I have a hard time getting pain meds cause I am also be polar and they assume that I will abuse the medication which has never been the case. Very frustratef. Not sure how to handle this situation.
Katie A


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/17/2015 - 8:47 AM
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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,817
    Being bi polar should not exclude you from treatment for pain, did they tell you that is why they don't prescribe because fear abuse due to an existing mental illness? I hope not as many people are bi polar and do not abuse drugs including my brother. I would hate to think he may not get pain assistance if something ever happened to him.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • Hello, I am recovering from 2 fusions and 2 decompressions. I signed an agreement to take a drug test for a new job. I was unaware that I would violate any agreement by not taking my percocet and the same week the pain doctor asked me to take a urine test. I see the doctor this week and don't know if he is going to say anything. Can you advise on what I should do or say? I know they don't reason with patients so I am somewhat nervous.
  • Hi.. Can I ask if you are being treated for pain by the same doctor who treats the bi-polar? If it's the same doc, that is most likely the issue. Can you have them refer to a pain clinic? A clinic will not care, and only look at your records as they pertain to the pain itself.
    Left foramina stenosis of L3/L4 (retrolisthesis)
    L2-ilaic revision fusion ( loose screws) with a laminectomy at L3 (cage at L3-L4)
    (PLIF) -@ L4/ L/5 - S1 (cage at L4/L5)
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