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The Florida Tragedy

R.W.B.RR.W.B. Posts: 1
edited 08/11/2015 - 6:46 AM in Chronic Pain
I have had an auto immune disease for 15 years. After a few years of working with my doctors in New Orleans, we found a combination of daily drugs that allowed me to function, with manageable pain. It included MSCONTIN and Soma. Then I moved to Florida for retirement. I have been unable to find any doctor willing to get me back to the same regime. It seems the default position is we don't give those type of drugs anymore. I've had one discectomy, in need of another fusion, going thru withdrawals, and about at my wits end. I feel more like a criminal than a patient. Looking for suggestions.

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If you search here, you will find that so many people in Florida are having a very difficult time getting narcotics. Some of the folks discussed that they had their prior doctor (from a different state) contact the new doctor in Florida to document the need for the medications.

I wish I could offer more,, but I see how very difficult it is for people living in Florida

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 08/11/15 12:44 est


  • Florida has become one of the worst places for people who have chronic pain to get help. But there are doctors out there who can help you but you will probably have to be seen by a pain management clinic to get the help you need. You will probably not find someone to help you by calling family doctors over the phone. There is a lot of information and experiences from people who have shared what they needed to do to find a doctor who could and would help them. I left FL because it has gotten so bad. Goodluck.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,806
    Florida went to the far end of the spectrum to solve a problem that was created years ago. It seems people in chronic pain are collateral damage in their war on prescription pills by all I read. I hope this is not adopted by other states.
    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.
  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    One of the fellows who trained at the Pain Center I go to in Philly took a position in FL. I have NO idea where. He was not someone I liked to work with BUT if he took the program as it's used here then maybe there is some hope? He has reported back then he has 10 patients a day and 3 afternoons for golf. I don't know if that sounds like a pain clinic anyone knows of in FL.

    I've been considering my next geographical move but I realize I'm pretty tied to this PC. I was so miserable for so many years that just has less pain is a motivator to keep me here.


    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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