I have a herniated L4-L5, bulged L3-L4, tear in L2-L3, and a bunch of other crap wrong with my lumbar spine, spinal canal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and some other stuff I can't remember at quarter to three in the morning on a work night.
Currently on a 100mcg/h fentanyl patch every 48 hours ($106/10), Lyrica 150mg 2x daily ($496/200) Hydrocodone 5mg 1/6hrs ($65/30) and Baclofen 20mg 3x daily, as well as Cymbalta (unsure of dosage, unsure of cost)
Unsure of the dosage on Cymbalta because my drug plan is maxed out. Unsure of cost on baclofen because I currently have some left.
3 Fentanyl patches left, about 8 Lyrica left, and a pile of the hydrocodone left (It makes me sick as hell, so I try not to take it. I am currently working on a different breakthrough medication, even though I won't be able to afford it)
What are my options here?
My drug plan is 'maxed out' according to the reply from the druggist and I can't afford to lay out a g-note a month for drugs, even though there are days that I can hardly even walk.
I am currently still working as a truck mechanic but my workload is limited, thus, so is my paycheck as I work on a flat-rate system where I get paid based on the jobs I do.
Flat rate: Say if a brake job pays two hours, and I get it done in one, I get paid two hours. If I do the same brake job in FOUR hours, now that I am injured.... I still get paid two.
Plus having been recently abandoned by my (now) ex-wife, I am saddled with an obscene amount of bills, behind on almost everything including my mortgage...
I am really up shit creek.
If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I am in SW Ontario, if it matters.
I looked into the Trillium program, and it appears that I will have to spend almost $3000 of my own money as a deductible before I receive any assistance. This isn't going to help me much, as I am currently in need of about $750 worth of prescriptions TODAY...and I am sure my doctor's appointment tomorrow is going to have me trying something different for breakthrough pain.
Suggestions there would also be appreciated. I have tried the following:
Oxycocet 5/325 1-2 as required (used to work)
Dilaudid 2mg 1-2 as required (never worked)
Oxycodone 5mg 1-2 as required (used to work -- after being on the oxycocet for so long the tylenol ripped up my guts)
Oxycodone 10mg 1-2 as required (used to work after the 5mg stopped working they upped the dose to 10-20mg)
MS Contin 15mg 1/12 hrs (poor choice by some doctor -- a time release formula that basically is built on the same chassis as the Fentanyl patches... as well, any morphine derivatives have not done much for me in the past.. had 8mg intravenous morphine at the hospital and it didn't even take the edge off)
Tramacet (can't remember the dosage but it made me sick as hell)
Tramadol (can't remember the dosage but it made me sick as hell as well)
Currently taking Hydrocodone (5mg) and the first one I took made me high as a kite, and nauseated as hell. I took the first one about 1:45 pm on Saturday, and was at home in bed by 2:30. Couldn't function. Hard time walking, sweating, nausea, almost vomited, migraine headache. I ended up being in so much pain I tried taking another one this afternoon (Sunday about 8pm) and it didn't do anything at all.
I got an injection of Torridol (sp) at the hospital last weekend, didn't do shit.
I used to take naproxen regularly as an anti-inflammatory but it didn't seem to do anything.
I was also taking Valium at one point as a muscle relaxant, 5mg, it wasn't doing anything, as far as I know.
I would like some pain relief. I began dating a girl about 3 weeks ago, and she mentioned to me something to the effect that she's never seen me not in pain. For a while there, I was doing quite well. Unfortunately, this was immediately before I met her. She is truly an angel... she is so concerned with my pain level, if I'm feeling alright, every day asks me how I am feeling, it's absolutely astounding. She has more concern for me, in only having gone out with me 2 or 3 times, than my ex had in the four years I went out with her.
I would love to at least show her I can not be in pain. I would love to go for a walk with her on the beach, dance, ride bicycles....anything. She knows I can do it, and has faith in me...but I am sometimes beginning to wonder if I even have faith in myself.
The best the neurosurgeon can do is September 20th for a consult. This is after my consultation in June's report said something to the effect of "If Mr. Angry Hillbilly can continue managing with medications, there will be no need for surgery." I have explicitly stated to EVERY health practitioner that I AM NOT TAKING PILLS FOREVER. I am getting so frustrated with the health Canada runaround.
I called a spine surgery place in Ohio on a wednesday afternoon. The lady told me unfortunately they were closed on Thursday, but they could get me in first thing Friday morning. TWO DAY WAIT. A TWO DAY WAIT. I have to wait TWO MONTHS for a CONSULTATION, which will likely put surgery sometime four to six months down the road. Oh, why don't I get it done in Ohio you ask? $20,000 is the CASH price. Edited is the place. I'm not faulting them on the price, it's just not something I am keeping in a shoebox under my bed right now.
I had a cortisone shot in February. Another specialist appointment in March. Scheduled for a laminectomy in June. Got a staph infection in my back week before laminectomy surgery was scheduled. Had to miss the surgery. Had an appt in late june with Neuro here in Windsor as a follow up from my stay in the hospital after loss of bladder control in late March about a week after the appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in London.
I can't take this anymore. I am becoming a disappointment to myself, my employer, my co-workers, my father, and last but very not least, my new sweetheart. I can't get out of bed in the morning. I can't pick my cat up to set him up on my shoulders. I can hardly get in and out of my truck.
I am continued to be forced to work as I am unable to pay bills otherwise, and disability doesn't even come close to paying any of my mortgage, let alone any of the associated costs of a house that I no longer wish to live in.
What do I do here? Someone please offer me a suggestion aside from checking myself into the funny farm...
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