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Follow up to Denied Pain Meds

SteveSSteve Posts: 73
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Chronic Pain
Hey guys, I'd like to thank you all for your thoughtful and helpful replys to my post.

I finally found a dr. that I really like and is willing to help me. Today he wrote me for Opana 20mg bid and Lryrica 50mg tib. I will call him on Wendnesday to tell him if I need to bump It up. The only bummer is that the my insurance co doesn't pay for Opana. My dr. gave me a discount card for $300 off, though I'm not sure exactly how it works, I bought 20 pills ($170) and got $60 off. The pharmasist, who is now my new best advocate even gave me the card back for next time.

It's so awesome to be back on track. We also talked about deep brain stimulation. A little scary. Thanks again to those who took the time to reach out in my time of great pain and distress. Now I just have to watch out for the weight gain. Does counting calories help? Or does the Lyrica just make you add lbs?

Warmest regards,


  • I'm glad that you found a Dr to help you. Did he say what he thought the deep brain stimulation would do? I've heard of it for Parkinson's, however I don't know much about it.
  • he didn't go in to it too much, but I'm really interested to know. I'll be sure to keep you all posted.

    Thanks for your kind reply!
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  • using it (experimentally) for depression and some types of seizures and i think some tourettes syndromes.
  • Oh Steve I am SOOOOOOO Happy you got a new Dr. and hopefully a pain plan that works for you going again :D

    I have told my hubby about you and he pretty much has heard it or been through it all with me and even he was like "holy it" lol ;)

    Weight gain issue. My Dr. told me this. With any med that has a tendency too cause weight gain, you can battle it with low calories, exercise and drinking more water - then...... cross your fingers and hope it works. I have had luck with using his method for weight gain.

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • some sort of pain med that you could take for which your insurance would pay? I did gain some weight with Lyrica, but you might be able to avoid it by adjusting your diet some. Unfortunately, when we're in pain, we not only like to find pain meds to relieve it, but we tend to eat comfort food too.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • Glad to hear you found a good doctor to treat you! I've heard about the brain stimulation at a ptsd seminar I've been to. I'll ask the psych about it at my next support group, he or the mental health nurse might have some info. I'll let you know! Good luck with the rest of your treatment plan! For the lyrica, even with eating healthy and a good diet plan, I gained weight very quickly, but a lot was retention. But, everyone is different, so hopefully you won't have the same effect as some of us did.
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Steve,

    Congrats on the new doctor. Hopefully it will be a good and long relationship. Please let us know how it goes.

    As to the Lyrica weight gain monster. I gained over 45lbs on it, but it is slowly starting to come back down. I hate it, but hate the pain more! I hope it helps you! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I appreiciate your post. I'll let you guys know npmore about the brain stim as I hear. I am no longer alone in all of this which really helps. I love the forum!

    Thank you kindly,
  • I appreiciate your post. I'll let you guys know npmore about the brain stim as I hear. I am no longer alone in all of this which really helps. I love the forum!

    Thank you kindly,
  • I appreiciate your post. I'll let you guys know npmore about the brain stim as I hear. I am no longer alone in all of this which really helps. I love the forum!

    Thank you kindly,
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