I just had two back surgeries and spent September and on my birthday I lost my insurance. When I saw my surgeon last week he asked me if I needed anything for pain and I stupidly said no because I thought I would be covered to go to see my pain management doctor. I called the pain management doctor who told me that because I'm a cash patient it's going to cost $150 to see him and then he will write me out enough medications to get through until December 1st. I looked up my medications which would be Fentanyl 50mcg/hr which cost between $92.00-$114.00 and the Oxycodone 10mg costs between $30-$50. So that adds up to about $272-$304. I told the PM doctor that I would be willing to go cold turkey off the Fentanyl if he could up the Oxycodone from 20 to 30 for a few weeks and he said absolutely not and that if I cut the Fentanyl out cold turkey I can or will die.
Then I called my actual surgeon, the one who had asked me if needed anything for pain and I stupidly said no and said that I was more than willing to bring the bottle in if he asked or needed it and I didn't mention the Fentanyl at all. I have not received a call back so I'm not sure what is going on. He probably said forget it. The worst part about this is that I live at home and my mom is a medication *azi...and I was able to hide the Fentanyl from her but she wants to go to every appointment, look at every bottle and shake them for some reason and she would flip out ( I mean put herself into a self induced anxiety/yelling attack) if she knew I was on the Fentanyl. On top of that I'm a broke student who can't work due to my injuries so she would be helping me foot the bill. I can't find anything worth the money that I could sell tomorrow to come up with the cash to pay for the Fentanyl so I don't know. This sounds like a soap opera.
If you have any good plausible advice please let me know.
Thank you ahead of time.
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