Hospital took me in on an out patient basis giving me methadone starting at 180 10 mg tabs. per month and over the years got me up to 360 tabs per month They were the pain specialists. This was over a 8 year period.
The Doctors there of course left and new ones replaced them all with different policies of the # they dispensed per month.
At the end of the 8 years the last Dr. says "Why don' t we ask your specialist in infectious disease if he will write the RX for you?" So he pushed his problem on to an unqualified Doctor. This Dr. writes 360 tabs per month for over 9 years.
During the 9 yr. period this Dr is going into semi retirement and NEVER even sees me at visits. Only his nurse practitioner.
The next trick they pull is saying they can't take my insurance any more,of course they are lying and want to push me to some one else. That someone else is the very same Pain Specialist that started me in the first place!
So he immediately cuts my dosage by half. Talk about a killer. I'm half dead, THE PAIN DR.WAS wrong in the first place.
That's a hell of a lot of methadone over that period.
I am 63. This stuff is in my bones!! If I went to a clinic to detox cold turkey I would not make it. I have cancer ,osteopathy
and advanced arthritis and high blood pressure.
I don"t know whats next, no clue. Only that this SPECIALIST may drop me again. Pwmonty7******************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- - When did this first start?- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
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Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
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