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Rocky1 View Drop Down

Joined: Aug/26/2008
Location: Lakeland Fl.
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    Posted: Nov/13/2017 at 6:01pm
It took 3 months to get referred to pain management. They called today to tell me they do not accept Atena Insurance. WTH I can not deal with this pain. I have been trying to stay calm. Nobody in Florida wants to write pain med scripts or take control and do anything. Looks like a Tequila  kind of night.
2/13/08 two lvl fusion L-4 to S-1 w/Axilif and all the hardware to prove it.I now have severe chronic pain.
Down and out 16 weeks.But with the help of my spiney friends I am moving on with life. Left and right rotator cuff 2012 torn meniscus 2013
Another tear same knee, Now torn meniscus both knees 11/2013 As of 11/10 17 C3-C4 C6-C7 Posterior disc osteophyte complex with moderate central spinal stenosis and impingement on the anterior cervical spinal cord. there are uncovertebral changes and facet joint arthropathy with bilateral neural formina narrowning and mass effect on exiting right and left C4 and C7 nerve root
T12-L1right para-central disc protrusion abuts the the-cal sac
L1-l2 disc bulge abuts the the-cal sac. mild facet
L2-L3 spinal canal stenosis secondary to disc bulge and bilateral facet hypertrophy
L3-L4disc protrusion spinal canal stenosis disc spacers partially extend into the right extra-formation region and abuts the right L4 nerve root in the extra-formation region
L5- S1Disc bulge abuts the thecal sac bilateral facet hypertrophy The L5 nerve root exits with mild impingement.
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Location: GTA
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sara1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/03/2017 at 12:04pm
Okay I don't live in Florida but I think you can call Atena insurance and ask them which Drs and hospitals accept your insurance.I even did a search on Google and there were some Drs but not sure if they're still there or accuracy of the search.

I guess we're lucky in Canada well where I am to have good Pain Management hospitals but there's a big wait and unless your family Dr has to help with meds and physio referrals in the meantime. Keep us posted. Sara
DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left leg and foot. all lumbar discs now herniated one central herniation with exiting nerve contact.Facet joint Hypertrophy RFA for pain relief
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Joined: Oct/16/2017
Location: California
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I had issues my HMO could not address. I found pot,and it was great.
Pain clinic however would not prescribe pain meds if on pot. It was a pickel.
A political pickel.
Thankfully my long time primary doc saw the problem and helped me out.

I wish you luck in finding a good clinic.
Mine was a lifesaver.
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Location: United States
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jeff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/06/2017 at 4:10pm
The drug dealers who get narcotics illegally and the resulting DEA response as directed from capital hill to force pain patients to go without treatment is getting ridiculous.  I need more pain medication myself but my doctor won't go up because of the idiotic DEA guidelines that state a certain level cannot be crossed.  Never mind someone developing tolerance like me after 5 years straight of being on narcotics for excruciating severe pain from a condition that cannot be cured.  

Write your US Senators and Congressmen and tell them to pass laws that go after the real problem, and have the DEA back down on chronic pain patients.
Ankylosing spondylitis resulting in fusion of entire cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and SI joints, osteoporosis, 5 compression fractures, severe stenosis of spinal cord & nerve root compression, cervical myelopathy, radiculopathy, bruise & permanent deformation of spinal cord, incomplete spinal cord injury, postlaminectomy syndrome of cervical region, chronic nerve and orthopedic severe pain, and bilateral carpal tunnel. Asthma, GERD, high blood pressure, high tryglycrides, diverticulosis, recurrent pneumonia, anemia, hypertension, chronic dry eye and mouth. Need hip & knee replacement and fusion of both feet. Already had 11 surgeries including 5 orthopedic & 1 neurosurgery.

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I hear that Jeff!
We've just finished with the V.A.,now we start on them!
It's a bit overwhelming trying to maintain a low stress life
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Joined: May/05/2016
Location: Nebraska
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   I think Sara1 has a good idea.  Call your insurance company and see if they can give you a list of PM doctors that take your insurance.  At least it's a place to start.

@Jeff,  I have terrible tolerance issues at times as well.  Not with my short acting meds but with the long acting ones.  I take MS Contin, but after time, it quits being effective at which time I change to Oxycontin for about 6 months and then can go right back to the Morphine and have it work great again.  I have been doing this for the last 24 years.  There were two times in all those years where it didn't work so well so I had to do a really slow taper down to just a small mount of narcotic and stay there for a month and this caused my body to reset.  I then went right back to the morphine and did great for a few more years.  I would say only having to resort to that method twice in 24 years is pretty good though.  I have heard that some doctors want to taper you off completely for a few months.  I actually did that a couple of time myself when I had tolerance just because I wanted to see where my pain levels were.  Boy, you forget just how bad the pain is when you have been on meds for alot of years.  It sure made me appreciate the pain relief I get from them.  Anyway, you probably know about these methods already, just wanted to throw them out there in case you didn't. 

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