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    Lost My Pain Doc Due to the DEA!

    I know that the environment for CP patients has become increasingly bleak in recent years. I'd read stories about the DEA hassling pain doctors for trivial reasons, leading to severe consequences for...
  2. Alex, thanks for your reply. Thanks for the...

    Alex, thanks for your reply. Thanks for the 'heads up' about Federal policy, too. It's very easy to get a MMJ card here in California. My private pain doc gave me a prescription for MMJ. (Turns out...
  3. Pharm. Steve: Where to Fill Injectable Pain Meds?

    My pain doctor prescribes injectable Dilaudid for my severe intractable pain. I've been using it for several years and it works quite well for excruciating pain. My pain doc understands all of this....
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    Wldfir---I'm so sorry that you're going through...

    Wldfir---I'm so sorry that you're going through all this. That sounds like a horrible pain clinic. That's no way to run a practice at all.

    I agree that only doctors should be allowed to make...
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    Mark, thanks so much for your compassionate...

    Mark, thanks so much for your compassionate reply. This whole situation is such a nightmare.

    I've done some research into the law and made a few calls, but it's looking like trying to get back the...
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    Chronic Pain and Major Family Problems

    I suffer from excruciatingly severe constant chronic migraine, but at least I have a great pain doc and the pain and nausea is controlled to the point where I can function at a basic level. I'm not...
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    Alex, I hope your partner gets better. Wishing...

    Alex, I hope your partner gets better. Wishing you and your partner all the best.

    Eva
  8. Thread: why?

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    Alex, so sorry to hear about the VA cutting your...

    Alex, so sorry to hear about the VA cutting your dose of pain meds. In those circumstances, I don't blame you for trying to get some pain relief through alcohol.

    Back when I was undermedicated, I...
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    Mark, I definitely agree with you that Obamacare...

    Mark, I definitely agree with you that Obamacare has not lived up to its claims.

    Obamacare has NOT made health insurance more affordable. My premiums are ridiculously expensive with or without...
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    Lil E---So sorry to hear about this. Even before...

    Lil E---So sorry to hear about this. Even before Obamacare went into effect, my PM doctor was not contracted with any insurance plans. Apparently insurance payments to doctors are very low, so I've...
  11. Any Experiences With Chronic Pain and Medicaid?

    I suffer from excruciating chronic pain, but at least I've found a great doctor who is willing to help me. Of course, doctor visits, health insurance, and medications are not cheap. You get what you...
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    Lil E---I'm so very sorry to hear this. Sorry to...

    Lil E---I'm so very sorry to hear this. Sorry to hear that Obamacare has actually made things worse for chronic pain patients---how terribly disappointing.

    In my opinion, you should be allowed to...
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    Alex, I'm so sorry to read about how badly the...

    Alex, I'm so sorry to read about how badly the V.A. is treating you. I don't understand how the government can treat its veterans so poorly.

    I'm in terrible pain due to pharmacy problems, but of...
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    1:30 on a Saturday and NOW the pharmacy is...

    1:30 on a Saturday and NOW the pharmacy is closed? Today is NOT a holiday.

    I spoke to the pharmacist about an hour ago and got cut off. I figured I'd call before I went over there, and I guess...
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    Walgreen's is not only making me wait till Monday...

    Walgreen's is not only making me wait till Monday to fill my C-II's. It's even worse than that.

    I have a C-III medication. Even though I renewed it over the phone, they messed up.

    They don't...
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    Steve, thanks for the link. Yes, Walgreen's...

    Steve, thanks for the link. Yes, Walgreen's policies absolutely are discriminatory towards chronic pain patients. What happened to me today was discrimination; there was no valid reason to deny me my...
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    Thanks. I've been doing lots of Google searches,...

    Thanks. I've been doing lots of Google searches, and I really haven't found anything. Any pharmacist can just tell the patient, "It's the law"--how many people know the details of each and every law...
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    Is There a New Law re: Opiate Scripts?

    I just returned from the worst pharmacy visit I have ever had, hands down. I was DENIED every single one of my C-II pain meds, ostensibly due to a 'new law'. Is there a new federal law? Or did a new...
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    My pain doc writes out my scripts to be filled...

    My pain doc writes out my scripts to be filled every 28 days. So I get a 30-day supply every 28 days. When I first started going to Walgreen's, they gave me some grief over this. I had to explain...
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    Steve, thanks for the link. To find out the...

    Steve, thanks for the link. To find out the Walgreen's is actually violating the law with their discriminatory policies is the straw that broke the camel's back. Chronic pain patients need their meds...
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    Mark, I'm having the identical problem as you. My...

    Mark, I'm having the identical problem as you. My Walgreen's has a new PIC who brought along her own rules. I was just informed that Walgreen's will no longer allow me to drop off my scripts early,...
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    New Pharmacy Policies--Lots of Problems

    I've been going to 'W' pharmacy since 2009. I've had numerous problems with them being unable to get or to order my prescriptions. Most recently, they left me without my sleeping pills. (The...
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    Thanks

    Steve, thanks for explaining the policy to me. No wonder I can't get a straight answer from the pharmacists---I guess they're as confused about the policy as I am. I had thought that maybe the pharms...
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    Question for Phamacist Steve---DEA 'Limits'

    Steve, hopefully you can answer this question, thanks. I can never get a straight answer from the pharmacists who work at "W" chain store about this policy. When I tell them that I don't understand...
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    Alex, I'm very happy to hear that you found a new...

    Alex, I'm very happy to hear that you found a new doctor to treat your pain. I can't even imagine how stressful it must have been to have been 'fired' by your former pain doc. That would be an...
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    Opinions/Experiences with Obamacare?

    I just wondered if people have any thoughts on Obamacare? Good, bad, in between? Personally, I'm waiting to see how it plays out.

    If I give up my 'grandfathered' health insurance plan, I can NEVER...
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    Thanks for the info, Steve. When are these...

    Thanks for the info, Steve.

    When are these government 'drug czars' going to realize that there will always be a small percentage of people who will abuse any drug?!

    I truly have compassion for...
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    DEA Pharmacy 'Limits'!

    I just wanted to let others know that the DEA's recent policy of putting quantity 'limits' on pharmacies has resulted in it becoming extremely difficult for me to get certain meds. It is now...
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    Mark, thanks for your question. When I went to...

    Mark, thanks for your question.

    When I went to see my doctor, I told him what had happened. My doc is really nice, so there was no problem at all.

    My pain doc's office has a 'new rule' where...
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    Alex, I'm so sorry to hear about your problems...

    Alex, I'm so sorry to hear about your problems with your PM and nurse.

    I'm feeling pretty ill at the moment, so it was a little bit difficult for me to follow your story.

    From what I read, it...
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    Mark, thanks for your reply. When I first started...

    Mark, thanks for your reply. When I first started seeing my pain doc, I recall him handing me my scripts at the end of my appointment. Glad your pain doc works this way, because it makes life a lot...
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    Jeannie, thanks so much for your excellent...

    Jeannie, thanks so much for your excellent advice! I think one of the reasons why things are falling through the cracks at my pain doc's office is the fact that there has NOT been a nurse there for a...
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    I'll just say that I'm very thankful for the...

    I'll just say that I'm very thankful for the Chronic Pain forum. I've been posting on it off and on since 1998, so I've gone through many different server changes.

    From my own personal experience,...
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    Pain Doc Says I got Script, but I Didn't

    I want to wish everyone best wishes for 2014. Sorry I haven't been on the forum for a while. Life has been hectic. Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer me any advice as to how to proceed with...
  35. Thread: Happy New Year

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    Glad you had a nice New Year's, Mark. I just...

    Glad you had a nice New Year's, Mark.

    I just want to take this opportunity to wish everyone on this forum good luck in 2014!

    Eva
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    Mark, thanks for your reply. Between the DEA and...

    Mark, thanks for your reply. Between the DEA and the attitude of certain pharmacists, it seems to be tough even to get meds filled these days. I hope others are not going through this, but I'm sure...
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    Bad Pharmacy Experience

    My local chain pharmacy is no longer able to order my dilaudid injectable or my dilaudid suppositories. I've been getting ALL my meds there for years, but suddenly they are unable to get the full...
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    Kate, glad things worked out for you. Steve,...

    Kate, glad things worked out for you. Steve, thanks for posting this info. I've been hearing about these "limits" since late last year.

    My local chain pharmacy is no longer able to order...
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    Alex, I'll continue to pray for you and your...

    Alex, I'll continue to pray for you and your sweetheart. I'm so sorry for all the problems that you're going through with pain, extreme heat, and car troubles. I can relate more than you know.
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    Thanks so much for your replies and advice! It...

    Thanks so much for your replies and advice!

    It did seem odd that this woman revealed so much about her meds, her insurance problems, etc. I would NEVER be that open about personal info with...
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    Befriending Someone at a Pharmacy?

    I thought I'd ask for some advice and opinions regarding this issue---thanks!

    I recently went to my indy pharmacy to pick up a prescription. There was one other woman who was also waiting for a...
  42. Thread: Pray for me

    by Eva 14
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    Alex, Lots of prayers and all my best wishes...

    Alex,

    Lots of prayers and all my best wishes go out to you! I hope things improve for you; I understand about going through tough times.

    Eva
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    I googled "NDI" number and it looks like I...

    I googled "NDI" number and it looks like I misheard it. I think it's "NPI" number. I still don't understand exactly what it is or why a pharmacy would need it. Thanks to anyone who does know!

    Eva
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    Pharmacists are Getting Very Strict...

    I'm guessing that there must be some sort of new legislation that is causing pharmacists to become super-strict when filling C-II meds.

    Today, after waiting nearly 2 weeks for "W" chain pharmacy...
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    DEA War on Pain Patients

    http://www.painmedicinenews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Policy%2B%26%2BManagement&d_id=83&i=March+2013&i_id=935&a_id=22628&tab=MostRead

    The above link is to an interesting article that I found about...
  46. Thanks, Steve. Yes, it is Walgreen's, and they...

    Thanks, Steve. Yes, it is Walgreen's, and they have caused me so much frustration with their "inability" to get my meds. They claim that when they order the Dilaudid suppositories, they only get 12...
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    Karenica, so sorry for your pain. I agree with...

    Karenica, so sorry for your pain. I agree with Alex; if the pain is unusually severe, you should see a doctor.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    Best Wishes,
    Eva
  48. Pharmacist Steve....Question Re: Dilaudid and Chain Pharmacies

    Pharmacist Steve, I wondered if you might be able to anwser a question I have---thanks!

    I am prescribed a fairly large quantity of Dilaudid suppositories on a monthly basis. All of a sudden, my...
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    Thanks for your advice, Steve. When I called my...

    Thanks for your advice, Steve. When I called my insurance company today, I was pretty amazed to find out that they finally did APPROVE my Exalgo dosage. I guess their talk of an "FDA limit" of 64 mg....
  50. Why Can't a C-II Script be Faxed to a Pharmacy?

    I've often wondered why a doctor is not permitted to FAX a C-II script to the pharmacy. Over the years, I can't even count the times that I've had to drive fairly long distances to the doctor when I...
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    Thanks, Steve! That's excellent information about...

    Thanks, Steve! That's excellent information about the appeal process; I never really knew that there was an appeal process. Exalgo ER must be the most expensive of all of the ER pain meds. So many of...
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    Hi Diandra and everyone! Things have been really...

    Hi Diandra and everyone! Things have been really hectic for me lately.

    I've been fighting for MONTHS to try to get switched to a different pain med! It's really ridicuous. My pain doc wants me to...
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    Pharmacist Steve---Question re: Exalgo Dosage

    Steve, I appreciate any help you can give me.

    My pain doctor wrote me a script for Exalgo. My doc wrote my script for MORE than 64 mg. to try to convert from the Avinza dosage I've been taking.
    ...
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    Alex, when I checked my insurance formulary the...

    Alex, when I checked my insurance formulary the expensive long-acting meds like Avinza and Exalgo were NOT in the formulary, but it did say that the insurance would pay with "prior authorization"...
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    Steve, interesting info. You may well be correct...

    Steve, interesting info. You may well be correct that the problem lies with the insurance company, and the pharmacist just had to deliver the bad news. From what I've read of Alex's post, it does...
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    Thanks, Kate. All my meds are from the same...

    Thanks, Kate. All my meds are from the same doctor---my pain doc.

    I went to pharmacy #3 a few months ago when my local chain store was unable to get one of my meds. This indy pharmacy is actually...
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    Alex, that really was a nightmare that you went...

    Alex, that really was a nightmare that you went through! I hope you've gotten the whole thing resolved by now.

    Steve, interesting to read that the drug abusers are using multiple ID's. They...
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    Alex, I'm so sorry this happened to you. As if we...

    Alex, I'm so sorry this happened to you. As if we don't have enough to deal with just being in chronic pain!

    I'm usually in such severe pain that I can barely think clearly. If the above had...
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    Alex, I hope and pray that you are doing okay...

    Alex, I hope and pray that you are doing okay now. I totally respect and understand your decision re: treatment, whatever it turns out to be.

    I can relate because four years ago I was diagnosed...
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    Diandra, I also am somewhat familiar with...

    Diandra, I also am somewhat familiar with Ketamine, although I have never tried it. I know that it is an anesthetic that is also used as a veterinary tranquilizer.

    A few pain doctors out there are...
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    Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to everyone on this...

    Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to everyone on this board! It is great that we have a place to talk about our CP issues. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

    Blessings to all!

    Eva
  62. Is It 'Illegal' for Pharmacist to do Partial Fill on C-II Meds?

    I wondered if anyone knows whether or not it is actually "illegal" for a pharmacist to do a partial fill on a Shedule II medication in California. I'm currently dealing with this issue, and I figured...
  63. Thanks for your replies. I learn a lot on this...

    Thanks for your replies. I learn a lot on this board; it's interesting to read about people's individual experiences with different meds.

    My insurance denied the Exalgo (too expensive) so now I...
  64. Switching from One Long-Acting Med to Another?

    I just wondered if anyone has experience switching from one long-acting pain med to another? Such as MS Contin to Oxycontin, or any of the other long-acting meds like Opana, methadone, Fentanyl,...
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    As someone who has experienced some problems with...

    As someone who has experienced some problems with my chain store pharmacist, allow me to express some of the reasons why it is important to let people "vent" their frustrations on a CP forum such as...
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    I just wanted to say that IF my pain doc had...

    I just wanted to say that IF my pain doc had questions about a certain medication and wanted advice from my pharmacist (or another pharmacist) I'd have no problem at all with that.

    As I said, I...
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    Opiates and Sweating....

    Do many of you experience the side effect of profuse sweating while on opiates? I've read and heard that it is a very common side effect. My pain doc confirmed this.

    Is there anything that can be...
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    Diandra, my heart goes out to you. I get very...

    Diandra, my heart goes out to you. I get very scared whenever the power goes out during a storm (which isn't very often in California).

    I can only imagine how horrible it must be to be in such...
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    Alex, I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry that...

    Alex, I just wanted to say that I'm so sorry that you had an unfortunate experience with that pharmacist. I often wonder what pharmacists who are opiophobic think that pain patients are trying to get...
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    Trouble Dealing with a Pharmacist

    I asked my regular pharmacist at my chain pharmacy if she is able to get a certain medication (Dilaudid 4 mg. ampules). She said "I'll have to look" and I assumed that she was then going to go look...
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    Mark, I'm so sorry to hear that you're having a...

    Mark, I'm so sorry to hear that you're having a major flare in your pain. It's terrible when that happens. I hope the massage helps you.

    You're lucky to have a family that loves you. I just talked...
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    Pharmacists Playing Doctor

    My pain doctor told me something very interesting about how he feels that certain pharmacists from Walgreen's are over-stepping their boundaries and trying to play doctor. My doctor even said that...
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    My pain doctor just did a drug test on me the...

    My pain doctor just did a drug test on me the other day. My PM thinks that drug tests are unnecessary, because he says he would never take anyone on as a patient if he didn't trust them. For years,...
  74. Alex, you really have my sympathy. I once saw a...

    Alex, you really have my sympathy. I once saw a doctor for a very serious medical condition, and the stupid clinic was re-scheduling my appointments left and right! It was a life-threatening illness,...
  75. I totally agree that small indy pharmacies are a...

    I totally agree that small indy pharmacies are a million times better than the horrid service we get at chain stores.

    The problem is in my town Walgreen's has a virtually monopoly. They've been...
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