Doctors Who Will Prescribe Pain Medication In Huntsville Al
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rachel Says:
 
My pain management doc got investigated and now hes closed his practice down. I was getting 30mg oxycodone 5 times a day and morphine 15mg 2 times a day. Does anybody know a doctor in huntsville alabama that will keep me on my meds, need answer ASAP!

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cant take this chronic pain Says:
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I am 24 years old. While I was pregnant with my oldest I threw my back out helping my grandmother back into her bed when she fell one night, after I had my son I was diagnosed by MRIs with 2 buldging/herniated discs, dengenerative disc disease, sciatica, and rheumatoid arthritis. Since then I have buldged another disc and one of the original injured discs have began to, in a nutshell, crumble. I have been seeing the same doctor I was seeing at 16, for migrane prevention. For the past 5 years I have taken 2-3 Norco 7.5s daily, 90 350mg somas/month, & 60 .25 mg xanax/month. My doctor was investigated after Aggarwal and although he was not shut down, he still would not increase my dosage after my new documented injuries, despite telling me i do need surgery, but after we have talked he decided it is not feasible for my lifestyle, I am the sole provider/caregiver for 3 small children, & with the dangers that come with the surgery I need, the risks outweigh the benefits. He was out of town about 6 months ago and I had to see another dr in his office, who treated my grandmother and knew my case very well. He did increase my dosage to 75 norco 10s a month, all of my other medication has remained the same other than the tramadol he added to my regiment and an increase in my mobic to treat my arthritis. My issue is that my pain medication is still not doing its job, now I am not out here trying to find this extremely strong pain medication that everyone else seems to get, but the only thing that has helped my back in years are the percocet 10s I recieved after my c sections. I don't have insurance at the moment and I need to find a doctor thatI don't have to drive 2 hours to see and that will actually help me. All I want is to be able to function normally again. I have all the documentation I need to get that strong crap, but I don't want that... i want reasonable management. Can anyone please help me!!! I live in the Huntsville, AL area.

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bassman Says:
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I used to go to tn valley PC. They would only give me 3 10mg tabs/day, unless I had surgery to sever the main nerve to my leg(gunshot wound to tibia very painful it went through the bone and broke it) I told them if I had the surgery then they would claim I didn't need meds, plus I have two friends that have had the same surgery, and they're in wheelchairs for life. So, do what you need to do. I don't recommend method. clinic been down that road it is worse to come off of that anything, I used to do 5 oxy 80's a day, so believe me its a rough way to go. Good luck all my bros and sis's.


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Pain advocate Says:
 
Pain medication is needed to survive for anyone who suffers severe unrelenting pain. Haven't you seen how many people are committing suicide because of pain due to lack of proper pain care? Pain is the number reason why someone sees a doctor. It's the 5th vital sign. So why doesn't a human being have a right to quality of life? Every time I read comments that are due to pain and AL, I read ignorance. Opioid pain medications are legal for anyone who suffers legitimate pain, acute or chronic. Stand up and speak for your rights!

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Pain advocate Says:
 
If poster #136 thinks natural suppliments like kratom , ginseng and others are going to relieve severe pain? There is slim possibility that may but for the majority it's not going to do the trick. Besides, kratom is being outlawed in many states and that is spreading. It only helps a small amount people anyway. Opioids were put on this earth since the beginning of time by our God and for centuries it has been used for severe to moderate pain. Until Alabama pain patients stand up, organize and fight for your rights? You are going to be suffering needlessly. Start a face group, organize together with a group of like minded patients, caregivers and health care providers and start standing up for your rights and possibly your life! Florida advocates have the news involved and doing a 30 minute story on how a fake prescription pill epidemic has caused legitimate pain patients to end up being collateral damage to this failed drug war. The DEA gets to seize from whom they decide to rape, they get to keep everything they confiscate for themselves. They are who are causing a fake shortage of pain medicine and causing doctors so much fear to treat REAL pain! Also you can join SPPAN who is affiliate to American Academy of Pain Management and bring your organized group to them. They can help you to support or oppose laws in your state that effect pain care. I really hate to hear that AL is going down the tubes too in the area pain care. Don't allow it to happen to your state! You can fight this and BEAT it! Check it out or join,
" Fight For Pain Care Action Network". They have a website online and you can email the leader. In fact? The leader owns a home in AL. Good Luck!

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DRuss Says:
 
Do you know that you can make up your own mixture of natural supplements to take care of whatever level of pain you may have? There are also things you can do to aid your body in not enduring the withdrawal symptoms. These are natural based and you determine how often and how much you want to take, not the docs or FDA! Take back control of your own health! I can help show you how to get back in the control seat!

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BL Says:
 
fed up w govt, call your state medical board and ask them how you can obtain your medical records. There should be some type of message on their phone, note on the door or there may be an ad in your local newpaper regarding the practice closing. Also ask the medical board if that dr is still licensed to practice medicine. You can also google the drs name.

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fed up w govt Says:
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I went to my last neurologist appointment and the office was closed. Have been on low dose opiods for 7 yrs. No access to records for new doc. Where are the ethics of these highly paid, hypocratic oath swearing people we trust w our lives? Interested in your petition. I do not get a high from meds just able to live.


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Pain advocate Says:
 
It seems all conversation on this thread is about everything EXCEPT pain care and who needs help with finding doctor! How horrible!
Isn't there any doctors in that town who isn't apart of some huge money making, shot jockey, out fitters? There has to be some private pain doctors who really care about patients and not about needles. Unless Alabama has turned into Florida. Every state is trying to go over board with cutting out pain care! When are Alabamians and their doctors going to stand up for the suffering? UNREAL!

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Bobbie Says:
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Anna I dont understand and need a dr in Huntsville

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Deb Says:
 
Health care in America is twice as expensive as in any other country. America's quality of health care puts us at 37th from the top as far as quality of care goes. The notion that people come to America for health care is waaaay outdated. The number one nation for quality of health care is France; NOT the USA. May have been at one time, but no more. Gotta get past the old data and move on. What Obama gave us is NOT socialized health care. What he gave us is more profitable health insurance companies, and is making us pay to make them more profitable. France, among the many, like Israel, and the U.K. DOES have socialized medicine, and it is way far cheaper for much better care than what we now get in the U.S. I have a friend who lives in the U.K. I asked her how much the British government takes from her every month to cover her monthly premium for health care. Her payment each month? 15 British Pounds, or in the US equivalent, her health care costs her about $26 U.S. Dollars each month. No co-pays, no deductibles, no other expenses. She takes her national health care card to the doctor or the pharmacy, shows it, and is given treatment or medication. She never has to fill out a single form, or pay anything other than that $26 per month premium. Same thing in France, Israel, Germany...on and on. We are getting seriously ripped off and lied to in the good old USA as far as health care goes.

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Pain advocate Says:
 
I wonder if DocSkep has went through withdraws himself since he sounds so knowledgable of what is will be like for every person here. Makes it sounds like a walk in the park. I'm sorry but I would have to believe if that this DocSkep truly has ALS? That he is not sitting and suffering in pain and does take meds for it. I would bet that he wouldn't want to have to stop his meds if his pain is really as bad as he says it is. Sorry.. friend. I don't buy it. Withdraws for any pain patient that are forced into it, can be fatal. BP can get out of control along with heart rate. I feel that was such a BS bogus post. Come on now.. if your having pain like child birth, your not going to be able to live right withdraw. Nope. That was spammer folks. Pain that is severe requires medications and you as a free American have rights to have your pain controlled. Look up the Pain Patients Bill of Rights! It does exist.

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Mike Says:
 
Obama has turned a seriously flawed medical system to something that is LESS affordable for many many people. Who in their correct mind would allow Nancy Pelosi preside over this anyway? She has pushed socialized medicine for years. Does it work? Sometimes....but slots of folks who have money come to the USA for surgeries. Like...why?..it it is so wonderful. Sorry....Obama is so Socialist leanings....it scares me. But...the pill docs brought the wrath upon themselves by not using a balanced approach.

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DocSkep Says:
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First of all, I have ALS and suffer unbearable pain in my legs and torso from involuntary and relentless myoclonic spasms. The closest I can relate this pain to something many women is contractions suffered during childbirth. You cannot control them or will them to stop, nor can anything you do much except endure the suffering.

When you are suffering labor pain, you at least know that the pain will eventually stop and all the agony your body just went through is forgotten as you gaze into the miracle you just created.

Now, double that pain, make the spasms of indeterminate length and intensity, and try to ignore it or function in any way possible besides exercising your vocal chords from screaming. Now introduce medicine that can alleviate this pain, and tell me who in their right mind would refuse this medication? As time goes on and your body becomes used to a certain amount, and more is needed for the same affect. Nobody is a "bad" person for trying to alleviate terrible pain. Quite the opposite. We go through the days intentionally avoiding pain. It's instinct and how we survive. Without pain, we wouldn't last long because we would have no indication that we were in peril.

Now jump forward years and let's say you want to stop taking meds because they have found a better, perhaps non-addictive way to treat your pain. You stop a very high level of narcotics. And here is where you are simply wrong, and passing on bogus information.

The withdrawal symptoms from hydrocodone, oxycodone and other fast acting opiates is no where near months. At most, you will be very sick and uncomfortable between 5-8 days, the peak around day 3. It is akin to having a bad stomach flu. You will have the runs (take immodium), and you will probably throw up. You will sweat, have anxiety, depression, and lack of energy. Basically you will be sick. Big deal! Haven't you had the flu before? Is it uncomfortable? Yes. Are the symptoms treatable? Yes, just do the best you can, feel crappy for a few days and move on. The reason you are quitting doesn't concern me, it is like smoking. Hard to do? Yep? Harmful to quit? No, quite the opposite. Your brain needs to recover from suddenly stopping it's ability to produce endorphins naturally. It will be highly uncomfortable, but as a presumably logical adult, you know what's coming and just tough it out. 3 days, and if you go on some short walks, swim, stretch, use your body (we were meant to move as humans, not lie around crying about a lost pill).

So the short acting opioid w/d will peak around day 3-4, and you can prepare yourself to be sick. Some adult addicts are way more babyish about it than the avg 10 year old. Psychologically, you will feel unhappy because you've temporarily used up the extra endorphins you've been flooding your brain with to manage pain. You will crave opiates. Reasons seem obvious so will leave it there. You crave cigs when you quit. Just remind yourself why you want to stop pain meds. Maybe sick of a pill controlling your life? Worrying about running out too soon? Not working for your pain? Hurting relationships and losing trust? List goes on.

Okay, now what pissed me off was the claim that withdrawal from oxycontin can be fatal. ABSURD! What is far more dangerous is accidentally ODING from said drug. W/D are not fatal. Uncomfortable, well of course!! Fatal, NO!! Stop spreading lies. It is easy to research. The ONLY fatalities that happen are the opposite - when someone takes too much. Please, don't let people scare you from stopping if that is your goal. Man up, be sick for a week, and move on.

Think about it. Lots of ppl are hospital every years, wks or months at a time after major surgery. They get used to 3 mg morphine or dilaudid every 4 hours to zip at home. They usually feel sick from w/d without even knowing. 3 days later they are fine. Just use your brains.

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aes3535 Says:
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Any luck on locating where to get your prescriptions?

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Diamond Says:
 
I'm talking bout the Tennessee valley pain clinic it's not worth crap. They gave me a block in my back didn't last 2 days, they gave me another one, I ended up in the hospital with a bad infection they tried to say I failed a drug panel after they didn't send it out for a few days so I won that. It was never ending with them but they had me on high dosage of medicine so nobody can say they don't prescribe it b cos the do. I've had over 30 surgeries n I don't have no withdrawals off any medicine n I've been on strong meds for a long time n can stop when I want. It's will power. If u have withdrawals, then ur addicted n need to come off the meds anyway.

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Diamond Says:
 
I'm not so sure bout that. I was on 40mgoxys n 10 mg percs b for I left that place.

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syntara Says:
 
If you have long term, chronic pain issues and need medication for them, you can self-refer yourself to the Tennessee Valley Pain Consultants group of doctor specialists. They are located across the street from Huntsville Hospital Main, and about a half block closer to the Parkway than is the hospital. They are very good, and do not under treat or over treat in both my and my husband's experience.

Their phone number is 256-265-PAIN. Call any weekday between about 8:30 and 4:30 to set up an initial appointment. This group is really, really good at managing pain. They do not push epidurals or other procedures on you automatically. They WILL effectively help you manage your pain with medication, once you become their patient. But, you will have to sign a "contract" with them stating you will not go to other doctors for any pain meds on top of what this group gives you. If you do that, and they do have ways of checking, it could mean a warning to you, or they could decide to simply stop treating you as a patient. Simply follow their rules, and your pain will be managed to your satisfaction. If at any time you don't think the drug(s) they prescribed are effective anymore, just tell them at your next visit and they will find something else.

My husband is in a lot worse shape then me, and they do all they can to ensure that whatever they have prescribed to him is effective. As soon as that is no longer the case, he tells them, and they find a different drug for him. You won't hear any staff at this group tell you to "just walk it off," if you are hurting. If you are hurting they will fix it.

On your first visit, you may have to have a drug panel done. Be sure before the drug panel that you tell them EVERYTHING you are currently taking, and it helps to have the actual prescription bottles with you for proof. Don't even try to see this group if you've engaged in taking illegal substances, as they won't take you on as a regular patient if they find illegal stuff in your drug panel results. Don't forget to tell them of every drug you are currently taking, and if you are taking anything that you weren't legally prescribed, don't even go to this group until everything is out of your body and you've decided never to use illegal substances again, as there will be periodic, unannounced drug panels while you are a patient of this clinic. Just do good, follow the rules and laws, and you will be wonderfully cared for. Both I and my husband know so from personal experience there.

Good luck!

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syntara Says:
 
To sad mom and wife: Oh for crying out loud, a doctor should NEVER tell a patient in pain to just "bite the bullet." There is such a thing as a Patient's Bill Of Rights, and the right to be in as little pain as possible is one of those rights.

I don't know where you live, but my husband and I, both chronic pain patients, are seen at the Tennessee Valley Pain Consultants' group of specialist doctors. They will do all they can to ensure you are in as little pain as possible. Your condition sounds like my husband's. He is in much more pain all the time than I am, but the docs at the TVPC in Huntsville will do anything possible to adjust/change his meds whenever he tells them he needs help with pain and the current drugs aren't helping him much anymore.

Their phone number in Huntsville, AL is 256-265-PAIN. You can self-refer yourself there, just take all of your diagnostic history with you (x-rays are a big help).

If you don't live where you could visit the TVPC, call them anyway, to see if they know of some group or Pain Management Specialists in your specific area.

Good luck!

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syntara Says:
 
Take note, ALL!

If you have been taking any pain med with Oxycontin in it, DO NOT try to cold turkey quit those drugs suddenly on your own! Those particular drugs (Oxycontin, Percocet, etc.) CANNOT be suddenly withdrawn completely and done safely. People taking those drugs need MEDICAL HELP to get through withdrawal as without slowly weaning off of them with medical help, you could have seizures, a stroke, or even die from the withdrawals these drugs cause.

If you have been taking Norcos, or hydrocodone-acetamenaphine and want to cold turkey quit those drugs, you will feel HORRIBLE for maybe several weeks after quitting them, but your life is not in danger from the physical withdrawal of these drugs the way it is with the other pain meds with Oxycontin in them.

If you are taking any pain med with Oxy in it, and suddenly find that no pharmacy will fill your prescription, take yourself to your local hospital's ER and tell them what's going on. The staff in the ER will understand that you CANNOT simply quit taking drugs with Oxycontin in them and expect to get through the withdrawals alone. Please, please keep this in mind too, before you ever start taking any pain med with Oxy in it.

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syntara Says:
 
Tash, don't know where you live, but in Huntsville, AL, is the Tennessee Valley Pain Consultants group of doctors, and they are very, very good at treating long term chronic pain with maintenance drugs. They do NOT push epidurals or other surgery on you; they WILL give you the pain relief you legitimately do need. You can self-refer yourself there too. Their phone number is 256-265-PAIN. Give them a try. I have, and so has my husband. We live in TN, but go to Huntsville for pain maintenance help with that group. Very good, very kind people, so long as you follow their rules. Good luck!

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