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MaC686 Says:
 
I have a serious problem. My dr. had two patients start dr. shopping and has decided it is too big of a pain in his butt to continue prescribing, even though I have gotten MRIs and Xrays to prove my problems. I have over a half a dozen herniated discs in my low back, along with degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis and arthritis in my facet joints. I am currently on5 30mg oxycodone a day for breakthrough and 60mg of methadone for my long lasting meds. I REALLY need a doctor in the Denver, CO area who will not judge me because of my age, thinking I'm just some drug seeker as I TRULY need my meds to function. I am even being placed on disability until I can get my back healed because if something doesn't change I will be in big time pain for the rest of my life. If ANYONE knows of a good doctor that prescribes strong meds willingly in the Denver area please email me and let me know. I am in desperate need of help as I am going to be SCREWED if I cannot find a good doctor. SOMEONE please help me with a doctor!!!!!

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Lizzie Says:
 
Thank you all for having the courage to share your stories. It is often like reading versions of my own life story. Long story short, I have suffered from chronic and debilitating migraines for over 12 years...in conjunction with spinal stenosis of the upper c-spine. I have had xrays, CAT scans, MRIs and sleep studies. I have been on EVERY prophylactic and migraine med on the market, not to mention off label meds like topomax (which has a legal suit pending fyi) and depakote. I was on fioricet for a while which helped alot at first but then its effect on me became a huge problem as others were thinking I was drunk (I do not drink alcohol..ever. I finally got true relief when I was put on a regimen of oxycontin 80s and oxycodone 30s. A sprinkle of soma and xanax to help relax the muscles responsible for the migraines (they think) and my pain level was at a 2 most days. When the oxycontins changed to the OP my stomach couldn't tolerate it so I switched to MSContin (Morphine E/R) and that seems to be almost as effective (but not quite).Admittedly I was on high doses (3 100 mg Morphine and 10 30mg if oxy for breakthrough. Occasionally I would switch my short acting to dilaudid just to give my tolerance a shakeup. I tried Opanas and I might as well have taken Tylenol. A year or so ago, I decided to wean myself down because I was feeling so great...I had hopes that perhaps I didnt need the meds any more. While I have been blessed with a high tolerance to pain, I have been cursed with a high tolerance to meds...even novacaine at the dentist! Well, big mistake. My migraines returned with a vengeance and I was literally bed ridden for 4 months. I realized that I needed the meds to function....hell, to keep from being homeless if you want the truth. So a year a half ago, I embarked on a mission to find an understanding pain doc who would get me back to living with a 2 and not the 8 or 9 I was currently experiencing. Not so easy, as you all know. Oh and no medical insurance. So I would visit doc after doc (cash paying all the way) and even when on the phone they said the doc prescribed pain meds..most looked at me like I was an addict. No way could a woman who weighs 100 lbs survive on that amount let alone function. Most were comfortable keeping me at my morphine level, but most prescribed very few oxys for breakthrough pain.

One doc wanted to put me on percocet (the first rule of chronic pain management...no meds with tylenol!) so I continued on my way. I even drove to Longmont,paid $300, from Littleton, only to find that the doc wouldn't prescribe after being told on the phone he did.Another doctor was very understanding, or so I thought, and prescribed me some short acting. The plan was to do facet IV's..they do them right at their office and as I discovered later there is no proof that facet IV's have ANY benefit at all yet have become the bread and butter of many a pain management practice. Btw, this information I received from a physician who had his doctorate in pain management. He even went so far as to tell me he'd be afraid for me to have the IV's since I am so small framed. As it turned out, my insurance denied the IV's and lo and behold, my doc suddenly wanted to wean me off my meds and ultimately put me on suboxone. Last I heard, suboxone has no benefit for pain. Her attitude toward me changed over night even though I had followed her costly recommendation by seeing a psychologist AND a psychiatrist (she believes that most chronic pain sufferers have had traumatic childhoods (my childhood was great and the psychologist did not agree with her theory anyway.Thats when I found this board and thank God I did. Thank you Mac. Both my boyfriend and I go where you go and so far so great. It is a bit far, a bit pricey but worth it in the end. Well worth it. I do have Medicaid but yet to find a good pain doc that also takes Medicaid. I'm up to 4 oxys a day now. I admit 10 a day was a bit too much, but 6-8 would be perfect for me and allow me to live with a 2 level of pain. Now Im living at a 4 and after a year and a half of barely functioning I can live with a 4. This thread was a time and money saver..a true life saver.

Thank you MAC. In return I offer everyone else out there a hidden treasure. Mapleton Pain Clinic in Boulder ...while it may be far (50 minutes from Littleton)..they truly understand chronic pain and the fact that most of us do not want to be medicated but have no choice and have come to this conclusion after trying everything else. 303-441-0506 I don't know if things have changed for new patients but I found them to be understanding, caring and non-judgmental. A friend of mine goes there and she has Medicaid. Not sure if they are taking new Medicaid patients. And sometimes there's a waiting list to get in so if you are interested, act fast. Get them a referral and a copy of the last 3-6 months of patient notes, in addition to any lab results you may have. Once again, thank you Mac and to all of you who took the time to help others out even when you yourselves already had a good situation. I was hesitant to share this oft-unknown hidden treasure for chronic pain sufferers but I didn't want to be that person who could have helped even one person and didn't. I wish I could still go there but I relinquished my driving privileges (God forbid something happens and Im driving..and pain meds come up on my drug panel) and there is no public transportation from here to there. All I ask,,if any of you do go there, please share with us your experience. Again, follow the rules and you'll be golden. My prayers and thoughts are with you all as you walk (or stumble) down this horrible road of chronic pain. I would not wish it on my worst enemy..oh and to miss the joys of being accused (outwardly or by mannerisms) of being a drug addict..who doesn't love that?? I am a middle-aged mother of 3 grown children, grandmother of one, an accountant. I need high doses of meds that might kill another, but if you didn't know I was a chronic pain sufferer. you would never know I was on daily doses of narcotics. They give me the ability to function...at work, at home, as a Mother and most importantly, as a Grandmother. My sister, Rest In Peace, took her own life 6 years ago as a result of the chronic, severe pain she could no longer live with. No one should have to be put in that situation. But, I bet all of you on this board can empathize. Lets make sure no one here has to ever cross that bridge. I still feel the pain of losing her every day, although I can not be angry because I know where my own thoughts were during that dark period when I couldn't find relief. I do not believe in the act itself, but unbearable, nonstop pain is such a huge burden on us and those who love us.Here's to things changing so that doctors can once again prescribe without fear of retribution and us chronic pain sufferers can live life the way its supposed to be lived.

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Nicki Says:
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I use to be on the same dose, then they added oxycontin. Have you tried those b4? They work great. If they continue the percs and add oxy 10-20's then that gives u more time to increase the oxy dosage.

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rainbowflowers Says:
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Thanks girls I wil be doin those suggestions and I have no issues wit wat im on now and been on its percocet 10mg/325 they wk ok im happy im able 2 go things n nt be so grumpy n tired from pain I no its nt a high dose of meds like other ppl are on but my dr is concern cuz im at tha max dose but I dnt always take tha max dose

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Nicki Says:
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Rain, i forgot to answer your question about your dr. He should have no reason to stop perscribing just because you say no. But you do need to explain how the thought of taking Methadone is scaring you. Is there a drug that wirks good for you? If so ask if you can take that instead. Hopefully it all works out for you.

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Nicki Says:
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Rain, i have never taken methadone but i have seen how people react to it. They tend to be very tired, they move slowly, slur their speech. They look all messed up like they are high. They say it helps with the pain, but they say all they do is sleep. If you work i wouldnt take those. Hope that helps you.

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sara Says:
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Rain-its possible but not likely if you approach it correctly. Take a list of side effects...The biggest one is CRAZY drowsiness!

I fell asleep at dinner, while cooking and burned pots on the minimum dose. I was useless...I tried it a month as suggested and quit flat.

If you have to drive yourself or especially children around, share that you're very, very fearful about safety. You don't want to fall asleep at the wheel. It's dangerous.

Share that you would be SO AFRAID to take them....

Your doctor will probably back off of the idea.

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rainbowflowers Says:
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So I still looking for some help or advice from anyone.My dr wants 2 do a trail run on methadone I did a trail run of morphine and had a really bad allergic reaction I dnt wanna do methadone can my dr stop seein me or givin my meds if I say no 2 methadone??

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JaneyGirl Says:
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Jose Vasquez is also a Licensed Psychotherapist which is a HUGE help with pain folks and the issues we go through!

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sara Says:
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Sarah-i was there long ago. They're very holistic, but kind and non-judgmental.

I had an adult student who they had to send out on a 5150. They treated her with dignity in a very undignified situation...

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rainbowflowers Says:
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Rebajam u better call dr shaw office 1st and see if he will see u cuz if u make a apt with dr shaw they may think u tryin 2 get pain meds from him 2 and they cld cut u off becareful..I did wat PA THERESA told me 2 do with all my referrals like she wanted me 2 then all hell broke loose

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rainbowflowers Says:
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No his name is dr ryan winkelhorst I call him dr ryan

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wendy Says:
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Mac is your pain finally as controlled as it can be ? Are you able to function on methedone? Or are you still in a lot of pain ?

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Sarah Says:
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Has anyone been to the Boulder Community pain clinic? Yay, nay?

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sara Says:
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Just a share about the Rx discount card offered here...I'm sure some discounts work great with this, other Rxs not as well.

I asked to check the price of my prescription today with this Rx card--$63.00. Full price was ~$80.00

I had previously asked the pharmacy if THEY knew of programs for cash patients.

They had a cluster of options listed behind the register. Gave me a great one--$38.81, same Rx. Signed me up free and put it as a default on my record to always check for the cash discount.

I checked 30 tablets morphine for those that take it... $9.00. That's less than a co-pay-yay! And since it's the bottling that's the majority of the cost, 60 are only 40-70% more.

Your pharmacy may have a similar list.

Hope this helps someone.:):):)

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tammy Says:
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Vasquez is a LPN but as much as he knows he should be a doctor. He is great.

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wendy Says:
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Is Dr Ryan first name Dan ?

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MAC686 Says:
 
Liberty I am on a high dose of methadone and 4 30s of oc for break thru and I am 23. I am sure if your husband is legitimate with his pain and medical records Dr. Vasquez should have no reason to lower him. Is he on more than 100mg of methadone per day? And with methadone they prefer you having an EKG every year because methadone can mess with the QT interval of your heart. But Dr. Vasquez at CPR is very understanding.

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rainbowflowers Says:
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Wendy I still dnt no way either and she never gave dr ryan or any dr at kasier a reason either I always followed the rules

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wendy Says:
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Teresa is awesome I don't understand why you ladies are being turned away .

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rainbowflowers Says:
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Yes I have seen dr ryan at kasier and u can call kasier and ask if they take the insurance u have. Also wat problems are u havin with tha PA THERESA I did as well I had a horrible time with her

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