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460Sue stacy Says:
How to get xanax, my dr doesn't believe in it, I have had it for some 25 years, I have nervous condition for 25 years, my life cannot live without it, please help me get some help. I have been in perfect health all my life. Never missed used it.
I live in southern maine and have been prescribed xanax for years my doctor recently moved and I have one script left anyone know anyone.....
458sick and Tired Says:
@Katie, No one was condemning. Hell I am the last person to condemn someone. I was giving you sound advice from a person who has been in your place. Do you actually think somebody is gonna email you a DR Feelgood. Hardly. My advice is what worked for me. I offered it and you took it as I was taking your inventory. All equal here Katie. TAKE ACTION and may you find what you need. I feel your pain but so will you unless you take action.
Thank YOU, I. Appreciate you not condemning me!
Very good advice, Sick and Tired! My compliments to the chef! - Dr J.
This is good advice (he said modestly). BuSpar can work if you work it, as the Nazis, say... in other words have a doc willing to play with the dosing sometimes even above the maximum recommended dose. It's a very low-toxicity drug. I don't describe it unless the pt is already on it or asks for it. It's not bad medicine to accommodate her and we do get some work done in therapy.
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454sick and Tired Says:
I would recommend you get your records from the Doc who diagnosed you with an anxiety disorder, And be careful what advice you listen to on this site, DR Joey (the good one lol) will give you the best advice but although he is very empathetic he will give it to you straight. And that is what this site needs. There is a lot of good info and then there is some BAD advice too! Get your records and if you are really going into major panic mode go to the ER be straight up with the Doc and they will usually give you a week and in that week you call a shrink or an internist and be HONEST and ask the Doc to work with you.Do not tell the receptionist you want xanax and if you were lucky enough to have gotten a weeks worth take that to your appointment. Have you tried some other meds. I was diagnosed with PTSD and buspar works well for me but it took a few weeks to get the dosage right, Good luck if you have good insurance call them and have then email you a list of Docs in your area, and if you can start to exercise and eat. Stay away from caffeine and anything else that is a stimulant. I hope you find the help you need!
I have been on xanax for over 20years, doctor doesn't take BCBS and need to find one who does, have severe panic attacks, like in Pascagoula Ms, if anyone knows please let me know, thanks
I think I was unclear in my previous post. We have a condo in NYC so I don't die prematurely of stress- and traffic-related PTSD! My practice is in NYC and my hospital position just a little bit out on Long Island (it's 120 miles, so "a little bit" means 5 miles from the NYC border). This accident slowed me down a lot and that I had to use my own resources to get the pain meds I needed infuriated me. Fortunately, I"m old enough to have friends who were Board Certified anesthesiologists and EXEMPT or GRANDFATHERED fin re: these new regs. I got spoiled, since shrinks always have been given a lot of leeway with Controlled Substances. I treat our addicted patients with respect and dignity and my Sicilian temper goes into high gear when I hear a pain patient isn't getting properly medicated. I don't believe a "legit" pain patient is superior to an accident. I had migraines for years and scarfed down a lot of pain meds and benzos. Legit? Marginally, but I believe I can feel the pain of both addict and pain patients. I don't have patience for its trying to game the system and feel high while in a Drug Treatment Program. I see a lot of this on these forums. On methadone, but asking Klonopin can I take the week before my U/A? Some pts need maintenance meds, addicts or not. I have the licenses to write for some restricted drugs and, when necessary, I sign off on my Residents' orders.
Unless you presented on your first visit while having a serious Hypomanic Episode, I don't think I'd do a Ddx in five minutes. In fact, I know I wouldn't. The few residents I heard of who were doing this met "The BAD Dr Joey" (a best friend and colleague, a pediatrician in charge of the NICU said to a resident, "You don't wanna meet The BAD Dr Joey — do as he says. And she's senior to and has better creds than mine; she's also built like Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman: 6' without heels!) That's irresponsible medicine by any measure. I know how fear can stop us from doing what we really want to do. It's happened to me. I don't mention my past addiction except to drug/alcohol patients, but I won't lie if directly questioned (I"ll probably ignore the question. After a couple times, they get the message. For all my education, I can use the English language in its most graphic terms. "F***ed if it's any of your badness: works, too.)
450sick and Tired Says:
@Dr Joey OMG you and I would make a hell of a team LOL. Your posts are beginning to be one of my fav things. You and I broke the molds, I was always one of the smartest kids in the class in fact I was going to law school but after hearing the horrors of the LSATS I chickened out and went for business, I really like the fact that you treat the LGBT community. I have some really good friends in my town who have finally gotten married and we have a pretty big gay community. Our downtown is full of artsy stuff and all kinds of galleries all within walking distance. But very little treatment for all of the inner city problems. We are an hour from NYC and an hour from Philadelphia so the gangs and dealers make the hour run drop off the goods and come back and pick up the loot. And we are left to pick up the pieces of the broken mess. Monthly waits for shrinks Mental health is a joke and the homeless rate has skyrocketed. So where do they turn, Drugs. Your posts give an air of hope and sound advice. How can you not respect a Doctor who has openly admitted to being an addict and who hires addicts. Not here in the Lehigh Valley of Pa. All of the treatment in Allentown is either medical assistance or cash. And with the DEA on the mission to control your practice no one will treat addiction. Hell Pa does not even have medical marijuana but you can cross a bridge where I live and be in New Jersey where they are starting some clinics. They have plenty of methadone clinics so a lot of people go there but it is a chain of for profit clinics and very expensive. I ask why and the rationale is if you can buy dope you can pay for methadone. I was also diagnosed by a shrink as bi polar after 5 min into the session. I ask him why he thought that and his reply was he could bring up a subject and I could discuss it. Now where did he go to school?? Buspar and I seem to be doing well together after my car accident I developed PTSD and fight it on occasion.Yoga helps and meditation,Early on I found exercise released those endorphin's so that is a part of my daily routine. Eating healthy is also a good rule, try and stay away from caffeine, it just makes stress worse for me. So those are my thoughts for a rainy Sunday morning. peace and to all of those who are still searching for the miracle cure. Look within, we all need help for your sake and those who love you get it.
Do you write scripts? ? Lol ;)
I'm not retired, but have been out for close to a year in the aftermath of a really bizarre accident. (Took place in a parking garage and no cars were moving or even their doors' opened!) I'm from the Albany-Troy area in NYS area, comfortably away from NYC, but I'm spoiled. We have a condo there so I don't die prematurely of Aggravated Drivers' Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Disorder. Thanks for the kudos. I was always too smart for my own good when I was in high school and college.
Hey Doc! Your post is very interesting and inspiring! You know alot about addiction. That's awesome tof hear from a doctor. Are you retired now?? Where are you from??
@Sick and Tired: Thanks for your condolences, bud. My Mom and I were very close. I've had more than my share of incredibly good-looking boyfriends some serious (a couple of CK models, actors, etc.), but she inspired me to use the brains she and God gave me to do some good in the world, not just make money. I"m sorry you lost your parents at such an early age. Talk about loaded dice, my friend! I lucked out again when my Mom wouldn't go along with the AA/NA hysteria when I had a pill problem. I got help, from a shrink who became my mentor. He and out family Internist (who had more specialty certs than even I do!), started asking me about medical school. Doc F said that we need more shrinks who know how to use the English language n all its forms rather than just write for pills. (I was on my way to a PhD in English at this point.) I finished that degree because I really love writing and literature, but I also took a "year off" program to ensure I had all my creds for apps to med school. I"m a good test-taker; I've always been, so I got into my first choice med school and from there, away we went! (Remember Jackie Gleason?) Incidentally, my shrink was the Face of clinical Psychiatry on Long Island. He thought there was some underlying Depressive Illness, but "I can't treat what MIGHT manifest," so he waits until I showed ONE miserable symptom and then shared his theory. He was right. I take Prozac, Effexor, Klonopin [always had significant Generalized Anxiety Disorder] and Ritalin [because my Major Depressive Episode had to be tx-resistant —of course! I'm careful with my meds. I won't use the old trick of putting my sister's or boyfriend's name on my scripts. My meds come directly from my shrink's successor (and my good friend). It's insurance against thinking what happened once, especially with amphetamines, cannot happen again. Yes, some pts with Hxs of addiction NEED potentially addicting drugs, but it's up to me to monitor them and I do a pretty good job. I see patients with other psych issues as well, of course and I"m lucky enough to have inherited a practice when I can charge top dollar (often to people with more money than brains, sad to say). Thanks again for your kind words. I wish you only the best!
445sick and Tired Says:
@DR Joey, My deepest regrets on the passing of your mom. I have a feeling she was a great lady and probably you and she were very close. I lost both parents by the time I was 20 my Mom died when I was 17 and my Dad had a heart attack the day after her funeral at 7am and I had to call the ambulance and deal with that .OH boy talk about stages of grief. Well he was hospitalized and they did a heart cath but he never recovered and died right after my birthday Jan 7 Medicine way back then was not what it is now.They both probably would have lived. I too did the same research on Bill and in fact I never fit in with the Natzi's. My family deemed me the black sheep and I was sent from Pa to Florida where I established residency and was able to use my limited trust to go on and graduated from the U of Miami and got introduced to marijuana. My degree was in Business and my thesis was about legalizing marijuana and making it a profit for it. Luckily I had a professor who didn't fall over in shock when I submitted the theme LOL Who would have know I had a vision that is currently happening. But I have always been a bit of a radical and still am. But I don't need to tell you about that controversy. In the last few years over 50% of opiate over doses have been by teenage or early 20's and Caucasian. So yes I agree we have a great deal of public health issues. We need more access to treatment for narcotics and these new so called recreational drugs. If you are an addict get your butt in a good treatment program. Short term detoxes no longer exist, so we have people who spend years on methadone or the wonder drug (sarcastically) Buprenorphine. Buyer beware both drugs are extremely hard to get off of get on and get the hell off.That should be on the label. Another benzo's they are not to be used long term. If you think just because it is prescribed it is ok NOT worse withdrawal than narcotics. So by now you are probably saying how do I know this well folks I have been there done that and regret the day I first stuck a needle in my arm or went to Dr Feelgood and ran out of the pharmacy like I was running from a burning building. Addiction is a disease accept it and treat it as such that deamon chases you all your life and he will chase you forever. Thanks for letting me share a brief part of my story. And remember the suffering addict out there who thinks he or she has control ! May you seek the help you need. peace
I am having the same problem. Any luck?
I live in GA and I've been taking zanex for years and then I had to go cold turkey in jail then I started on a methadone clinic but the anxiety stroll gets me very often I also have 4 plates 6 screw 2 pinns in my lower back from a four wheeler accident and was addicted to the opiates that was prescribed for pain and since I'm having horrible back spasms. And I'm tired of pain
442sick and Tired Says:
@Dr Joey, Wooo Hooo I knew there was a reason I liked you. There should be more Docs like you!!! You overcame your habit and you treat everyone regardless of their sexual preference or addiction. So anyone out there trying to beat the demon listen to Dr Joey the dude knows his s***. Listen to him. Not only has he been there but he could be making major money but volunteers to help addicts. Dr Joey you are the bomb!!!
Yes, these are all public health issues. I"m a gay man and donate a full day to an LGBT Clinic and "terrorize" all available residents who meet the cut (I prefer 3rd and 4th year, not just for experience, but so I don't have to constantly check their scripts) and want a "good later" from me and their own Chiefs to donate as well. Some of my colleagues remind me how much money I could be making having another day of office hours. I'm not here to become the richest man the the cemetery, buddy! As I said, sounds like we'd make quite a team. (And I cut my private fees quite often.)
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