Chronic Pain Patient With Severe Anxiety And Panic Attacks

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Timothy Says:
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I'm a patient going to pain management receiving OxyContin for chronic lower back pain and nerve damage in my feet and legs! I'm also seeing a psychologist who has diagnosed me with severe anxiety issues and ADHD disorders! I have hardware in my lower back (plates and screws), back fusion from S1 through L5 L3 L2! I've been disabled for 14 years!

My question is, can my pain management dr tell me I have to pick and choose which meds I need the most? She's telling me I can't receive my pain meds and my Xanax too! I have a contract with a comprehensive pain specialist. Can she kick me out of pain management because of the new guidelines in Tennessee? I'm going through a divorce and I've lost my son in a car wreck! I'm in constant pain and I'm having a panic attack right now! I'm scared to death and don't understand what's going on! Please help me?



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Elam Says:

Timothy I'm real sorry to hear about all the stuff you're having to deal with right now... The last thing you wanted to hear was your Doc telling you that you have to make a choice right? Wow brother, I feel bad for ya.. I live in TN also, and I moved here in March. I've been with PM doctors for 6 years in 3 states, but it wasn't until I moved here that I was told that I couldn't be prescribed Valium with the pain meds I'm on.. That was 5 months ago and I'm still having a hard time without the Valium... My PM doctor here has set me up with an appt. with a psychiatrist who will be able to write me an Rx for Valium, but I have to wait until November, and even then I don't know if I'll be able to fill it.. I'm on 30 mg Hysingla er and 15 mg oxycodone x 4.. Did your doc have any suggestions for you? Did they just tell you that you'd have to pick?

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Timothy Says:
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Re: Elam (# 1)

Yes Elam! She told me I had to pick and choose which medication I needed the most which I need both my pain meds and my xanax because of panic attacks and severe anxiety! I don't know what's going to happen when I go back on the 28th of this month! If you have any knowledge about what I'm going through I would certainly appreciate any advice you have for me! Thanks bro! Good luck to you too!

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Bepper Says:
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Re: Timothy (# 2)

I live in Oklahoma and I was also told that. I picked to stay with my pain meds since I need them the most.

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Verwon Says:

Unfortunately, yes, she can do that. Doctors are allowed to set their own requirements and they are not obligated to continue treating anyone, unless they are in life threatening danger. This is the way things stand under current U.S. law.

The FDA warns that these medications carry the risk of being habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, constipation, and dry mouth.

I know my providing such details on the law is not very helpful, I am just telling you the legalities, at this time. I really hate to see anyone suffering and I know it is very frustrating.

Timothy, have you considered seeing a psych, if this doctor will no longer prescribe everything you need?

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Elam Says:

Re: Timothy (# 2)

Were you in the same situation as Timothy? He sees 2 doctors, A PM doc and a psychologist. They're 2 different doctors, so I don't know why they would want him off of Xanax when they're not writing the Rx's (the PM doc) My PM practice has a psychiatrist on the staff to help people like myself, that can write me an Rx for diazapam without interfering with the PM doc who is Not allowed to write it.

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TiredofPain Says:
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I get Klonopin & have for over 10yrs. My family doc is my provider & I have a pain specialist that is in a hospital in a state over only because that is where my neurologist sent me. I haven’t had any issues with having both? Is each state different. I’m sorry you’re having so much trouble I would recommend that you not tell them you take it anymore but I know that they can see your records from the pharmacy you use no matter if you change it or not. What I don’t understand is the fact that you lost a child and she should understand that! This is why I have been fighting my butt off about the so-called opiate problem when it is in my state. It really irritates me to read or hear on TV considering that the FDA is the same people who used to shove it down our throats and now it’s a problem which makes me wonder if they’re not getting paid anymore. If you’re on the border of a different state tried looking into a new pain doctor that would understand or talk to your neurologist or whoever did your surgery maybe they can help. I’ll be praying for you and I’m sorry for the loss of your child my sincere condolences?

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Charlie Says:

I've had three knee operations and a spinal fusion S2-S6 in the last 2 years. I've been taking Suboxone for 12 yrs for opiate addiction. It actually saved my life but it's not for everyone. I had to get off Suboxone for the surgeries and take oxycontin. Suboxone worked better than oxycontin. You are really not supposed to take xanax with Suboxone but I do. I have very little pain and anxiety, PM doctors don't agree because of the abuse problem. I found a doctor that will write both but will count your medicine occasionally to make sure there is no abuse.

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okcgirl Says:
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Timothy, yes they absolutely can make you choose. I also live in Oklahoma. I've had spinal fusions as well. I'd choose my pain medicine if given a choice. Pain causes anxiety. Too many folks overdosing with that particular combination.

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SheriAmore Says:
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Charlie (# 6) --

Hi! I'm on Xanax & Suboxone for pain control of my CHRONIC headaches. WHY aren't both supposed to be taken together?

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Vinny Says:
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About time you face facts. There are other ways to deal with pain and anxiety besides drugs and it's why they need to cut you off. Back in the day we had pain also but didn't need all the narcotics that are used today. Be a man and fix yourself and stop whining about getting drugs.

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Jim Says:

Any suggestions for pain, anxiety and deep depression? I take Xanax and Wellbutrin, when I have gotten oxycodone I sleep pain free but they won't prescribe. Anything over the counter is a joke! Also how do you find a psychiatrist on your own that will take medicare?

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Doc22 Says:
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Hi Timothy.
She does sound a little cruel. But, with all of the new crazy laws a lot of these doctors are either petrified to prescribe or they're on a power trip. There are a few good doctors left but not many. Unfortunately she holds all of the cards. In my opinion most doctors are just on a power trip.

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Timothy Says:
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Re: Elam (# 1)

Yes Elam! She told me I had to pick and choose! It's happening everywhere! Good luck bro!

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nvrsurndr Says:

Re: Jim (# 11)

I live in NY. I do a search for psychiatrists in my area and then check out their credentials and insurance. Call if I have to verify. I prefer the older doctors.

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Michelle Says:

Hi! I know what you're going through. My Dr. put me on ativan and took me off Xanax. Maybe you can ask the Dr. about that. I also take Paxil for panic attacks.

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golfguyjoe Says:
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I'm very sorry to say, They can do Anything they please. They do Not Care. I was a pain patient for 18 years and I have the same story. On paper and in their Books, opioids and Benzos can be very dangerous together- They say. At first they took my pain prescription away and now they've told me that they will make me so a fast taper off of Xanax. They really Do Not Care! I never for into Any trouble- Never misused Anything. These medications were Not of any danger to me while taking them together. They are watching their own asses. I blame the DEA and the FDA, while They continue to okay drugs that kill people Every Day.

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BL Says:

Usually if a psychiatrist or another doctor prescribes anxiety medications, pain management doctors don't have as much of a problem with it. Pain Management doctors do not treat mental health problems. But, it is up to each pain management doctor to set their own rules.

If you have Medicaid each state has their own rules regarding what Medicaid will pay for and what Medicaid doctors can prescribe Medicaid patients.

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Timothy Says:
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Re: Vinny (# 10)

You don't know much about chronic pain and anxiety!

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BJ Says:

Hi Timothy, I went through worse during 12 years of my RA Pains that caused all the bad effects in my mind, body and soul. Afraid it would compel me to be a wheel-chair dependant, met one Rheumatologist Doctor three years ago and in less than three months time, all things have changed for the better with his treatment that includes one DMARD drug, one pain killer that I now need only occasionally and one vitamin Tablet! To offset side effects, I take one Tablet of specific Herb of alternate medicine to which my Dr was very skeptic but later on he approved it and said 'phenomenal improvements' after seeing results. My suggestion to you is, too many drugs would only destroy you mentally and physically, not the disease. At times, out of the box thinking is needed.

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Dogs Rule Says:
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Re: Vinny (# 10)

Ur ignorance re pain & anxiety especially severe is shockingly cruel ! If it was that easy the newest demographic, which includes millions that r being cut off the meds they've been tkg responsibly for years,wldnt exist ! Go crawl bk in ur hole of blissful ignorance.

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