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Thread: Pharmacy refusing to fill pain pills - PLEASE HELP!

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    When I have no other course of action to follow through on, what other options do I have? I've tried pretty much everything (other than a pain pump) and only meds give me any little moment of solitude. I'm quite aware the list of meds I'm on is ridiculous. Hell, it'd probably kill a horse. But when you have that much pain STILL breaking through that amount of meds, you know you've got something hard to deal with. Btw, with a pain pump, what kind of medication is it usually filled with? The pharmacist mentioned I should try it.

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    I think you should see a pain specialist.

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    The Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program enables any Physician or Pharmacist to check on your controlled substance prescription history. All of the big pharmacy chains, including Publix, use it. Pharmacists can report medical personnel to their State Medical Board if they suspect non-therapeutic prescribing.
    This is the site but you can't log in unless you have a medical professional license and DEA number:
    https://flpdm-ph.hidinc.com/fllogapp...g/pmqhome.html

    We have a similar monitoring program in Texas.

    Your current pharmacy may have gotten an alert when they checked the site and placed a call to your Doctor. It's common practice now and actually encouraged.

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    Jim, I've seen 6 pain specialists over the last few years and I'm currently seeing one to come up with a plan. We are looking into possibly using a peripheral nerve stimulator. The problem with me is my complicated history. I have myelomalacia - softening of the spinal cord due to a traumatic injury to the cord. It is incurable and only gets worse over time. I have trust issues with pain specialists. One pain specialist I was seeing did a Rhizotomy on 2 levels of nerves, and when I woke up, the entire left side of my body, face, genitals, and ribs were searing with paraesthesias. I come to find out later, from my Cleveland Clinic Dr, that he should not have done a Rhizotomy on a patient with myelomalacia. So, in reality, doctors have done me more harm than good.

    @2drwhofans - What would happen if I decided to take it to Publix instead? Walgreens did not refuse to fill my prescription, but only told me they may in the future. What would be the worst that would happen if I take it to Publix? Walgreens never denied me yet, so I don't see that as being a problem. If Walgreens denied me, then I decided to take it to Publix, then I see that as a problem. Or maybe I am mistaken - I should probably get acquainted with the laws. It's criminal that the addicts ruined it for people with legitimate pain issues. It breaks my girlfriends heart to see me writhing in pain at night. I heard her crying last night while I was moaning in pain - I feel just as bad for her as I do for myself

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    If your doctor writes you a new prescription, you can take it to any pharmacy you want.

    Publix will have access to the same controlled substance database info as Walgreen's though and their Pharmacists have the same ability to contact your doctor about any concerns

    You're on 4 different medications commonly prescribed to treat nerve pain, a benzodiazepine , a short acting opiate and a long acting opiate.

    That's eventually going to raise a red-flag at any Pharmacy these days other than one that's privately owned in conjunction with a "pill-mill". It's a potential liability issue for their corporation.

    That's exactly what happened 5 years ago to Walgreens in your state: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...llion/2412451/

    Jim gave you good advice regarding evaluation by a board certified Pain Management doctor.

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    I am already seeing, and have seen 6 in the past, a board certified Pain Management Dr. They've done me more harm than good with the Rhizotomy procedure they did (which they later reprimanded the surgeon for, because he should not have burned the nerves so close to where my myelomelacia injury is located). I was recently given some advice from someone on another forum about a genetic test I can take which shows me which medications would be they best suited for my particular body. Have any of you taken this test?

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    There is a member on this forum who uses the screen name Ketamine Kitty. He has started threads and responded to threads about the extraordinary pain he experienced. Some of his posts were very difficult to read because his pain was slowly chipping away at his resolve to live. It might be helpful to read his posts. Here is one to start you off. You can read more if you search this site for "Ketamine Kitty."
    http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthr...ketamine+kitty

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    Why don't you see your doctor, and make a plan?

    You can always take your scripts somewhere else. They don't want you filling multiple scripts for opioids at multiple pharmacies.

    What kind of doctor is managing all of these medications? It should be a pain specialist or maybe a neurologist or physiatrist.... not a primary care doctor. You are taking 3 anti-seizure medications at once. My guess is you can remove at least 1 or 2 of them and it wont make much of a difference, for example. Someone is messing up here.

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    you asked for help and advice which is what you are getting. i am sorry that the help and advice you are getting you feel is counter productive however there are many of us who have been thru this stuff already and are still dealing with it. changing doctors often called doctor shopping may in fact be the exact reason why they have red flagged you. also changing pharmacies often is another reason to red flag you as well. my advice would be to stick with 1 doctor and 1 pharmacy preferably a pain mangement doctor one who is board certified in pain management.
    T6 Incomplete due to a Spinal cord infarction July 2009

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    @shashms, The only reason I recently changed is because I moved to a different city. I've stuck with this same one for awhile now. I probably got flagged because of my age. I'm only 31, and them seeing a 31 year old taking all these meds probably made them feel like I'm selling it. I always get "oh you're too young to be in this much pain" constantly. From friends parents, pharmacists, doctors, and a lot of different people. So, essentially, I am being profiled. And yes, my Dr. is a board-certified pain management dr. I'm unsure why you guys would assume I'm not seeing a board-certified pain dr. I'm much more knowledgeable than given credit for. I've been doing this for 5 years, doing research every day. Anyways, I'm not sure if you guys are familiar with my diagnosis - myelomelacia. It's basically a death sentence and incurable, unlike herniated discs which can be operated on. The only person I've talked to with my same diagnosis is further along than me, and he is in the same situation. Writhing around in bed all day, his body on fire, unable to work or hardly even talk. I'm almost to that point. I sit in bed all day just moaning and it worries my poor girlfriend. Anyways, feel free to look this diagnosis up. It's pretty rare and most people are unacquainted with it. I've only had 2 drs who even knew what it was, and he told me he couldn't help me, since it only gets worse. Anyways, thanks for your help guys.

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