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    Quote Originally Posted by Qtrgirl View Post
    @ethom topamax is very hit or miss. It’s actually an anticonvulsant with quite a few off label uses. It does work for some people but we call it dumbpomax in the medical field for a reason. It tends to have a bad habit of really messing with cognitive function, particularly when you first start taking it. I’m a long term migraine sufferer and have tried just about every prophylactic treatment there is, beta blockers, Botox, you name it. I have never had any luck. The ONLY thing that helps with my migraines are triptans and sometimes excedrin. Don’t buy the migraine version of excedrin, it’s more expensive and same active ingredients as plain excedrin. Also don’t use on a regular basis because it will cause rebound headaches. Eletriptan is my favorite triptan but I also use imitrex sometimes. The bad part is insurance limits how much you can have per month. So I alternate between the two.
    GD how much do I HATE insurance companies??!?!!??? Just imagine a world where you went to your doctor, then to your pharmacy, and (assuming you even have insurance) they just pay their part of the cost, huh? What a socialist, crappy system that would be, where insurance companies couldn't step into the middle, take their $$ cut, and, oh yeah, decide whether or not you could have the meds your doctor wanted you to have?? Ugggggghhhhhhh!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by calgal99 View Post
    GD how much do I HATE insurance companies??!?!!??? Just imagine a world where you went to your doctor, then to your pharmacy, and (assuming you even have insurance) they just pay their part of the cost, huh? What a socialist, crappy system that would be, where insurance companies couldn't step into the middle, take their $$ cut, and, oh yeah, decide whether or not you could have the meds your doctor wanted you to have?? Ugggggghhhhhhh!!!
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    Sorry for the reply over a year later. I was involved earlier in the thread, but I guess I lost track. I filled a prescription which was a topical ointment, and they filled it, but the papers stapled to the script said “Plan Limit.” This was a tiny tube marked 15g. I said to myself, wow, this must be some expensive stuff if they are only going to pay for one tiny tube. It is like a quarter of tube of toothpaste. So, out of curiosity, I looked up the price. I expected it to be north of $700 - $800. Not at the pharmacy I used, but at others on the web, the same size tube was under $15! I guess I should be happy, but WTF? They won’t refill a $15 med even once. I have a relatively low dose of a popular pain killer. Can you believe they will cover it if I take the version with Tylenol, but if I want the same med, without the dangerous Tylenol (I only say dangerous, because I take it 3 times a day). So if I don’t want to take 500mg x 3 of Tylenol every single day, I have to pay for the whole thing! And even though it is a generic, it is a lot more than the $15 tube.

    Between the insanity with squeezing doctors (this is a pain specialist) to not give pain killers for more than a week, the pharmacy told me it is “back-ordered.” I asked what time are we talking about. They told me “it could be a week, it could be months!” Obviously I can’t just stop taking it, so my doctor was nice enough to re-send it to another pharmacy. My state is all electronic prescriptions. Nothing, even non-controlled meds are sent by electronic prescription. It is a pain in the neck, because if it is out of stock, you don’t have a paper prescription to take to another pharmacy. And the big name chain cannot even transfer anything controlled to another of their own stores!

    Also, my daughter has to take a schedule 2 medication. The pharmacy that I have been using for 20 years filled it once, but the next time I needed to fill it for her, they flatly said “No, we won’t fill that.” It had nothing to do with me. I know all the pharmacists, and the assistants, etc. and have a great relationship with all of the staff. They just made a decision, at the corporate level, to not bother. I was able to fill it elsewhere, but same hassle with her doctor having to resend it to a different store. And it was not one of the demonized meds. It wasn’t even a pk. These pharmacies are starting to get the same pressure that the doctors are getting.

    I know with my pk’s, they start to ration them, and towards the end of the year, they have problems getting certain meds. I don’t understand the thought process behind the government forcing manufacturers to stop making meds, and create shortages. I would never go on the street for my med, but I know people that would. They are really helping the problem. We are not talking about 80mg 0xy. It isn’t even any size 0xy. The dosage is so low, I used to get the same med from my dentist! The whole system is going off the rails. Sorry for the rant, especially so much later, after the thread sort of stopped.

    I thought it was worth posting that if you jump through all the hoops, get numerous MRI’s (all with large deductibles) and have a doctor that will help with chronic pain, now you have to deal with the pharmacy hassling you too!
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    I can recommend a couple things for pain. Corydalis extract for one, its not probably going to take away all severe pain but its very good for mild or medium pain and it also helps you go to sleep. I always use the crystals which are more concentrated. About 1/16 tsp is all you need, maybe less. If you get the 10x or 40x which are weaker, just use the amount they tell you. I use a tiny spoon of crystals might be 1/32 lol. Besides that there is california poppy, said to help a bit, there are a couple others I can't think of at the moment.

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