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dont know what to do?

Posted by stella on 7/14/03 at 12:34 (124393)

Hey everyone.. well i am in a lot of pain. Drs appt this friday trying to get in early. As u know i had surgery on may 22nd. Foot is killing me. Very painful and numb. I am battling still have no money. Lost my job. I do not know what to do. I tried the bio freeze it isnt working and neither is the pain killers anymore. I think i became use to it ha ha . any ideas??? I am in so much pain

Re: dont know what to do?

Dr. Z on 7/14/03 at 17:42 (124424)

You need to move you appointment sooner. Stay off the foot as much as possible

Re: Went to drs today

stella on 7/15/03 at 10:23 (124462)

Ok went to the dr today and he now put me in a uniboot? Probably spelled that wrong. I am still taking the codeine. But cant afford the neuortin still. I dont think i can ice it while im in this cast typething. The dr did say that my numbness in the heel is not pain. Thought that was a nice one. It hurts with the tingliness so thats that. I am gonna keep elevating it and staying off it. I go back in a week. He said no to physical therapy right now. When i asked he was like what kind of physical therapy?? I was like something to move my foot . Who knows. But hopefully the pain level will come down soon

Re: Went to drs today

Sharon W on 7/16/03 at 16:54 (124568)

The numbness in your heel isn't pain, huh? Where did he get the audacity to make THAT declaration?? It was awfully condescending of him, don't you think, for HIM to tell YOU whether what you are experiencing is 'pain' or not??? Has HE ever had TTS? Has HE ever had a problem with neuropathy of ANY kind? I'll bet he hasn't!!! Numbness can make you really miserable.. until the nerves are finally all dead, that is. Then I suppose you don't feel much of anything.

Sorry, but stuff like that really gets my goat! Noone knows what this feels like, until it happens to THEM...

Sounds like he doesn't know anything about physical therapy for TTS surgery after-care, either. Not good. (But then of course, physical therapy is even more expensive than Neurontin...)

Good luck with the uniboot; I hope it will make your pain level come down soon.

Sharon
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Re: Free Meds !!

BrianG on 7/16/03 at 18:43 (124577)

Hi Stella,

There is help for you, but it may take a little time. It's too bad you didn't start this process BEFORE the surgery. Go to any search engine, and type in 'needy meds'. all the big companies give out free meds, including pain meds, to those who can not afford them. All you need is a compassionate doctor to sign off on the forms.

I am thinking I may have to go this route when my insurance changes from Medicaid, to Medicare. I've already sent for all the forms. I have them, and will fill then in when necessary. I'll give them to my doctor, who only has to sign them, and then have them mailed in. It's not to late.

I just did a quick search for you. Neurontin is manufactured by Pfizer. Call their Patient Assistance Program, at 800-646-4455.

Good luck
BrianG

Re: Free Meds !!

Sharon W on 7/17/03 at 18:51 (124666)

Stella,

Here are some websites to check out for free meds. I believe the second one is the PFizer site:

Access to Free Medicinewww.edhayes.com/indigent.html
http://www.themedicineprogram.com/
http://www.needymeds.com/
http://www.prescriptions4free.com/
http://www.medakate.org/medicine.html
http://www.pharmwell.com/indigent.htm
http://www.naotd.org/freemeds.html
http://www.institutedc.org/prescrip.htm

Sharon
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Re: Oops! My misake...

Sharon W on 7/17/03 at 20:18 (124682)

I messed up that first link (blame it on the Neurontin 'brain fog,' I guess!) It should read:

http://www.edhayes.com/indigent.html

Sharon
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Re: free meds?

stella on 7/18/03 at 00:25 (124692)

ok well i looked and i dont qualify like i knew. Probably cause i do not have kids. However it said to call the 1800 number and i could get a share card and pay 15 bucks for a 30 day supply. Who knows. Tell me about sharon i know my foot doctor has no bedside manner at all. He is not sympatic at all thanks again for the info...

Re: free meds?

Sharon W on 7/18/03 at 07:04 (124696)

Stella,

It's worth scraping together the 15 bucks for 30 days to get Neurontin!! I realize it doesn't work for EVERYONE -- and of course you might be one of those it doesn't work for (1 week is too soon to tell) but it's definitely worth $15 to try!

For me Neurontin was a big surprise -- I hadn't really expected it to give me that much relief from my pain. It didn't make ALL the pain go away, of course, but it sure did help.

Sharon
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