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Hi All

PLEASE HELP.

I use to come to this forum a very long time ago. I have received so much kind understanding words. however, a lot has transpired and I have not been able to come around. Due to husband (surgery) PC crashed for several months. Mother took ill etc. Okay but here is my big dilemma and I figured if anyone could guide me the folks here could. Wiz, skipper, WW Cindy Frank Lee and the rest. Please anyone I left out your are just as important.
Okay I had abused vicoden. Went to numerous doctors, etc., then I came clean with my doctor. I did this due to irretractable chronic pain caused by spinal deformity and numerous spinal reconstruction's. The pain was so bad and the addiction etc. After I went to my doctor I detoxed. But the pain was too bad to be without med. So my doctor put me back on Vicoden and I have used it properly this time. But the problem is I have to change doctors. this is due to a bill that wasn't paid. I had a workers comp cause that went array. the bill didn't get paid and I got a termination notice. I was trying to resolve it through my attorney and health insurerer.By the time I did the doctors office said I had already been terminated and the policy is once you are terminated you can't return. So that is that. I have made an appointment with a new doctor. So....here is my problem and I am soooooo scared I am sick with nerves. My records will show I had a problem abusing my vicoden and went dr. hopping to get the pills. So being this is a new doctor I am afraid she will be hesitant to give me the meds. I take 2 (sometimes 3) vicoden and two soma a day. But if I come clean and tell her will she not want to prescribe them? Is there a way to avoid telling her? I know she will ask for my records. I am almost out of my meds so I need to get them from this doctor. And I hate to not tell her because I want to be honest. HOW DO I HANDLE THIS? I have been honest for months now with my meds. But I am not sure how to go to a new doctor and ask for these drugs. I will bring my bottles to show her but what do I say bout my previous problem. I AM SO SORRY THIS IS SO LONG. YOU HAVE ALL BEEN A LIFESAVER IN THE PAST. I AM WORRIED SICK.PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ADVISE ME. I suffer such pain I can't imagine being without my meds until I locate a doctor that will prescribe. And my insurance will only allow me to change doctors at certain times so i can't keep changing.
Your all angels
Beige
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I am doing a research paper on Drug addiction and the collection of disability for it in the case that working is not an option. Is there anyone that has collected disability for their addiction or is planning to due to the results of the addition?

Thank you for your help and any responces will be greatly appreciated.
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Beige:

welcome back to the forum. as you already know, there is always
room for another addict.

even though your problem is quite common, there is no easy an-
swer. in my 35 years of drug addiction i have tried being hon-
est, and i have also tried to conceal my past. actually, your
past may not follow you to the new doctor. if you really want
to know, request a copy of your medical records from your old
doctor. this may help you formulate a plan of action.

for reasions i'm not quite sure of, i think you might have beter
luck with the honesty approach here. if your new doctor confronts
you, stay calm and explain your side of the problem. pain control
has become a very "popular" concern in the medical world. maybe
the reasion i suggest the honesty approach is i'm getting really
tired of my own bullshit.

i really wish i could be of more help here. i know the position
you are in. i am afraid it is all to common a spot for a addict
to be in.

keep an angel on your shoulder (and keep posting)
kip
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Skipper

As always thank you for your timely response. I appreciate your input. I have always looked forward to your posts as they hold wisdom and experience. You are a kind heart to take the time to help others. I go tomorrow to the new Dr. and i will feel out the situation. And more than likely try thee honest route.

thank You

Beige
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although this forum isnt intended to help research papers etc- its function is to help those with addiction problems- but to briefly comment on your question- if you are referring to disability as administered by the social security administration, then it should be noted that the soc sec regs do not permit disability payments on the basis of drug addiction or alcoholism- now- that being said- many addicts have caused organ damage that in and of itself can be considered disabling-
as far as other types of disability benefits- then i suppose their requirements vary depending on what type of disability benefits you are referring to
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Beige, if your doctor is at all with it she will review your old chart, and obviously will find out about your vicodin. She may refuse to take you as a patient, even before she sees you, but if she does see you I would use this approach: tell her you are comfortable on your three vicodin, two somas daily, and that your would be willing to sign a contract with her that you will not increase your dosage, and that you will not seek narcotics from any other source.  If you break the contract (and she finds out) you are automatically dismissed from her practice.  It allows her to legally treat you, and gives her an out if you blow it.  Good luck......if she doesn't work out there are many physicians who will help you, with a contract.  hjp
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Hi hjp

Wanted to thank you for you advise. as always this is such a supportive forum. I go today to see this new doctor so I am praying between the wonderful advise skipper and you gave me it is a successful appointment.

BooBoo...I am sorry for hijacking your thread. I was in a panic with little time. I apologize.

Beige
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Beige,

Sorry I was late to answer your post/ query. Your story includes much of what is wrong with our health system, and I feel for you. You appear to have a medically determinable impairment that could reasonably be expected to result in pain. Thus, you as a patient have rights to demand treatment for pain. Now having said that, a lot is determined by where you live, how assertive you are and simple luck of the draw. Several wise things were said above and I too think I would take the honest approach. You had a problem with meds in the past, you will work honestly with your physician and sign an agreement that you will not seek narcotics from another physician. This is totally reasonable and eventually there will be some kindhearted md out there who is doing his or her job, who will dole out the meds. I would not put a limit on how much you need; I would rate your pain, and how it interferes with your daily activities and note what meds have worked for you in the past. Then ask the doc to suggest dosage. Good luck, glad you
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I want to thank you for your reply. Also for the great advise. I do have a tendency to put a limit on the amount of pain med i ask for, for example i say i am comfortable on 3 a day. When in truth that still leaves me with a lot of pain. Again, all the great advise I received here is so appreciated. It is great to be back.

Beige
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Hello, there I'm new to this post......
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Welcome!!  Please jump in whenever you feel ready.

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HI EVERYONE; this is my first post, so please bear with me. i have been on percocet's almost 4 yr's now, first let me tell my age, i will be 71 in april, i do take them for pain, the pain is in my ear, neck, and often time's the pain goes all the way to the very top my head, the strength of pill's is 5/325.
my dr and i know i am addicted to them, i take no more then 6 per
day, as long as i can handle them, would i be better off going on something stronger, i am a free bleeder, so i can't take nothing with asprin in it, but i worry  about the tynol that is in the percocet's. hope you can understand the way i spell.
thanks for anything you can tell me.
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Please help me.  I am toomuchpain aka Geo-Anne and I am sufferring like you cannot believe after 4 months off of valium.  I took it by prescription in low doses for many years.  I have posted under oxycotin and valium addiction or something like that.  You refer to an angel on your shoulder and I know that whatever is happenning to me is "beyond" the scope of this earth.  I am not crazy.  I just feel it so much and for some reason I have connected with you.  God Bless You Too, Kip!
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geoanne:
welcome to this forum! allways room for just one more addict, so
please come in out of the cold! i'm sorry i didn't respond to
your post in a thread above (hydrocodone & diazepam).

my expierence is limitied. before you were born, i did detox from
whalopping big habit to pentobarbital, sodium. so i do know what
coming off the dangerious downers (benzo's & barbiturates). i
thought you recieved some excelent advice from other forum members,in the thread above (hydrocodone & diazepam).

my personel advice... get back on valium, find a addiction doctor
to WORK with. barring you doing that institutionalise your self
for professional to do what most people can't accomplish them-
selves.

COMOING OFF BENZO'S (LIKE BARBS) is a real dangerious thing to do
without medical supervision. brain damage and death are real pos-
sibilitys.

{SEAMSTRESS... HELP ME OUT HERE, PLEASE}

geoannie, keep posting, you already have the angel on your
shoulder
kip
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