"I only get one life and I will not let Fibromyalgia take the joy from my living it."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lyrica As A Narcotic

I tried a new doctor today. I've really been unhappy with how difficult it is to get refills on my prescriptions for Lyrica. I don't like that my doctor was making me come in and get written refills every three months for everything I was on. Back in January I quit taking Cymbalta because my insurance changed and it was going to cost me over $200 a month after my insurance. I just can't afford that so I decided to go without it. And with the restrictions we are under as foster parents it's nearly impossible for me to get childcare to go to the doctor myself so I can't run to the doctor every two months in order to keep up with a prescription that needs to be refilled every three months.  So I decided to try a different doctor. This one actually explained to me that the powers that be are now classifying Lyrica as a narcotic. That means that you have to go in for a face-to-face office visit with your doctor to get your prescription written every three months. I guess the other doctor just figured since I was coming in every three months for that one that she would only write all my others for three months at a time as well. At this time in my life, I just can't do that. I have very little childcare. My husband takes off enough work as it is. He can't take off work just so I can constantly go to routine doctors' appointments for no reason other than bureaucracy. So I'm quitting the Lyrica too. I told her that we'll see how I do when the weather gets cold. I've been doing so much better since moving to this climate, losing so much weight and changing my diet habits. I'm still on the Topirimate to prevent migraines and nausea. And I'm still taking the Nortryptaline at night to help with sleep. So I'm kind of back to where I was before I was diagnosed with Fibro. I'm treating some of my symptoms and not taking the medications that actually prevent the problem. But this time it's not because I don't know what's wrong, it's because the medical field, pharmaceutical companies, insurance and government have made it difficult for us to get the treatment we need.