I was in a really bad car wreck about 3 years ago. I rolled my suv and got thrown out the window head first. As I got thrown out the window my back hit the top of the door and when I landed I landed on my back. At first I could tell there was something wrong with my back but I didnt have insurance to go check it out. I still don't. I take aspirin and every other over there counter pain reliever but I still have problem. How can I go about askin for help from a doctor?
Well without insurance That is an issue all in itself I'm sure. I would call around to a few doctors offices and explain your situation with them. I'm sure you will find one willing to give you. A cash payment discount for the appointment. I would then explain to the doctor about your pain and I would think they would be willing to start you off on at least Vicodin or a muscle relaxer that would work much better tha an lot of the OTC drugs. When the doctor gives you the prescription be us to also mention to him/her that you don't have any insurance and hope that this resolves on its own and possibly the doctor will give you refills or office to give you a set fee for appointments. I know all doctors won't agree to that but my sister has done it and her doctor normally charges $60 a visit and they discount it to $30 as long as she pays the full $30 at the appointment time. Good luck to you and I hope this helps!
I think first of all you need to tell your doctor exactly what you have said here minus the oxycodone part. Usually if you go into a doctors office asking for pain meds the first answer you will get is a definate NO! They will surely think you are a drug seeker. Explain about the accident, & you are in terrific pain, & wonder what can be done. I am afraid before any doctor will prescribe pain meds, they are going to want to run tests like an MRI, which is quite expensive, to see why you are having pain problems in the first place. Pain drugs are really being scrutinized by the FDA, & in a lot of states here in the USA, a lot of regular doctors do not even write pain scripts anymore. You may have to go to a Pain Management Clinic.
Didn't you have car insurance at the time you rolled you SUV? It should have covered your injuries.But just the same that has been awhile ago & if you didn't report your injuries, it's probably too late anyway. I'm not trying to dissuade you in any way, but want you to know what you might be facing. Have you thought about maybe tryinmg to see a chiroprator? They are pretty darn good with back , shoulder, neck etc... & I believe most would take payments. It would be a better option than taking oxycodone anyway. You don't want to start a life of taking drugs when you don't even know what your injury is. Just my thoughts...
I have to agree with Mary here. It isn't just the FDA making things hard for docs to script pain meds, it's the DEA. Even as someone with chronic pain, I can see this myself right here on this board. There are a lot of people asking for pain meds. Some have sincere pain and others want them for emotional pain. Either way, you probably feel like so what, if they help you why not. Maybe you can't know the answer until you stay on them long term. Once you do, coming back is all but impossible. Being on opiates long term is a nightmare. Granted that if society didn't look down on it so badly it wouldn't be as bad. But the fact is long term opiate use causes some people to have certain mental problems. I'm just saying I can see why docs don't give them out easily. You will have to prove to the doc you have real injuries.
That will mean X Rays at the least and then Cat Scans, and finally a MRI. If nothing shows I doubt you will get any opioid pain meds. If you really need opiates you best get started with docs and getting known.
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