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    Hi All: After 3 1/2 years of being on 1200 mgs. of Gabepentin, narcotics and anti-depressant medication to address my chronic neuropathy, I am now at a Pain Clinic.  Drs. are trying to get my awful (UPMC Healthcare) insurance company to approve Lyrica.  Drs. tried to increase the Gabepentin; however, I swelled up like a balloon.  Drs. couldn't increase Lasix as my Potassium levels continue to an ...

    April 27, 2012 view discussion
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      Thanks for your response....honestly, sometimes I think I have more trouble from the insurance companies than I do the pain.  I worked in Human Resources for 30 years advocating for the employees who worked for our company.  I was the one who worked with the brokers negociating with the insurance companies.  Of course Blue Cross/Blue Shield was the best...expensive but not so intursive...Health America...

      April 23, 2012 view post
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        Dear Doctor Dan: I think I wrote to you previously...but I thought if I update you with my "progress", maybe you or my other friends could please come to my rescue! I was "managing" to live a somewhat normal life (for a person with chronic neuropathy) being medicated with 1200 mg of Gabapentin(600mg 2x daily), 10 mg of Oxicontin 2x a day, 40 mg of Celexa(at night)...I still had pain, I was still limited with drivin...

        April 23, 2012 view post
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          Jeanette: Wow....been there done that! Except I did not get any choices except who do you want as a surgeon...What!  I just came to the hospital cause my doctor sent me there for a severe stomache ache.  What surgeon do I want....that's like asking me who my attorney is!  Anyhow, lucky for me I worked in an HR department and has seen enough disability claims to know which was the best surgeon.  S...

          January 17, 2012 view post
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            Well after the nerve study indicated that I did not have neurophay, I met with the Nuerologist who informed me that he did believe that although the nerve study did not present any nerve damage, that I did in fact have neuropathy.  He insturcted me to continue to follow the current medication regimin I was on: 1200 mg. of Neurontin, 10 mg. of Oxicotin every 12 hours and 20 mg. of Celexa.  However, the pain ...

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            About mamalt

            Survivor, Patient
            Colon Cancer
            Cancer Treatments, Side Effects, Support, Cancer Diagnosis

            I am a 49 yr old colon cancer survivor. I found out about my stage 3 cancer in Sept. 08 when I was 48. I had a colostomy for 14 months/now reversed. 4 surgeries/6 months of chemo...and cancer free. Day before my PET scan..my husband 48 finds out he has prostrate cancer which required a radical remove. That's now done and he is also recovering. I have major issues with neurophothy, working now only 20hrs per week. Use to have a high level management position, now I do special project from home using my home computer. My husband and I consider ourselves lucky to have found our cancers now...our children will now be able to have testing done early in their lives and hopefully never have to endure what we have. However, we are survivors.

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