Female | 62 years old
Complaint duration: Two years
Medications: Effexor Horizant ropinerole simvastatin 1 xanax per day singulair Levothyroxine ziac
Conditions: Fibro osteo spinal stenosis severe restless legs
However there are medications that treat severe spinal stenosis pain and anxiety the tough part is balancing the sedative part of combining these meds
Mental health provider who can communicate with pain Mgmt dr and use of combined skills for best outcome
Hope that is helpful
Please remember I am a psychologist, so I can't address medical treatment matters. Also, this reply is for information only and does not constitute treatment.
It sounds like moving to a new location has posed serious challenges to connecting with medical professionals and getting effective treatment for your fibromyalgia. Based on the title of your question, it seems that anxiety and depression are also part of the challenges you are trying to manage and treat.
You may want to consider looking for a psychologist or other therapist that specializes in Health Psychology and therapy. These therapists often have specialized training in medical issues and the mental health concerns that tend to go along with them. These therapists may also be able to suggest medical doctors they are familiar with, who can provide integrated care for your medical conditions.
Each state has a psychological professional association. The Florida state association's member search directory is found here: http://flapsych.site-ym.com/search/. Given that Florida is a very large and populous state, there may be local associations (central, south, north, panhandle, etc). Local associations also usually have directories of members and may include information on specialties (like health psychology). Have a look at the state directory for providers near you. Even if you don't want to see a therapist/psychologist, they may be able to recommend a medical doctor to meet your pain management needs.
Welcome and good luck with your search for effective treatment,
Todd Koser, Psy.D.
NJ & PA Licensed Psychologist
Regarding Cannabis (which could be useful for you), it would be necessary find a doctor who will prescribe it for medical usage (if that option is available in your state).
I hope that you can soon find some support and relief.
My response to you was for California.
Call your health insurance Co and ask them for a referral list from their doctors in psychopharmacology.
I hope this was helpful.
Good luck and God bless
Brandi Buchanan, PhD
First and most importantly get off the Xanax! This is most one of the worst and most addictive drugs. Xanax is only effective for 4hours max. If you need a benzodiazepine there are much more effective ones then Xanax.
With the war on addiction which we are facing doctors are under pressure from the government and other regulations to try everything else before pain medication.
I see they have not tried Neurontin. This would be a question you should discuss with your physician. If your primary does not wish to prescribe you pain meds, you may need to find a pain specialist to handle that.
I understand your frustration and wish there were a quick fix, but I am sorry to say this is the reality we live with today.
I deal mainly with people dealing with anxiety and panic disorders, and rape survivors.
I would be happy to work with you on your anxiety, if you need to get that under control.
I am sorry I can not help you with all of your issues your dealing with, and am sad to say it is the way the world is head at this time.
If you have further questions feel free to contact me.
Dr. Jacqueline Davitt