I am currently without health insurance. Only three months, but it hasn’t quite gone as smoothly as I had hoped. I take 6 prescriptions and get them all filled for 90 days by a mail-order service. This isn’t my favorite way to get my meds, but it is significantly cheaper. This service has a bad history of not getting my scripts filled in a timely manner. That’s what happened this last time I used the service. Three of my scripts are anti-depressants were ordered by my psychiatrist and came without a hitch. Luckily. I get two meds from my neurologist and these were submitted with plenty of time. I’d get my 90 day supply and make it through to July when I start getting medicare. No sweat, right? Wrong! Even though they had three weeks to fill them, only one arrived. A week passed and the second, Lyrica was still not filled. I got online and checked on it, and they said the pharmacist had a question and the doctor didn’t reply, and the request was cancelled! Yay. That’s the way to take care of people. I got online, requested the script be re-requested. At that time I also ordered a refill for my thyroid meds. They said the doctor would be contacted. I called to follow up, as nothing arrived and I was down to the last few days of my coverage. In the end, neither the Lyrica (a pain med) or the thyroid med was filled.
It’s been a week without Lyrica and I am feeling the lack quite significantly. The right side of my head is on fire and it feels like I’ve got an icepick in my right eye. If I pay cash for just 30 days of Lyrica at the local pharmacy, it costs $900, so I ordered some neurontin from Canada. Cost me $150 for 120 tabs. It will take far more of the neurontin to relieve the pain by 3:1. The only bad thing is the neurontin has yet to arrive. It may be another week before it comes. Meanwhile I am working on controlling my pain with meditation. I am able to take it from a 6 to a 3, which is manageable. But if I hit a ten before I get control, it’s nearly impossible to bring the pain level down much.
I am not exactly sure what going without levothyroxine will do, especially stopping suddenly. So I’ll just see if I can make the last 20 doses last me 5 weeks.
I looked into getting a 30 day supply of each from the manufacturer. But it would take longer to get that paperwork completed and involve a trip to two doctors in order to have a prescription written for them. It’s just easier to live without for a short time. I hope.
Lyrica is notorious for weight gain. Taking it on top of a low functioning thyroid and going through menopause it’s a wonder I don’t weigh more than I do. So I have to look at the positives–I have already lost 8 pounds and I only have 5 weeks before I am insured again.
I have always felt for those in the US without health care. Not health insurance. People don’t need insurance, just health care. This experience has made me even more sensitive to the lack of proper health care and easy access to medication. I’m glad I quit taking the Copaxone injections. Those run some $3500 per 30 day supply. Outrageous. These drug companies want our support, our tax money to do all their research, yet they don’t make the drugs accessible to everyone. That’s just wrong on so many levels.
I hope to be down 20 pounds before July and I get back on the Lyrica. At least something good will come of this experience. Plus I know the Lyrica really works.