Need help getting dermatologist to help with psoriasis pain
December 26, 2012 5:36 PM Subscribe
Pain from psoriasis is very bad, hydrocodone does almost nothing, and my dermatologist disavows responsibility for helping.
posted by goofyfoot to health & fitness (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been approved for patient assistance for Humira and should get my first shipment this Friday. However, it takes a while for the drug to have an effect. Meanwhile I'm in a lot of pain.
My dermatologist's office, when I called Friday to ask for something other than the Vicodin prescribed (which seems to do nothing), said I should contact my primary care physician for pain meds.
PCP's office offered me an appointment for late next week (the office is closed this week), but aren't comfortable prescribing me meds when I haven't seen him for months, and have never seen him for psoriasis specifically.
PCP's office opined that it's odd that the dermatologist's office would refer me back, since derm is treating me for the condition. "Especially since you pay cash!"
I have no health insurance and pay cash for all doctor visits. I would really like to avoid the charity ER - I went once during the xmas season for pneumonia and waited for over 24 hours - but it's painful to walk, I'm having trouble getting to sleep, and can't concentrate.
My dermatologist's office will be open tomorrow. I have already left a message saying that I need different pain meds. A topical numbing agent is my ideal, but the Lidocain I've tried does nothing but sting. Of course I'm nervous that asking for something better/different than Vicodin might be seen as drug-seeking behavior, even though I have no history of that.
What can I can say tomorrow when the dermatologist's office phones back, to get them to prescribe something that will offer some relief?