I have been suffering from some muscle pain in my neck for about 4 weeks now with no relief. It really started about 3 months ago but it would come and go. So I had been using generic Icy Hot, and taking either generic Aleve or Ibuprofen. Well, when I was so stoved up that I couldn't move my shoulders very good, or turn my head, and was in constant pain... I went to see my doctor. I am now in physical therapy, and on pain medication. I did use some of the pain pills last week, sure helped immensely with work and to get through the day. Today being my day off I went to the pharmacy to get my other pills that had to be ordered last week. Well, to my surprise, my doctor wrote me a prescription for pain patches as well. They were 50.00 for 30 patches. I damn near ended up in the hospital with a heart attack. Talk about a complete shock.
Upon pondering this prescription, and with my insurance the pills that I got for pain were only 5 dollars for the prescription. So, I guess that I am just perplexed with the price of those patches.
Well, as you can imagine... this was not an expense that I budgeted for. I am fine, I have money in my savings account, but I have come to the conclusion that my doctor and my pharmacy want me to be broke. When I go back to the doctor I will be sure to let her know what my insurance covers and what it does not cover for the prescriptions.
I guess the lesson that I have learned here is to ask more questions at both the doctors office and at the pharmacy. I really feel that if you can use a cheaper medication that works just as well, your pocketbook will thank you.
I really feel for my neighbors and friends without insurance.... I have a job and insurance and these prices are killing me financially.
The moral here is to take care of yourself, and try to stay in the best health possible. I have spent a fortune on medication and doctors and physical therapy appointments this month.
Have a Fabulous & Frugal Day!!!!