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In my continued problems with insurance I've gotten into the position where I think I have insurance but I don't know what it is or the formulary or what I'm supposed to pay for it.  Which is seriously screwing me up

I ran down to the last tablets (Ambien CR) and went to the Pharmacy I use and sked them to do a refill (Its one of those drugs that needs a new script every month)  I waited and waited an they called to tell me "Your refill was rejected we are asking your doctor to do a prior authorization"  that went no where until I called them and they asked me if I had tried Meletonin, trazadone and all the other junk that never worked for me.  So... more waiting.  I called to explain I was really out now and if Ambien was just not allowed "maybe" asm gdoc about  Hydrozyzone Pamoate as I had taken that once  with some kind of pain pill and one or the other was good for 4 hours.  They get that oked right away and it worked sort of.  It put me out like a light and for the next 24 hours I was walking around like I was vegged out.    If your in pain from surgery and on some kind of narcotics I guess adding this helps with pain relief and it certainly in my case makes sleeping all day possible.

So while taking this I start having dreams (I rarely have dreams that I can remember) I can remember (And waking up a couple times every night)  I wake on once to see photographic detailed pictures of things from my life.   Like my friends old guitar *Or at least a cracked "photo" where I could see a corner of it.  The old old time sink from  a place I lived (Like the old kind from 1930s or 40s) and I had this feeling that I had my eyes open a crack.  So I wove my hand in front of my face.   Nothing.  I opened my eyes a little and their is my hand waving around and all the pictures just blink off.  

Closing my eyes didn't bring them back. 

How werid is this?  Has anyone heard of this happening?

The end of the story is my Dr got them to send the Ambien and I'm back to just taking one and being dead to the world for 7 hours.   I got this weird notice filled with double talk and explaining that I may or may not be covered and that the date I was covered was this to then and no idea who or what the "insurance is"   Can someone PLEASE give the healthcare system an enema?



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I couldn't afford Generic Ambien so not knowing what to do I asked the Pharmacy to pass a note to GDoc and asked her to let me try Vistaril for sleeping.  Its a drug I used once for post op pain (One of its features is that it makes opiates act stronger)  but its also supposed to induce sleep.  So I tried that (Kept the last couple Ambien stashed) and slept for like an hour, awake for a couple minutes, slept and hour and repeat.  The next day I was sleepy and bumping into things.  Before they canceled my insurance (Without any notice or reason) I got one refill of the Ambien which is again running out.  I've been on the phone talking to these goons at the state run insurance insane asylum until I had to quietly thank them and say goodbye so I could hang up and take a chill pill.   I'm really unclear if anything is every going to get done and at this point its have a stroke from trying to talk to these chuckleheads or just give up.  So I'm pretty bad.  I didn't want to mash the phone into small pieces to I thought it was a perfect time to check out the Wonderful world of Benzos.   And in this case felt the almost instant super weak relief and short term effect of my minidose of Xanax wasn't going to hack it.  So I dug around and found a bottle with the last two blue Valiums from my previous prescription.   *Note after not using Valium for many months taking one of the last two 10 mg tablets has a stronger effect then one might imagine.   My SO called the neighbor because she couldn't wake me up and I apparently was bumping into things before falling asleep.  I woke up with the neighbor (A nurse) asking me if I was ok to which I very surprised said, "yes.... why do you ask?"  Anyway had a very nice talk about our mutual horror stories with Insurance.  The desire to hang up a phone over and over until its smashed to pieces and so on.  She said if I wanted to start drinking we could do that but maybe wait until the next day.   *I opted out of that.   So pondering asking GP if I can crank up the Xanax dose so it has a noticeable effect or just ask to go back on the Valium?   Or of course join the neighbor for a bottle of Gin (Not!)


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Call these people to see if they can help. Seriously.


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