I went back to my old doctor to see if she’d prescribe me Adderall. I figured there was a chance, since she was the one who initially prescribed it to me. But yeah, no. They now work within a network, and they no longer prescribe it.
Luckily, her rates are pretty good, and they actually offer a discount if you don’t have insurance or, in my case, your insurance doesn’t cover the doctor. In the end, I only paid $45 for a new patient visit. That’s only $5 more than a specialist visit. So it wasn’t much different from being turned down by another specialist.
The real question is what step to take next. I got the names of a few neurologists from the doctor. I’ll see if any of them are covered by our insurance. If not, I’ll contact my regular doctor and get some in-network names. But I’ll still keep the names on file. I mean, let’s face it, I’ll probably have to try multiple ones.
The other option is to try a different psychiatrist. Allegedly, some are comfortable prescribing this sort of thing. (The last neurologist suggested I ask for it for “excessive daytime sleepiness.”) But I think that most of them would avoid prescribing something for a non-mental condition.
All I know is that I’m going to keep trying. It’s not tenable to live like this forever.
I need to start exercising. It will give me more energy and get me to lose a few pounds. But I need more energy to actually exercise. A fun little Catch-22. Also, I’d love to be able to run more than 1-2 errands a day… on my good days.
I’d love to be able to hang out with people more without having to poop out after a couple of hours. When we went to trivia night last week, I had to chug Mountain Dew to keep the brain fog away. And it turns out that sleep is affected when you, say, drink four or five cups over the course of two hours then try to go to sleep an hour later.
I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to stay afloat for our friend’s Fourth of July party.
The issue, of course, is how to prove a negative. I think that the next time I book a neurologist’s appointment, I’m going to have to make sure I go do something every day for at least five days before the appointment. Hopefully, something exerting the last three days. Even then, I can’t guarantee that my body won’t be randomly fine while I’m at the appointment. And it’s not like I have an extended time to convince them.
They check your reflexes, hand strength, prick your toes to see if you feel it and a couple of other random things. The whole tests takes less than 10 minutes. So, yeah, I have to kind of be exhausted when I go in. Even then, I’ll pass most of those. So I guess I just need to look for a neurologist who isn’t beholden to an HMO to see if he or she will be a little more lenient in the diagnosis/prescription division.
Do you guys have trouble getting the medication you need? How do you deal with it?