I am so sorry for getting back to you so late! Please forgive me! Since you sent me a reply over a week ago, I have been suffering from terrible migraines. They have been so bad that I can’t turn a light on in the apartment. What’s even worse, I can’t even watch TV or have any noise in the apartment. I felt so isolated, and my Dr is so afraid of his reputation that asking him for any additional meds right now will only bring another excuse or refusal! I am so tired of him. Ever since the opiates have been under investigation, he has become so afraid to prescribe anything for my chronic back and neck pain that he just won’t help me in any way. I am trying my best to find another Dr in the area, but so far as soon as they learn that I have been taking methadone for pain and oxycodone as my ‘break through’ medication, they refuse to see me. Although I have never been a heroin addict and have been taking the methadone and oxy’s for over fourteen years, they still think I am an addict. It’s awful to try to find some help and have the door closed immediately. I don’t really know what to do at this point.
I have previously applied for the Medical Marijuana card in Arizona and received one for this year, and I have been extremely selective about what I buy. So far only the eatables are tolerable. I too can’t stand the way inhaling mmj affects my mind. I tried it about 3 years ago when mmj was first approved in Arizona (I think it was about 3 years ago) and I can’t stand the effect that it has on my mind. Of course, I will not drive even when I use the eatables, but really being confined in the apartment is not healthy for me. I am so sorry to hear about your comment about the firearm licensing and the medical marijuana card. Truly I am sorry!
What I wanted to send you is the information regarding the acupuncture clinics that I have found in Tucson. I sincerely hope one or both of them can help you. I have been going to the Tucson Acupuncture Co-op for over a year now and am getting some relief from the chronic pain. The acupuncture treatments gives me about 10 hours of relief and have helped me to cut down on the methadone tablets that I take every day. I have hope that eventually, I can stop the methadone and oxycodone but that is still in the future. So far, I have been able to reduce the methadone from 120 mg/day to 30 mg/day and the oxycodone from 80 mg/day to 10 mg/day. It is hopeful that, if I can continue to afford the acupuncture that I can stop the pain meds totally. I survive from my SSDI income but by the time I pay for rent, utilities, groceries, and insulin, not much is left over for anything.
Both of the clinics that follow have a sliding scale. There is no proof of income required, they both trust in the integrity of their patients. The Tucson Acupuncture Co-op has a sliding scale of $15 to $30 per treatment. There is a one time paperwork fee of $10 for the first treatment. After that, for example, I only pay $15 per treatment. The treatments are the same for the patient who pays $15 or $30 for a treatment. I have listed the url for you so you can check them out. The Tucson Acupuncture Co-op is part of the Backyard Healthcare Project: Either url should get you to their website. You can also find them on the Groupon Website. In the search area just type acupuncture treatments and I believe you will find them. Usually, I see Josh or Brent for my treatments, however, Ellen and Whitney are both competent as well.
Tucson Acupuncture Co-op
204 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85705
Additionally there is another Acupuncture clinic that is nearby that I am going to check out. Sometimes I think it is good to have a different approach to acupuncture so in a few days, I am going to try the Gathering Point Acupuncture Treatment clinic. Instead of using recliners for the acupuncture treatments, they use a massage table. My hope is that Michelle might be able to use a couple of different acupuncture points to help the chronic pain I suffer from. Also on some days, the Gathering Point Acupuncture clinic has hours that better fit into my schedule. I can let you know how things work out there, after the Thanksgiving Holiday. I believe that through the month of November, Tucson Acupuncture Co-op is offering a special for Veterans.
The Gathering Point Acupuncture
1927 E Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85719
I pray that one or both of these clinics can give you some relief. If you need any further information about these two sites, please contact me and I will do my best to help you out. I do know that most of the other acupuncture clinics in Tucson and Oro Valley have insane prices. For example two of the clinics I called wanted $180 for the first visit, and then $90 for each additional visit. I usually try to get in for four treatments a week. If I had enough energy and could fight off the pain, I would try to go five or six times a week, but it’s too hard for me to attempt so many treatments.
I wish you all the Best in your efforts!