Monday, January 14, 2008

Back to Speed 

The appeals process is over. The verdict has been handed down. My insurance will NOT cover my Provigil drug prescription. Provigil is not a speed drug, how it works is not entirely known but it's not an amphetamine drug. I am desperate to avoid amphetamines but amphetamines are cheaper to produce than the ingredients in Provigil despite the fact that they are less addictive and have less lethal effects on the liver (the decision has nothing to do with efficacy and everything to do with cost). Provigil has been proven to be effective to relieve the effects of MS related fatigue however Healthpartners will NOT cover it!!!! unless you have narcolepsy. Even after trying all the other speed type drugs out there and having little success with them I am flat out being denied. For all you thousands of people out there with Multiple Sclerosis here is a word of advice - do not go to Healthpartners for your medical insurance coverage if you have fatigue. They will fuck you coming and going.

Since I have exhausted almost all of my options my neurologist has suggested I try yet another speed type drug called Cylert which is a type of amphetamine. My livelihood depends on my being awake and alert so I don't have much choice in the matter. I'm afraid that I'll suffer the same side effects as the others have caused, like Ritalin. I became manic, angry, edgy and eventually stopped eating. I barely recognized myself when I was on it. I didn't like what it did to me. Time will tell.

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