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#1 Sy & Jessica

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

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My Name is Sy and My wife is Jessica, we have four beautiful children 3 daughters and one little man!!! We will be moving to Cozumel on 2-2-2013. We are looking forward to a MUCH SLOWER PACE OF LIFE!!!! I have GBD in my l5, l4, and l3 disc in my back and need time to heal and want a break from all of the crazy fastness of what some call a life in the USA....

I have not lived in Cozumel in over 20 years and I am so looking forward to coming back to a place I loved to call home!!! We have already leased a house on the island and are looking forward to getting there, lol... I know I have already said that but we are so excited...

I have owned several business in the states and dealt with Design and interior decorating and my wife is a nurse. We would love to hear from everyone that has children and do not have children to see what all think about the Island and what are the best things to do and best places to go... We love adventures and think this one is going to be great too....

Also, on another topic can any of you tell me if yo know of any really good back doctors either there or on the main land... I would enjoy hearing from you and your thoughts on this matter... I have heard there are several good ones and just need added info if any of you have this info to share with me... I have had this back issue for over 12 years and it has really taken its toll on my physical and mental health, with the chronic pain.

Hence the reason we are moving to Cozumel, the doctors hear just want to do surgery and I feel I am to young to do this and have HEARD some very BAD, BAD, BAD, stories too.... So, trying to see what else I can do before having to go under that VERY LARGE LIFE altering Knife!!!!

Look Forward to hearing from you all,

Sy and Jess and of course Family!!!!!!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

We have been here three months, still waiting for time to slow down. It does but it is still living. Sunday night in the public square across from the flag you will see families walking about. Kids blowing bubbles and playing with their toys. Almost all got bicycles or tricycles or two wheeled skate boards. Neat to watch the interactions between the kids and adults is fun to watch.
What we do see here is a simpler life. Some people compare it to the US in the 50s or 60s. I am inclined to agree as the general populace is not well off and the way they keep themselves occupied is cool.
Just touching the surface here but getting ready to watch the Broncos so off we go
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:48 PM

Thank you Hillbilly,

We love simple and want it that way to for us and our children!!!!!
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:23 PM

I have great empathy for your situation. Cozumel has changed quite a bit in the last 20 years, from the outside as well as underneath. For someone who experiences chronic pain, (IN MY HUMBLE PERSONAL OPINION AS SOMEONE WITH CHRONIC PAIN) Mexico is a terrible place to be. Are you sure you are really experiencing pain? Have you tried taking a very, very strong pain medication like Tylenol? Since acetaminophen is so strong, it's best to only take when really needed and no more than half a tablet (250mg) every 12 hours! For those who miss my sarcasm, that has been the medical advice I have personally received.

You would probably need to travel to Merida for the attention of any specialists. It might well be worth the investment as you could get very different treatment options worthy of consideration. Merida is a four hour bus ride or air connections via Mayair changing planes in Cancun. Neither is a particularly friendly option with back pain.

If you take any NSAIDs, you might consider bringing a supply, although widely available, they tend to be more expensive than in the States, especially for any of the more specialized forms like gel caps. We have long brought NSAIDs, antihistamines and vitamins and/or mineral supplements as they are generally better and more economical in the States. All other medications we might purchase in bulk while in Mexico to return to the States.

I certainly hope you are not expecting a pain management doctor or are in need of normal, stronger (opiate based) pain medication. In practical reality, these don't exist in Mexico although I have not personally investigated all possibilities in Merida. I have found those with chronic pain management conditions to be quite surprised to the near complete void of most typical pain management medications. Trust me I have investigated the situation and communicated with others. Just for an example: in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, metro population of approx. 5 million, there were three pain management specialists, BUT there was only ONE drug store properly licensed to carry opiate related medications like hydrocodone.

One strong suggestion, learn the language, culture and history. Even being minimally conversational can open up a whole world in Cozumel that still exists. Unfortunately, fewer people today than 20 years ago, embrace the culture and respect the traditional manner of life.
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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:37 PM

I have to agree with Charles and was also concerned about your chronic pain and how it would be managed down here. There are very few pain management drugs available -- even if you could get a doc to provide you with a scrip. And the OTC's like ibupropen cost about 3 times what they do in the US.

I'm also pretty sure you won't find any back specialist worth their salt closer than Merida. Star Medica in Merida , as I understand it, has world-class specialists and a world-class facility. And bargain prices by US standards And some of the docs even speak English. But don't count on it.

The trip to Merida isn't bad at all as you can go by first class, AC'd bus and it is very inexpensive. Maya Air is also inexpensive but it's a pretty barebones operation with an uncomfortable waiting room and old turboprop planes. Ferry and bus would be more comfortable for you, I expect. Regular AC bus for the 1 hour trip to Cancun then switch to the fancy first class bus, the UNO for the trip from Cancun to Merida.

This is not a part of the world I would seek out if I had specialized health issues. But if you want to give it a shot, bring a ton of your own pain meds from the states with you.
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:10 PM

Things have changed here. We have very excellent massage and physical therapy available.

Sometimes it is all about the place, and taking advantage of what your senses say you need.

It's a another kind of drug, a health one.
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Posted 13 January 2013 - 03:35 PM

Yes, there's a very good physical therapist up on the corner of 30 y 7. Maybe she would do the trick. Back specialists here? Nupe. Seriously effective prescription medications for handling pain here? Nupe.

I maintain -- if you have chronic pain, bring your drugs with you from the states and bring a scrip to show you're not hauling them down here to sell on the very off chance they look at them and ask you about them at customs coming in.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:44 AM

Seriously effective prescription medications for handling pain here? Nupe.


It's all relative. Tramadol is a controlled substance in most of the US but available over-the-counter in Mexico. It's a mu receptor agonist, which basically means it binds to and activates the same receptor as morphine. It's pretty good for moderately severe pain and is generally much more appropriate for ongoing use than opioids.

Sinergix, a combination of ketorolac (a powerful NSAID) and tramadol, was very effective for my wife's acute fracture pain.
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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

Good info to have, Doc. Thanks

However, only two pain meds of any substance? http://www.drugs.com...ition/pain.html Lists quite a few prescription pain meds available in the US with reviews from people who have taken them. Tramadol works for some people and has unacceptable side effects for others or isn't strong enough. So if you're one of these people and you have chronic pain you are trying to manage, as I said, bring your own supply of what works if you are coming here to visit or live.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:30 PM

I am curious. Why are the pain meds so unavailable and what do they do for acute pain post op or say after a traumatic injury?
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:00 PM

I get Tylox, which is Tylenol 3 with codein. My Seguro Popular Dr writes the RX and I purchase it at Dori's. It works almost as well as my Oxycodone that I get from the States and is a good substitute when I have to wait for my medicines to be brought to me. Others available by RX sometimes special order or on the mainland are; Oxicodona [Oxycontin] is available in Mexico, by prescription only, as PLEXICODIM ,
Now, as for neurological pan, a wonderful medication is LYRICA. It is available here in Mexico WITHOUT prescription, hidromorfona, and Enbrel. Toradol is also available which many US doctors use to increase the effectiveness of other pain meds, it is also OK for minor to worse pain by itself. Injections work better than pills.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:10 AM

Did I understand correctly in your post that Enbrel is available in Mexico without a prescription? Just curious about the cost of it there if it is available without a prescription.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

Well,

I am very glad to see everyone's comments here and the information is helping me a lot too... I have had this back issue for over 12 years now and it has just gotten worse and worse throughout the years and the weather plays a very heavy role with me too (ice storms here for the past two days) this was not a good situation either..

I am glad to see that you can get Tramadol is available without a prescription... My docs here treat me like a test rat and it has gotten so very disappointing too, I pay them good money and they don't do anything anymore other than trying to keep switching drugs on me. Lets try this and lets try that and this is just NUTS!!!!!

So, I am in HIGH hopes I can see a few GOOD docs down there and then with being able to RELAX, I will be able to maybe do some healing too!!!!

Just on a note, this is what I have had to take in the last few years:
Vicodine
Tramadol
Toradol (hate the injections)
Tylenol 3
Oxycontin
well you get the point when it comes to pain meds!!!!

Muscle relaxers:
Soma
Flexaril (flexaril works the best for my situation)

Any and all information is very helpful to me and I thank you all!!! Counting it down and now we are only, 14 days away!!!!

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

WOW!!!

Thank you so much Charles for all of this information.... Yes, trust me when I say I KNOW WHAT PAIN IS!!!!

I have had several MRI's and Cat Scans for this problem, and seen so many doctors and specs is not even funny...

I have heard of another friend of mine speaking about Merida too.. So, I have been searching all I can from here and plan on getting on top of it when I arrive in a few weeks too...

Again all info is very helpful too...

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

Carey,

Thank you so much for this info too, I just worry about bringing any types of scripts there, Can anyone tell me what I can legally bring over and under the counter???

Thank you!!

Sy

Also, going to check this place out in Merida today will look at what I can from here and contact who I can and then will make a trip there once we arrive..
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:28 PM

Flexeril is available without RX. Not sure about the Enbrel, if it needs RX or not. Best people to check with is Dori Drug Store, they also sometimes special order with RX.
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:22 AM

I find it so interesting that you can get Tramadol and Flexril with out a script... That just really amazes me, Can anyone tell me what the cost of these two items are on the island???

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

Haven't checked prices for you. I have a partial box of Sinergix here from when I fractured my pelvis. That's 25mg Tramadol + 10mg Ketorolaco - 10 caps. Cost 66 pesos.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:37 AM

Haven't checked prices for you. I have a partial box of Sinergix here from when I fractured my pelvis. That's 25mg Tramadol + 10mg Ketorolaco - 10 caps. Cost 66 pesos.


DebB,

Awesome, thanks so much for the information!!!

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:13 PM

Flexeril 100 10mg tablets $28 usd at YAZ just bought some as I was leaving last week.
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