I have suffered from chronic pain in my neck and shoulder after four nerves in my neck and shoulder area were permanently damaged. Immediately after I was diagnosed with nerve damage I was put on narcotic pain killers to dull my pain and I have become addicted to percocet. I have decided to check myself into rehab, but for insurance purposes I must get a referral from my doctor, and I am SO scared to admit to my abuse of the medication he has been prescribing me... Can anyone recommend how to go about breaking the news to him, or just words of encouragement for a very terrified young adult that is about to enter rehab? Any help would be much appreciated
10 Apr 2012
Are you sure that you are truly addicted? Are you losing control over the amount of medication you take? Are you unable to taper down? If yes, then just be honest! A Dr should have respect for a person who can admit to themselves and their Dr that they realize they have a problem. Just tell him that you have been using these for pain but more and more you are feeling that you are losing control and now realize they have become more of a problem than a help and tell him that you want help getting off them so you have talked to a rehabilitation center but you need a referral for your insurance to take care of the bill. He may ask questions to be sure that you are truly addicted and not just dependent because everyone who is on pain pills, for a long period of time, becomes dependent. Withdrawal is not a criteria for addiction.
Addiction is loss of control over ones use, spending inordinant amounts of time obtaining and using your drug of choice, obsession and cravings, using the drug in spite of harm and letting your personal life or work suffer because of your use. If you are having troubles like these, then you do indeed need help to overcome addiction. If not, then perhaps all you need is to have your Dr taper you down off them if you feel you can do it. Good Luck!
11 Apr 2012
Yes forget the rehab. It doesn't work for most people anyway. Go find yourself a good Suboxoe/ Subutex Doctor it is safe
Cofidential and works to detox you from painkillers but it also helps with pain. Never been a better antidote for people addicted to regular painkillers. Got any questions, write me been on it 2 years
24 Apr 2012
After reading this whole string I am more interested in how you are doing right now. Have you spoken with your doctor??? How did that go??? Perhaps you are in rehab at this moment or are seeking another doctor... not sure on this one.
I also want to assure you that needing medication to help alleviating pain doesn't translate into an addiction. There is a big difference between being "addicted" and being "dependent" on meds.
I am on so much pain medication that it would knock a horse over. I have had people tell me that I am addicted just because I take what I do. What I have learned from this experience is to keep my mouth shut!!! I don't take anything on a schedule and sometimes I forget altogether. My doctor assures me that I don't even show the tendency toward addiction. He tells me that his patients who have problems... actually "look" like they have problems and don't cope well and usually are agitated and overly anxious. I just don't have any of that.
I am wondering if you are thinking too much about this addiction thing. Perhaps you just need different pain meds because you are not being well managed. That would be a great conversation to have with your doctor, what do you think??? Just because you are doing what you are doing doesn't mean you are addicted... how about you are just in that much pain??? And, you need to be able to tell your doctor without fear... A good doctor knows how to adjust meds and do the best thing by the patient. If you feel this doctor isn't doing the best thing for you... find another doctor.
I have been through quite a few doctors because of my own person belief that I want to take medication when I need it and not on a schedule so that I don't know if and where my pain is coming from. In other words, I chose not to allow myself to get all doped up so that I couldn't even drive to the doctor in the first place! I had that happen with one doctor I saw and then I got myself off those drugs and went somewhere else. Oxycontin was the worse and I hated it. No problem taking myself off of it either. That doctor was a freaking pill pusher and I hated that!
I hope you will continue to post and let us know how you are doing. It sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders and good support in your off-line life. I wish you the very best on your journey and wish you peace and joy in your world. It can be found... seek it and you will find it. Whatever works for you and also brings you that sense of well being... that is it.
8 Jun 2012
Hi sl0vak88- I so completely understand what you are going through. I have a horrible disc problem in my lumbar area. Not only is it debilitating, it is embarrassing- if I stand up straight, I have shooting pains/tingling down my leg,and can't walk. I am a professional, have meetings to attend, etc, and I feel like such a loser when I come hobbling in to these meetings. I have had steroid shots, they help for a time, but then it comes back. And so, enter opiod pain meds. I, too, take more than I should. I have used every excuse in the book to get meds early- I am going out of town, etc... and the thing is, I am not selling or using more to get "high". I think I have a physical dependence- I take one, and it doesn't do anything, so I take another, and then I have relief. So, for the first few weeks, all is good- I have no pain, I can function, work, do my daily tasks... but, then, it gets towards the end of the month, and I am in full-blown panic mode.
It literally governs my activities- can I go out of town with my sister to that bed and breakfast, knowing I will have almost no meds??? I feel so unbelievably pathetic. The last two weeks of the month, it is the defining thought for every moment I am awake. And every month, I swear when I get my prescription I will cut back in the beginning, but then I get up, try to get ready for work, have excruciating pain shooting down my leg, so I take one pill, wait to see if it helps, then take another. The 2nd pill usually loosens my leg up, I get ready for work, and then all of a sudden it's 3 weeks into my prescription, and I am running very low. (Of course, every month I promise myself I won't take too many, but then I start my day, need double my dose, and so it goes... )
SO- point being- I have also been trying to decide if I should say something to my doctor. I wish I knew the right answer to this. I have read posts that say, they told the truth, and their doctor was cool about it. But then, I read other posts that say, they mentioned it to their doctor, and he/she cut them off, because they violated the narcotic contract by taking more meds than were prescribed. Thing is, I am a working professional, who looks presentable, etc... but I am SO afraid to tell my doc the truth!!! I know that it could be a good thing, but in the long run, I am not sure if telling the truth is worth it or not. I realize that I am not answering your question, but I wanted you to know that you are not the only one in this situation. I see it's been a few months since you posted, I would love to know how everything turned out for you. My prayers are up for you, that everything is ok. This is a terribly bumpy road we are all on-good wishes to you, that it turned out ok. Let us know how it went, how you handled it, if you told your doc the whole situation, etc... take care...
12 Jun 2012
In 2007 I had 3 cervical discs removed and fused. Instead of being out of pain, my fibro kicked in full force. I have been on narcotic pain medication ever since. Am I addicted? NO! Am I dependent on them? YES. And that is nothing to be ashamed of. I didn't ask for this to happen. I'm not out on the streets buying narcotics or going from one dr to the next trying to get more. I work with my drs who I trust. I've had to increase the strength. I've also tried to go down in strength but it didn't work. I've been told I may be on them for life. You need to be honest with your dr about your pain and that you've had to take more than prescribed at times. If you have a good dr they should work with you. Mine did.
17 Sep 2013
You shouldnt have to tell your doctor, or for that matter your insurance as well as the rehab facility HAVE NO RIGHT to inform anyone. Praise Jesus we still have "HIPPA", it allows us (people) to keep their medical history PRIVATE. You have to give permission (signature), for anyone to share information. Dont worry about it.
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