... oxycondone 10Mg 3 X a day. Next they went to the patches all the way from 25s to 75s with some help, but the VA will not give you anything for break through pain. I went to a private pain doctor and he gave me the 75 patch and 1 - 10mg oxy a day for break through pain which did no good so we went back to his max on pills 1 - 10mg oxy every 8 hours (same as VA) I am a Vietnam vet who got shot near the spine so the pain gets bad. The doctors said no more operations. Anyone have any opinons on what to do as all the doctors around here have the same plan..learn to deal with the pain. I have never taken my meds any way except the way the doctors have told me also never ran out early or anything like that
I feel so bad for you. I have bak problems but nowhere near yours. Are you taking anything for anxiety or sleep or a muscle relaxer? I have added Ativan and now a muscle relaxer to my pain meds with good results. Just an idea. They make you a little sleepy but they do help. Hope you find some relief soon.
I am so sorry that you are having to go through such pain! I also want to thank you for your service! My uncle was in Special Forces in Vietnam and he refuses to talk about it even now. I know he struggles with PTSD and nightmares. I also have a brother in law who was a Marine in Vietnam and if he has surgery, he has to have an officer with him during surgery in case he says something top secret while under (he was a career Army man after he got out of the Marines after the war and he was high up there in authority) and also his wife in case he comes out fighting-she is the only one who can calm him down. I also had a very good friend who was in the Army in Vietnam. He had PTSD really bad. They used to have him on Valium but he hardly ever took it. I agree about the VA. It is funny.
Sometimes they want to medicate the crap out of those who dont need it and then those who do need it cant get it! I never have been able to figure that one out! Unfortunately, you hit on it about Florida-it is surprising you can even get pain management after all the pill mill mess that went on. That is a great part of the reason for feelings about opioid therapy these days. The actions of a minority who totally abused the system to divert drugs and made huge amounts of money and this is all the media wants to focus on so that the general public thinks if you take any pain meds your are automatically a drug addict. They never show the millions of people who are helped by opioids and able to be out of bed or a wheelchair because the medication allows them to live a more normal life. The majority of people on meds for chronic pain do NOT abuse their meds! We are too afraid we might not have them at some point! The media would never tell you that though-it is muh more dramatic to tell about kids abusing Oxycontin and mixing them with benzos and alcohol then calling it a death from Oxycontin even though the Oxy was the least of what they had in their blood! I'm very passionate about this and it makes me want to spit nails! You are not on a very high dose of meds. You are on a lot less than I am and you are probably in worse shape! It is a crying shame that someone like you should have to suffer!!! If you can, you should write your Congressmen and Representatives even your Governer and the President and tell them your story! We need to let people in power know what these rulings are doing to legitimate patients. As being someone who bravely served your country, you shouldnt have to live in pain and not be able to do what other people take for granted. Having no quality of life is no way for anyone to live. My last PM Dr group decided to reduce EVERYONE at the clinic regardless of diagnosis, to get them off their opioids. I was in misery for months until I found my current Dr who is a treasure! He truly cares and is a wonderful attentive Dr. But I am still scared something will happen. He will decide to stop his pain practice or move out of town or whatever! It is my greatest fear (well, after something happening to my kids, that is) If you could have the patch AND the pills, you would probably be more comfortable. I think if I lived in Florida or Washington State, I'd move I really think that we need to make an awareness campaign out of this! Write any politician you can think of an tell them your story! It is the only way to get the word out. The politicians hear plenty from the parents and family members of people who were abusing Oxycontin! Like it is the drugs fault. They cant accept that their loved one was abusing this crap! Anyone should know that something bad is going to happen when you defeat time release mechanisms to snort and shoot high doses of medications! That is NOT the fault of the drug! Sorry, I am on a rant and that doesnt help you. Short of moving, the only thing you can do is be a squeaky wheel. If you can, keep a log of when you take your pain meds and how you feel throughout the day listing the activities that you would like to do but cant and bring this to your Drs so they can get a glimpse inside what it is like in your life. Showing that you cannot perform simple activities of daily living is important! If you cant cook, keep house, drive, sleep, get dressed, take a bath or shower because of pain, these are all things to list. A Dr has to document to cover his a$$. If he can prove to anyone who would happen to review his charts that he has good reason to medicate you then that is what you need to provide. There are pain diaries and online tools on many websites. Try the American Chronic Pain Association, www.paintopics.org is a good resource for pain advocacy, www.inthefaceofpain.com will send you their Handbook for People with Pain which has a lot of good tools (or if you can, you can download and print-I cant print from my computer so I asked them to mail one and they did) and it is a nice resource. Good Luck! I hope you can find the relief you deserve and I'd be more than happy to talk if you even need someone!
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