I have been on oxycodone/ace Tylenol can't spell that big word sorry I have been taking 6-7 10/325 a day for nerve damage to my back an shoulder for 2 years. Burned 8 nerves in my upper left spine. Pain is always there an varies so I take one or two more than I should. An I run out an crash not only that I am scared I'll end up with liver damage or something. I wanna quite but the stupid pain is there an I do run out an I crash. I wanna get off them an want my old self back before my accident never taken pain meds before ever! An I want that life back! I am tired of depending on meds please any advice. I am on day one with out any. An if anyone could advise how long I'd be crashing for or being like this please tell me possibly how long till I am back to my old self.
Wade a couple of questions: First, who prescribes your pain meds? Is it a general practitioner/internist or a specialist? Reason being, if you want to change your life as it is now I believe you would be best with a neurosurgeon or a chronic pain specialists.
This way you could lay all your physical needs/aliments on the table and come up with a "reasonable" plan for your situation.
I too suffer from chronic pain therefore, I have a little bit of experience. No medical knowledge just experience.
First, if you really want to stop taking 6 or 7, 10/325 mg oxycodone pills a day you're going to have to make a big commitment to yourself.
Let the doctor work on a medical plan while you work towards a self-help program.
I know this sounds Corny but meditation is a wonderful distraction from pain. Find or try different self-help methods until you find something that works. For example, when my pain is bad I use deep breathing to elevate my anxiety. I also force myself to lightly exercise even though it's more painful at the time. By forcing myself to exercise I sleep better and I find I'm not as stiff as the day goes on. Another possibe option is to belong to a chronic pain group. It probably won't happen overnight but when you find a group you can relate to it will help more than you know.
Finally, by showing the doctor/specialist your self-help ideas, it will show the doctor's that you mean business and want to change.
Now it's up to the medical profession to add or change your medicines/therapy's as only they can.
Hope you're doing better soon!
First, I'm sorry to hear that you are in such pain. I too have chronic pain and am prescribed Oxycontin SR (Sustained Release) 40 mg bd (twice a day) and for breakthrough pain at present am on Oxynorm ('immediate' release i.e. about 30mins after taking it, lasts 4-6 hrs) 5 mg at midday and 10 mg per nocte (in the evening) due to two (2) chronic pain conditions, these being severe painful abdominal adhesions (a legacy of endometriosis and the surgeries for it, including a hysterectomy and latter adhesiolysis (adhesions-division and removal) surgeries), and have had this pain for many years. The other condition is more recent, being severe medial meniscus damage in my knees and osteoarthritis in both (and I'm allergic to NSAIDs, the standard treatment for osteo', unfortunately).
I understand the desire to get back to your old self before your accident. It sounds like you need to see your doctor and tell him or her exactly how bad the breakthrough pain is and how much it varies as well as the fact that you're so desperate for relief you end up taking extra meds and then run out and you want it sorted out. Hopefully, by being honest about how difficult you find your current situation, and letting the doctor know you want this remedies and genuinely want to somehow get your life back (as it was before your accident), the doctor will help you by working out a better pain management regime for you that works. You probably should have a pain specialist to be referred to or back to (assuming you're already connected with one) as they are the only ones who can really assess the situation compared to a general medical practitioner.
You may want to look into medication specifically for nerve damage. It can have some side-effects that don't make it right for everyone and as such I'm not taking it but you could possibly benefit from it. I'm not a doctor, so please don't take my suggestions as anything other than that. I'm just here to both learn and, if I can, try to help others in similar situations.
If you haven't yet attended a pain clinic, usually run at Hospitals and multi-disciplinary, then you should ask to. I've attended a few over the years and although not involved in one now, I did benefit from the borrowing of a TENS machine from the first one I attended. They often teach meditation, breathing techniques, and these can be helpful if you've no background in these. They help one deal with chronic pain to a certain extent, especially breakthrough pain and days when the pain is worse, and so it sounds like you could benefit from learning these.
Please see you doctor and be open as I mentioned above. I truly hope things improve for you, Wade1375, and my heart goes out to you. Best wishes, Zirnitra.
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