I'd like to know how I can possibly attain a prescription while waiting for a pain mgmt doctor to find a regiment for me. I've been taking Norco 7.5/325 a strong case of bursitis in the shoulder for pain along with migraines etc. and I've tried to avoid, "Doctor Shopping" but it seems I can't get any respect, regardless. I truly benefit from the relief even if its isn't a cure. I live in South Carolina as well, so it's a conservative driven region quick to stereotype. I know there are much worse pain scenarios on here but this has cost me entirely too much money just seeking a prescription. I've also had really sharp lower back pains that occur not daily but when they do, I have to really just chill for a sec. Plus I'm caring for a stage IV cancer sick father who can't walk and I have to help in and out of the shower daily along with other tasks that just simply require heavy usage of my shoulder. I do have a little tolerance since I've been taken Norco tablets for about 3 months... what should I do? I'm really frustrated. I have a few other things, Tramadol, Naproxen, etc. to help but Norco just gets the job done with no question and can also be called in since it's Class III.
Living in the USA is living in a place quick to stereotype. Many many of us who have been treated with narcotics for years have been suddenly stopped. I know better then to tell you to go to the er, since they just treat us like addicts. Take naproxen daily, and the tramadol works best if you take it on a regular basis and not wait until you have an increase in pain. I take 100 mg every 6 hrs. Did you see an ortho doc for your shoulder? I had bursitis and all it took was a prednisone shot into the joint space. An ortho doc might write a script for you too. I'm in full sympathy with the sharp lower back pains, had them for the last 20 yrs. I'm a nurse who does heavy lifting so I know what you mean with that. If your dad is in hospice, you can have help come in to do his daily care like the showers and dressing. That might help with some of your pain.
I agree with kaismamas answer, but then I saw in your comment to her that you work out. Bursitis will not go away with exercise. In fact you are making it worse. I am surprised the ortho that gave you the shot didn't tell you this. It takes time for the bursa sacs to drain & the swelling to go down. I have this condition too for many many years. They always tell me rest that shoulder for a few days after the injection even tho' I get almost instant relief. If one shot doesn't help you should go back for another. They used to use these great big needles & put in right in the shoulder joint years ago, & it never helped me. I always ask for a silver bullet to bite on now,(ha ha) & I hardley feel the shot at all. My ortho puts it just under the back of the top of my shoulder. It has worked every time with rest following for a few days.
Oh, & another thing, don't massage the shoulder when it's inflamed It's one of the worse things you can do. Maybe a heating pad is all til you can get back in for another injection. Just a thought...
This wasn't sent to me until now-so much for DC updating. Seriously, you should try the ice pack for 15 minutes AFTER HELPING YOUR FATHER, AS IT WILL COUNTER ACT THE MUSCLE INFLAMMATION AND REDUCE THE FLUID THAT LEAKS FROM THE MUSCLE RUPTURE-THAT IS A BURSITIS.
Like I said before in a comment- no cost- no prescription-and I've found that doctors think better of you when you tell them things like putting a hot pack on your back, soaking in hot water before active-if possible to loosen up the muscles, then use an ice pack for 15 minutes as soon as possible after the stress of lifting your father. You can get a lot more respect from doctors by telling what non-medical things you do to try to control the pain-Also- ice packs are accepted medical treatment for sprains, strains, bursitis, phlebitis, etc.
Good luck-and bless you
It's unfair I agree because no one can judge or measure the amount of pain any one individual may feel in any circumstance or for any condition. That being said it is still likely you are being judged by the condition itself and the fact that normally bursitis though it takes time is very treatable without the heavy use of narcotic pain relievers. I am a chronic pain patient and was under the care of pain management. The first Dr. in the field that I saw was one who prescribed tramadol, vicodin etc. plus prescribed physical therapy which due to the fact I can't exercise with the injuries I have, consisted mostly of massage. Eventually when his course of treatment was not working, he sent me to more advanced pain management ie someone who could prescribe stronger narcotic pain relieve etc.
Eventually with my injuries proven to be permanent and because I had to drive an hour to pain management which was a difficulty, even my primary physician was willing to prescribe these meds. I believe it is because of my condition itself. They still can't measure my pain level but the condition is proven permanent and to be one which causes at least severe pain. Put your foot down and insist to be moved "up the doctor chain". To be taken seriously never turn down any type of offered possibilities for relief and even suggest some yourself especially diagnostic type testing. MRI, CT scan X-ray and any type labs they can think of. You may have an underlying condition and when we focus on one particular ailment - I have bursitis i'm in pain, that's all they look at and other possibilities go unchecked. Try I have SEVERE pain, i don't know what I did to it and though i have been diagnosed with bursitis, I know there has to be something more that is being missed because bursitis issues should have experienced relief by now. Don't go in with the attitude I have bursitis and its not better and you don't know what you are doing now give me pills. The other way shows you know they are right but maybe you failed to make clear some of your symptoms etc. I don't know for sure but I have friends who had problems simular to yours while I didn't. From the start I had a proactive attitude. I definately went in with the find it cure it attitude. I went out with all of my problems certain in diagnosis and with respect for wanting a solution if possible plus understanding and compassion when it was learned their would be no solution. I am not viewed as someone who is simply seeking pills.
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