... sciatic nerve pain.I have no life due to the pain. I dont go out of the house except for md.appts. I live with sister/brother- law. They are good to me. Without them I would bet homeless. It is even difficult to take care of my self. I have hard time taking showers, rolling my hair, and putting on make-up. I recently had shoulder surgery and I am dealing with that pain as well. 3months ago I broke my foot. My question is life worth living in this condition? I can barely walk and stand for short times. No surgery is available for me as md said it would be life threatening for me. I sit all day in a chair watching tv and sometimes getting on computer. I don't know if I can go on this way much longer. Quantity versus quality?? I have a very high tolerance to pain meds and most md don't want to give me what i need to help with pain. Just started in pain management and put on 30 mg morphine 3x's a day, But need something for break-thru pain. I have hep. C and only 1 kidney. So I can't take any nsaids. If anyone going thru this, PLEASE write back. I am at my "wits end". I am 49 yrs old.. I also have a very high tolerance to pain meds. The md's don't like to prescribe for me because I need such strong meds. Quantity vs. Quality is guess. The only joy i have in life are my dogs. My 2 sons 18 and 25yrs old and are too busy to see me. That hurts a lot!!! Really feel like is it worth living or not. Chronic pain is ruining my life. I don't have a life anymore. How much longer can i go on.? I believe there is nothing wrong with suicide if the quality of life is poor. PLEASE answer with any advice. Thank you all so very much!!!
Please do not give up hope. I can't say what drug maybe best for you because you have extenuating circumstances like the Hep. C and one kidney. Only your attending physician can do that appropriately.
But I can say that life is worth living and you must not give up the fight. There is a plan for you, as God is my witness, and there is a way for you to be in minimal pain if not pain free. Can you take medications such as antidepressants? Cymbalta may be a possibility as it has antidepressant properties and reduces nerve pain. Another possibility is Neurontin, again it can help with nerve pain and mood. Just some suggestions for you to talk to the doctor about.
Other suggestions for break through pain might include oxycodone, Actiq or Fentora since you are already on an opoid type pain reliever. Again, these are just suggestions and may not be possible given your particular conditions.
Please hang in there and post again soon. There are some great people on this site who are very supportive. I'm praying for you and wishing you the very best,
I am so sorry to hear about what is going on. It sounds like you have had a rough time, but it also sounds like you have some people that care about you. Unfortunatly, I am no well versed in your conditions. So I can't offer too much adive.
I can say that there may be some "pain" meds that could help. These medications are not considered pain meds are things that help more with nerve pain. You should talk to your doctor about it. Maybe even ask for a pain specialist
I think more importantly it sounds like you need some help dealing with everything. I really want you to talk with your doctor about how you are feeling. I want you to find a good support group, or a therapist. To talk out some of this. Please do this for me.
I want you to be ok.
If you ever need any help or have question feel free to ask,
Brian PharmD Candidate.
I truly feel the same way sometimes! Dont give up hope. you just started pain management. Pain management has been a lifesaver for me but it took a lot of time to get to a dose and combination of meds that works for me. Talk to your Dr and let him know that the morphine is not holding you and ask if you can have something supplemental for breakthrough. My father is diabetic and has reduced kidney funtion and he takes the morphine long acting the same as you, 30 mg three times a day, but he has 15 mg short acting morphine to take between if he needs it. I take long acting and short acting oxycodone. Hang in there and let the Dr know if something is not working. there are so many choices. Pain management is usually much more willing to prescribe higher doses and stronger meds than the average family doctor or general practitioner but you need to let him know haow you are feeling.
How long have you been taking the morphine? It sometimes takes a few weeks for the blood levels to build up and start steadily relieving pain. Can you take a muscle relaxer or something for nerve pain like gabapentin or Lyrica? I am 44 and I feel overwhelmed sometimes that I have perhaps many more years to have to live in pain. An antidepressant may help-so far I've not found one that worked well, I usually have too many side effects but maybe you will have more luck than me! There are a lot of people on this website in the same situation and we all talk to each other and try to support each other. Try to be as active as you can. Once you get your pain under better control you will find yourself being able to do more. Try to get out or do some activity to keep your mind busy. Sitting in front of the television will just make you feel worse! Try to do some stretching or just ANY kind of physical thing. Swimming is really good for chronic pain sufferers. See if you can get involvfed in some water exercise classes. You will be amazed at how much better you feel just getting out for a bit. There are many websites dedicated for chronic pain sufferers. American Chronic Pain Association, American Pain Assoc. , American Pain Foundation, American Pain Society, In the Face of Pain, these have links to other sites too. There is a lot of good info for living with pain. Try not to let the pain rule your life. You can take control! Its hard somedays but that is what friends are for and there are many on here who know what you are going through. Its always better to talk to people who know what it is like to be in pain because the average person has no idea and that makes you feel isolated. I will friend you and any time you need a friend to talk to you are welcome to shoot me a private message!
you know my mother is 93, she has a mind as sharp as a tack, up until 3-4 years ago she took care of a lady that was 100, my mom has arthritis so bad that her knees are bone on bone, have you come out and talked with the doctor about how you really feel about the quality of your life?
It is not acceptable to live in such pain that life just isn't worth fighting for, I know what high tolerance to pain is I had polio at a young age, born with a compromised Immune system that made me suseptibile to the Polio, have had 12 surgeries so I could walk, I probably have been on some of the highest doses enough to worry physicians I am fortunate that I have one now that isn't afraid to prescribe stronger meds and combinations just going through these things makes me want to fight for you, Life is so special and with all the problems that surround it I still feel there is someone out there that will be of help to you, Please give life a chance! they have percocet, Norco, and many other for breakthrough have you used MS contin, Fentanyl patches, Dilaudid, Opana,
tramadol embeda, tapentadol, oxycodone, nucynta, roxicodone, oramorph, these are a number of names, maybe you need a potent pain medication with something to work with the other symptoms, please fight and look for that doctor he/she is out there, Life is still worth having you in it.
You just wrote my life story! Same kind of pain, same age, kids, pain meds, the whole bit. The only difference (maybe) is giving up hope. There is always hope! What helped me the most were the wonderful people here on Drugs.com. I've been a member for just over a year and have met some of my dearest friends I've ever had. Recently, I've been preoccupied with other things going on and haven't been answering as much. My main problem is pain, pain, and more pain. More recently, its' increased to the point where half my day is spent in bed, sitting has become too painful. I was just approved last week for disability and medicaid so I can finally get my back repaired. Pain affects every aspect of ones life, even our outlook on the future. You will feel so much better about things if only you could get your pain under control. That is key to leading a happier life.
My surgeon has me on ms contin 100mg 4 times daily, oxycodone for breakthrough pain, zanaflex for spasms and valium for sleep, spasms, and pain. It can help on all three. You need better pain control, plain and simple. Your conditions warrant this and your doctor should be willing to prescribe whatever meds it takes to get this under control. I know we eventually build tolerances, but then you can switch to something else comparable. Have a long talk with your pain doc and let them know the meds you take are not working at all on this pain! It has affected every aspect of your life and the least they can do is get you out of pain. Please don't give up hope. It will get better once your pain is eased. Take care and call your doc soon.
janem, I HEAR YOU, I HEAR YOU, I HEAR YOU! I am basically in the same place as you! I also have chrontic back & sciatia pain, severe Osteoarthritis in every joint, severe Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, all kinds of allergies to meds, foods, & enviroment, neuropathy,compression fractures,heart arrthymia, etc... I know your pain. I am 64 almost 65 years old & this all started when I was 21. I can't take alot of meds due to allergy problems to them. I had liver problems supposedly because of pain meds. PLEASE don't give up! That's is what is so neat about this sight! I found it to be a life saver. You will hear from more people just like yourself. You are not alone. Yes, life is worth going on for. I have my bad days & really bad moments, but I wouldn't trade my life for anything! What about those kids of yours? Yes, they care.
If they haven't gone thru any of this themselves they can't completely understand, & you shouldn't expect them to. I felt that way for a long time, but came to realize they have their own lives. Don't you want to see your grandchildren some day? I was just told recently that in August I will be a Great Grandmother. That to me is worth the fight to go on. I am going to see my primary care doctor tomorrow to see if he can take care of my pain meds again because my Pain Center is a joke, but that's not to stop me. It just makes me fight harder for me & others like me. Believe it or not I have a husband who is even worse off. It's a fight everyday, but we hang in there. Please don't do anything foolish. I understand how you feel about quality of life. I don't have much either. TV movies like you said or reading & the computer. I have a dog too, & would never think of leaving her alone. If no one else needs me she does. I hope you read this & rethink about what you are saying. I commiserize(sp) believe me & you will hear from others in the same boat. You also said your sister is there for you. How would she feel if you offed yourself? Come on girl, you need our help & an attitude ajustment. You can count on us at any time you are feeling down. I hope you take this to heart...
How do you answer something like what you ask? It sounds horrible,ad makes my problems sound small unimportant. I can relate to some of the things your going through as I don't/can't do much besides sitting home & watching t.v. (no cable) so it's pretty much a re-run everyday & I mean that in what I do see & hear. Eveyday is the same as the last. One thing I have going for me in my case is I have a good doctor who keeps my pain at bay. I had 2 neck operations and take 8 8mg dilaudid a day. I tried the long acting morphine like you but even then I was getting 2 100mg a day & 6 4mg dilaudid.
I felt so bad for you when I heard all the problems you have & what little pain meds your getting! What is the doctors problem? Not enough things wrong? I couldn't think of many more problems a person could have? The not wanting to live is a question only you can answer & I think you knew that before you even wrote your question,but in your case I can understand where your coming from & have had those thoughts cross my mind like if things ever got to bad at least I have a pain free non messy way to go. I get 112 8mg D's every 2week & I can't think of a better way to go then just falling asleep & not waking up,BUT thats just stuff crossing my mind & not something I've ever taken serious just a thought when I see people shooting themselves & messy stuff & me thinking wow,assisted suicide be an option if that's what someone wants it should be there choice,but that's just one of a million things wrong with this country but the good out way the bad with the U.S,in my opinion. Like I said if I can get what I get for pain meds & in my opinion your case is 100 x worse!! I would at least see if you can get enough pain meds to make life bareable.I've made living the same day over & over again tolerable,not much fun but livable. I know I said alot of nothing but I hope it will give you some perspective. Good luck.
Hello my dear janem! I'm sitting here in tears as I read these responses and write my reply to you. I've said before, that I absolutely DON'T UNDERSTAND how, in the 21st century, we have so very many, many people (worldwide) suffering in pain. It doesn't make sense to me~~AT ALL!!! So very many medications are available and new ones are continually being invented and developed and adjusted and marketed and advertised and sold and... IT'S JUST NOT FAIR!!!
I live in Canada so my healthcare system is different than yours, however, I do know that you have to take a stronger control of your health and let your doctor(s) know what's going on. You need better medication and they need to find you one! If your pain management team aren't helpful, they need to be replaced. They are the replaceable ones, NOT YOU!
Earlier today I was feeling very upset and "down in the dumps". Pain is so debilitating and hurtful and it wears a person down and out. If you're able to just make it to the next day, you'll probably feel differently and a bit better. It's always darkest before the dawn! Please wait that extra day! You have many friends here on this site who care for you and about you and can relate to you and your problems. Your circle of friends here will help you get through to that next day when things are brighter! :)
janem, you found this site because you needed us just as we need you! Conversing with one another, even persons in different situations and with different health issues and concerns may help you to feel your worth. You can truly help others who need to ask questions of you and for your thoughts and advice and input. We need you and want you. Please stay! :)
I've only been ill for 3 years. During that time, my hubby unexpectedly had to either have a triple bypass or a heart transplant. My husband ended up having a quadruple bypass and was in hospital (in 2 different cities) for 7 weeks. A month later, my dog became ill. After some expensive tests, it was discovered that she had a brain tumour. I jokingly used to tell people that all 3 of us chose straws on a daily basis and whoever got the shortest straw could be the sickest one that day! LOL I was in such pain but I tried so very hard for the 2 "people" that I loved so dearly. My beloved Daisy was ill for 3 months before I made the heart-wrenching, hardest decision of my life and to opt for euthanasia. So, now there were 2. I'm telling you this story, janem, so that you can see that everyone has a story (or two) and even though we're all different , we're still ALL the SAME. That is how I can tell you today NOT to do anything drastic but to reach out and talk to someone. Many people are willing to help you. WE'RE HERE FOR YOU!
I'll add you to my prayers. Please find the strength within you to fight for your health and a more bearable existence. There's help and love all around you~~~please reach out!
YOU CAN DO IT!!! from, your friend, Wendy :)
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