... I really have no one I can talk to or trust. My chronic physical and emotional pain caused me to become a serious addict but I've been through all kinds of treatment for this. I still struggle with chronic pain. I had rotator cuff surgery 3 years ago (not a good job) and have been hurt and reaggravated my injury. I also have other pain from my neck to the back of my legs. I didn't have medical insurance and now I have Medi-cal.I got on methadone almost 4yrs ago but I'm so sick of having to go to 5the clinic 4 days a week, the short hours and other hoops they make you jump through. Plus my body got used to it a long time ago and I don't want to take some ungodly high dose. Most dr. contact is in ER or cheap clinic. Once they hear that I was a drug addict they instantly don't believe that I'm anything but a drug seeker. Painkillers like vicodin don't do anything to help me. But telling a Dr you have too high a drug tolerance is defeating the whole point of even bothering. I feel so much shame when I just need help
I hear you pain and suffering. Please hang in there. Maybe there are some solutions. Have you thought about asking the doctors for pain relief that is non narcotic. Medicines like gabapentin (Neurontin), Lyrica, or Cymbalta may help you. Don't know what your drug coverage is with Medi-cal, these medicines can be expensive, but they do help with nerve pain. Maybe if you go to the doctor armed with some alternatives, he/she will listen to you more. Just a thought.
Please give up the shame. It is only self defeating. Keep talking to the folks on this site. They are really the greatest. I'll be praying for you,
Hi i'm so sorry to hear your story. I don't know where you live but there should be support groups in your area that can help and advise you. I think you should try to get off the methadone if you can, and if you explain to a healthcare professional that you want to get clean and change your meds/needs surely they will help you? You can contact Alcoholics Annonymous, despite the name they also are very helpful with drug addictions/abuse/prescription drug usage, etc. They are great to talk to when you are feeling low and they have meetings all over the world. They will talk to you as a friend and can give you great help and advise. Check out their website. Regarding the medical aid, i also am unaware what this covers so don't know what to suggest about that? Like the last member wrote, you can get really good support on this site also from people that have been in the same situation as you. I hope you manage to sort something out, let us know how you are getting on. Take care!
I have been here since towards the last part of January, I have had Chronic pain for several years and its nothing to be ashamed of it's something that needs care, kindness and compassion the exact things that are found by the people who are on this site, I am so honored by having time to read, watch and listen to the people that ask questions and also the folks who are entrusted to give answers, one thing about them they care about giving and being what trust is all about, so tick around and keep reading I think you may have found a place that will be helpful and caring, not the ordinary things by any stretch of the imagination Caringsonbj my first name is
Welcome im also new to this site,but i found alot of lovely people here and its so easy to chat.Do not feel ashamed in the least,i feel so sorry to hear your story and can connect with you in the sense of doctors and the way they can jump to conclusions,they have'nt a clue what it is like to be in pain wheather physcial or mental.Do not feel defeated if you can at all try see another doc,stand your ground with them and speak up,its the only way to get their attention,otherwise they will keep fobbing you off.I was in the same position as yourself experiencing the same trouble with doc's not listening until i lost it with them at my last visit.I know it's not easy but try talking to one again.In the meantime we're all here for you.Chat anytime
Welcome BayAreaGirl! Sounds like you've been through the wringer!! A very dear friend of mine is also on Medi-Cal. They cover all her meds, which are many, knows all the ins and outs on how the system works. Your best bet is to research and find a doctor who specializes in pain control and addictions. There are ones out there that can treat both. It sound a bit contradictory but who better to treat chronic pain yet also knows addictions and how to treat that too? I wouldn't recommend quitting the methadone as you'll be stuck with no pain control AND suffer horribly from withdrawals. Should you find a new doc, have all the records, x-rays, diagnosis, notes from the surgery EVERYTHING that backs up your current pain issues. THIS is why you have a high tolerance, this is how you became addicted. Not the other way around. Don't let them make you feel like your just another addict.
You had a serious physical problem that needed surgery, this is what started this snowball effect. Any good, compassionate doctor will realize this and help you. Be open to all suggestions, physical therapy, occupational therapy, injections, counseling, whatever they recommend, do it! If you try to come up with excuses on why you can't do these things (afraid of needles, schedule clashes, no car) only shows them you ARE there for the meds only. Prove them wrong. We all deserve to live life free of pain. Or at least tolerable pain. Don't give up and don't give in. You are worth so much more than what these "clinic" people may think. Time to wipe the slate clean and start from square one. We are all here to help you through this. There is always hope. Have a little faith that the right doctor can be found and you'll finally get the help you so desperately need. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Hi BayAreaGirl, I was just speaking with a friend today and discussing how impossible life can be when you suffer from chronic pain and addiction. Most doctors don't want anything to do with us. I was on methadone clinics for years but finally found a good pain clinic that understands fibro and RA. I still take methadone, but I now take it three times a day. This has helped a great deal. Once a day is good for addiction, but for pain treatment, you really need to take smaller doses more frequently. The older I get, the more pain problems I have, so I don't imagine I'll ever be drug free. I'm just grateful to have some quality of life now. Have you looked into area pain clinics? if your pain was more under control, you would be more relaxed and comfortable. You would also get the wisdom of doctors who specialize in pain issues. There are so many people here who really make an effort to give good advice and share their experiences and information. I'm glad you found this site and hope it will help you. I wish you the best, keemo7
Hi, glad to see you on our page, we all have problem's. I was shot in the back, and the bullet lodged in my spine, when i was 15 year's old, so i know about pain. I lost all feeling and use of my right leg i have had around 30 surgeries, over the long year's since. One of my surgeries was for disc messed up in my neck, had it fused and a a plate put in to seperate the new disc's, about 6 year's ago, now i'm having the same pain, and the Dr. think's i have scar tissue or calciun deposit's pressing on the nerve's. So i have my back pain and neck. I, too have problem's when i go to a Dr. that isn't my regular Dr. (sometimes he is not working that day or i'm at the E. R.
if it start's hurting in the night) They all don't want to give me the usual shot's that will really help with my pain, they think it way to much, but i know after yrar's of living with this what work's and the small amount's they want to give me, do nothing, and then they can't give you anything else for hour's, it's so flustrating, my husband get's so upset with the dr.s. We even had my regular Dr. write a list on his Rx. pad to show to them what will help. Hope you can find some help here and make new friend's, that does help to have someone to talk to. good luck
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