Hi all, I am a newbie, Not to pain,lol!! I need help severely, first I am disabled with anxiety,panic for 20 yrs now.I am 43 :(. I always had nagging low back pain,1st dr, had me lortab 4x day. I was in my 20s, I never had taken med until a car wreck,I crushed dash with my chest,never been the same.I finally left dr.went to methadone clinic it helped pain ok until sept. 24,2010. My life stopped tthat day,I have lived in a living he... Pain never stops, I cry, get angry, my fiance doesn't like me now,I am too much trouble:(. I am on 100 mg. fentanyl patches -48hrs. My break through is a oxycodone 15mg. 5 x day. I STILL CANT WALK FOR PAIN, I cry, My leg feels like its being torn off at my knee,I have L-5 ruptured with compressed cord. S-1 also injured, I sleep 3 hrs. wake inextreme pain.I take my brek through but it just doesnt last,so I run out few DAYS EARLY! My patch does good 1st day, the 2nd it is like I have nothing on.And the med will almost be gone. I sit here nowso ready to end this nightmare,knowing someone can tell me what to do. Is my dr.just afraid give me med that helps,I had test last month, nerve blocks,not one call ask am I ok. I feel my dr.doesn't understand the he!! I am in. I get there and am so afraid say much, I have told over over it is not working, I have 3 kids and a mom with dementia, no help,I do it all,or I did. I hurt so bad I dont care if bills are paid, I just want it tolerable,I need to sleep again, stop crying, I fear this will get so bad I cant take it. What would you suggest I say, I am at aloss for words, the dr. seems to not believe me. Do I change dr.I dont know,and I have no one to talk to...
Take a deep breath and relax, lol. You will get plenty of support here on this site. It is full of wonderful people. Have you had an MRI to diagnose your back problem? Have you been to an orthopaedist for an evaluation? You may want to try if you haven't already.
What have you tried for the pain besides opiate meds and injections? I can recommend you pursue other avenues of pain relief besides the opiates. You may benefit from something like Lyrica. It is a medicine for nerve pain. In fact, there are several meds that target nerve pain that you could ask your doctor about such as Cymbalta or Neurontin. If you approach him with the non narcotic options maybe he will realize how much pain you really are in.
I don't know if your back is correctable with surgery but you may need to do that. You sound like you are getting nerve pain down the leg which could be addressed with the medication I mentioned. Doing strengthening and stretching exercises particularly when you first wake up might help. You would need the orthopeadist or a physical therapist to teach you these.
We are here to help anyway we can, so keep on posting,
I think what you are trying to say is hey I hurt horribly here I am not asking to be drugged until I am not functional I just want to be able to function and do the things that are needed by the family that needs me, You have every right to expect the doctor to hear you if he has problems with what you tell him then he needs to be honest enough to tell you, he doesn't pay you if he isn't helping you then perhaps it time for you to consider another doctor, Believe me I know making changes isn't something that is easy especially when you are fighting to keep going but sometimes you have to make a change in order to get the care you need.
this is something for you to think about I have been under a previous doctors care that became a dread the thing I wanted was to be able to live in a world and be able to function I was fortunate in making the change the new doctor dug deeper and found more reasons for me having such a difficult time and has treated them accordingly, It is my sincere hope that whatever you do that it is for the best and helps you be the best you can possibly be
I feel your pain i have had four back surgeries L3 through S1, and am in constent pain, with my doctor i had to get aggresive. Stand up for myself and tell her how it was. I was on 300 of fentanyl plus dilaudid for breakthrough, (i have a huge pain tolerance and over effcient kidney and liver) those drugs were not working and she didn't want to try anything else, so i found me a new doctor. She is wonderful, I'm currently on methadone, norco, lyrica. Lyrica is nice because it's not an opiate and it helps specifically with nerve pain and it seems to work, only problem it has effected my vision, but that is something i can live with. Just stand up for yourself if he or she doesn't listen i would consider changing doctor's your in control of your body you know what works and what doesn't. He does not.
I know exactly how you feel. I have had 2 back surgeries and now i use 150 fentanyl and 4800 if gabapetin. Still in quite some pain so decided to self medicate. Going back to my pain specialists to get either more fentanyl or something different all together. Some mornings when I wake up, I am upset that I woke up. They say it gets better but when... I am also 43
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