The only thing that works with any consistency is opiates. I have kept myself to the lower dose types and have a fear of oxycontin. What is begining to get to me is the way I have been treated by doctors over the years. I don't call for refills before I'm supposed to. I use only one doctor and one pharmacy for my pain meds. How am I supposed to have "quality of life" when I get treated like a scum-bag? How do others handle this?
Good question. We can thank the doctor shoppers, abusers, and addicts for the paranoia many pain doctors have. The DEA has cracked down on many of these facilities. I'm fortunate to have 1 doctor, my spine surgeon, whom I see. After I lost my insurance (2 weeks later I shattered my mid spine) this doctor continued to see me, operated on me, and even got the hospital to forgive the bill. The next time you have an appointment with your doc, do me a favor and ask him this very question. So many doctors are afraid to treat patients with the only meds that will help them. Don't get me wrong, I am addicted to the meds I take. I could not survive without them. I need more surgery to fix a problem with the hardware in my back. But it sounds like you need a heart to heart with your doc! Maybe it comes down to the almighty dollar? More patients, more money? I have to have faith there are caring pain specialists out there. Ones who truly understand what chronic, debilitating pain feels like. Ask your doc, what would you take if you had this condition?
I am sorry to say I don't have an answer for you either but I can relate to exactly how you feel. I have felt like you for a very long time and still do. I am finding this site really helps though. I have a very hard time, but what choice do we have then to keep going and hope that some day it will all get better. I don't handle it very well but you have to keep trying. Good luck, I think all dr.s should have to spend just one day in our shoes and then maybe they would be more understanding.
I am in your situation, except that I have been on Oxycontin for a year or so. I DO NOT recommend it. If you can keep pain manageable with percocet as needed, I would suggest that. I understand your feelings of how you/we are perceived. It is very hurtful. write back if you'd like to chat. take care, katie
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