I asked twice over thirty-three years for the doctors to take me off of pain medications because I knew that my body was resistant, and though they were helping to give me pain free function, the migraines were not changed. It was never a question of being dependent or out of control, it was an observation that as long as I had been on the medications I knew that I could not just stop. Anyone who is remotely educated about medications knows that you have to get off any long term medication carefully. This was my only reason for asking to get off. Since then, no doctor will talk to me about treating my pain, I am right now unable to walk. My hip is not functioning, and I cannot put weight on it without incapacitating pain. I was given the initial shot in the joint, but then I reinjured it, so they tried again and it didn't work, so they are testing me, but not addressing my pain. I was actually asked by my doctor, what exactly did I want him to do for me? My answer was/after total confusion, that he help me to walk again. It seemed an understanding not to refer to my pain, because it was not a consideration. I cannot take NSAIDs as I have history of bleeding ulcers. I was simply told that well it made things difficult for them to help me because of that. My health record says that I had a long dependency on pain medications. I wonder if that means something detrimental. I have never taken my medications in any other manner than was prescribed. And yet, I feel as if I have acquired a stigma that no one wants to talk about. All I know is, that when I got off, it was not because I never expected to need to address pain ever again, and yet here I am.
Migraine - What is left, when the doctors say they don't know what to do for me? And in the Pain?
- 21 Dec 2014 by longdistantrunner
- 21 Dec 2014
- migraine, pain, doctor, medication, pain medication
Added 21 Dec 2014:
I am now referred to the pain clinic for any pain related problems, but the only thing I ever do when I go to the clinic, is talk about my pain and answer as to where I am on any given day on the pain scale. And no matter where I am, there is never any indication or conversation about moving in the direction of meeting my need. I am not interested in guided imagery, meditation etc.. as for one they are not typical medical means of addressing illness or injury, and secondly I do not feel comfortable entering into areas that seem to be out of the norm.
Hello there. I understand what you're saying. I am also a long time chronic pain patient & I have multiple chronic pain conditions that seem to almost feed off each other in never ending cycle. Unfortunately all the recent changes in the medical world in regards to pain meds particularly opiate based meds has basically tied alot of the Dr's hands. If they dont watch their selves very closely the can end up with enormous fines if they write too many of these scripts & possibly even lose their medical license. Also if they have to worry about liability issues if the patient becomes addicted begins abusing them bcuz the Dr can then end up getting sued simple for prescribing the med to begin with.
They could say that the abuse of the med was his fault bcuz he wrote the script to begin with regardless that the bottle its self had very clearly stated dosing instruction that the patient chose to ignore. In my town Almost all the pain management Drs have began refusing to write prescriptions for any new patients & pretty much all the general Dr's, D.O's & internal medicinists have just started referring any pain issues directly to pain management. The comment in your file saying long dependancy is absolutely a huge factor. It is basically a huge RED flag waving furiously arms? Do u realize that red flagging you that I dont even know where is other than
Dear lord. Has there been any attempt to find out what the pain is? Have you had an mri of your hip and lower back? They sealed your fate by putting dependency on your records. You pain management dr isn't going to offer anything. Of course, I have never been dependent on any drug, and pain management dr is more interested in shots then pain meds. Its the climate of the government.
Wjhat I would do is find a dr from outside the area you've been going, and not get my records from the previous drs. The other thing is demand that that is removed from your record, since you have always been using it under a drs direction and while all dependence means is you have to wean off it, not that you are addicted to them. That is totally different, but the drs haven't figured that out yet, and this pain management dr is seeing oh my she's going to be addicted again if I put her on something. If there are mris showing a structural defect you have a better chance of getting something for pain. If you had a good pain management dr, he would do testing to see where your pain is coming from. Have you seen an orthopedic specialist?
There is one med that a pain dr should be willing to prescribe if he thought there was a chance of dependence, of course we all get dependent if we take them. Butrans. its a patch used for people who are addicted to get them off of narcs, but it works for pain too.
There are things you can do to help too, but it helps to know what is causing it first. If its nerve pain then they can give you something like gabapentin.
It helps to learn to compartmentalize things in your brain. There is one that is for pain, and believe it or not if you refuse to think about it, you can accomplish some things. I found a solution for my hip pain, because my pain dr realized that the pain wasn't my usual pain and did an Mri. My si joints are screwed up, so next time I see him it will be a shot of cortisone in there for me.
Only about 2 % of chronic pain patients actually get addicted to their pain meds.
Dependence means you have to be tapered off a drug.
Addiction means that you took more then prescribed, got them illegally, and did so without thought of the consequences.
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