The last time I was prescribed pain medication was 15 years ago. For the past 2 years, due to a multitude of health problems from migraines to female issues, pain has become part of daily life. Now it has gotten so bad, it is exhausting, seems to be sucking the life right out of me. I know this medication is what works best for my pain with the least side effects plus gives me energy, but there is such a stigma attached to pain meds now, I have no idea how to go about asking for it, especially a particular brand. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thank you
I'm afraid I can't help with "how" to obtain the drug you want - but I wanted to respond to you simply because I am concerned by what's happening with you. I'm not judging you - not at all - in fact, I can completely relate with the position you're in, as i was there. I took prescribed narcotics for migraines and female issues, and it wasn't long before it led me into a nightmare of an addiction. I only used what the doctor prescribed - but still, I became addicted. Addiction is a sneaky, complex disease - and it creeps up on those of us who have to deal with chronic pain all too easily. It's the nature of these kinds of drugs - and not because we're weak or whatever.
I have learned a lot since then, and have been in recovery from addiction for most of the past 20 years. (And now I work in the substance abuse field!) I've come to learn that narcotics (like oxycodone) are NOT a good solution for either migraines or female problems. Migraines do not typical respond well to narcotics, but there are numerous new drugs on the market that truly do help - without the addiction concern. (I use imitrex injections, personally - and they help about 90% of the time.) And, for female problems, generally it is best relieved by an NSAID medication, and there are many of those that are much more effective than a simple Advil, and require a prescription.
Please - save yourself the ordeal of getting used to using narcotic painkillers for these problems. Emotionally, they will wreak complete havoc on you, and fuel a lot of turmoil and depression. Physically, even if they do work early on, in short order, your body will become tolerant and require more of these meds to combat the pain. (That's how narcotics operate.)
Get a good solid relationship with your doctor, make sure it's a person you can really talk to, who also listens. Trust in his/her judgement of what's best for you, and I pray you do well. God bless.
hi there i've been seeing a pain specialist for two years now and i just finally got started on narcotics i was just honest with my doctor that this is the medication that works just mention you took it years ago. i hate the stigma to but i understand pain and no one should suffer
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