Because tramadol went to narcotic statis, my dr won't give me more. I can not control pain with this. I work 4 ten hr days. I am exhausted and in pain every day. It causes me to be depressed because of the little I can do with my grandkids esp. and husband..I can not and don't want hydrocodone. What else is my option...
When I went to my new pain dr, he informed me I was on too much tramadol. I was on the max dose. I told him no way would less work. I don't think docs understand how tramadol works. Its not like other pain meds that you can take a small amt and have it work. I told him if he wasn't going to prescribe the right amount I needed something else. I already knew less wouldn't work. He put me on hydrocodone, 2 a day. That's a laugh too, I told him great now I just have to decide which 4 hrs in my day I need to have less pain. What our government is doing to us, is unforgivable. You may do better if you see a pain dr. Other docs are really scared of narcs. I was worried that hydrocodone would make me goofy and I wouldn't be able to function, but it has no effect on me at all. What is your pain from? My pain dr is also injecting my back and its helped allot.
Maybe the option isn't one of medication, I learned after many years that once I explored my thought-life, learning I did not have to just go wherever my mind dragged me, and once I realized meds are only a band-aid at best (granted, we need band-aids) a whole new world opened up.
Lifestyle changes, be it schedule, job, diet, sleep, social activities (which we make impossible with our busyness) are amazingly effective tools, long ,lasting and no side-effects. No, I don't mean to make it sound easy, or quick, but time & space are limited here.
Like most anything in life, a new perspective can change a lot, it can change everything, and I say this as a chronic pain patient with inoperable pathology.
I was given injections of lidocaine 25 years ago when I was first diagnosed with FMS. They would break the pain cycle and worked very well. Then suddenly they were no longer a way to treat FMS. Now they're back. I would much rather have a few mild injections than always be trying a medication like cymbalta which completely messed up my thought processes. I'm going back to the injections - but I agree lifestyle also impacts pain level.
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