I have been seeing a pain Dr. for 3 years now and finally found what works for me. I have recently moved and found a Dr. but they want me to go to some pain program to get off them. I have periphial neouropathy in my legs, fobroymialgia, I am currently on lyrica,and lortabs7.5/325 which i take 4xs per day, this new Dr. wants to take me off them completely and i'm so scared to feel that severe pain again so she feels im dependant, hell ya i'm dependant but not on the drug but how the drug effects my pain. Is there anyone else who has been there, I do not understand why they want to change something that works for me.
I am right there honey. I moved to a different state and have an appointment today with another PM doctor! My family doctor told me I have to look from with-in myself for pain managent! What the heck is that? I hurt so bad I think I am going crazy. What happened to quality of life? By the way, I have degeneritive disc disease in my neck, and a compressed thoracic vertibrae, etc. You just have to keep looking, hopefullly you'll get the care you deserve!
my dr referred me to the pain management quacks. my dr was giving me lorcet 10/650 4 times a day. thats 120 pills a month. sometimes i had pills left over. i only took enough to alleviate the pain. so after i go to the quack pm dr, he takes me down to 30 pills a month. 1 a day! i told him that helps me get out of bed in the mornings but i have nothing for pain the other 12 to 14 hours that im awake. he took me up to 60 after i bitched enough... but he dropped me from 10mgs to 7.5 mgs. i had been on the 10 mgs for a year. the 7.5s do NOTHING for me. im gonna run out before the month is up. i hate this dr and im in the market for a new one too. i think if you go to pain management, they should MANAGE your pain! the government is supposedly cracking down on the drs because of addiction...
but we have medical problems! we hurt! if they are not gonna fix us, or if we cant be fixed, then they could at least mask the horrible pain we deal with every day. its hard getting out of bed. i have lower back pain due to a series of problems and now they are saying i might have fibromyalgia. i hate doctors right now... i know its just because i havent found the right one. good luck to us all! i guarantee that if it was them hurting, they would want some relief. they'd be able to write their own scripts tho. im so pissed. i really hate my doctor u guys!
In today's world things have changed so much on how doctors have been put into fear to prescribe appropriate opiates to people who are truly in pain and do not abuse them. Just by you using the word "dependent" shows me there is no addiction but anyone in chronic pain is going to become "dependent" on opiate medications which doesn't mean we are addicts. Lyrica isn't even an opiate but does have some bad side effects however any medication for pain or not after reading the possible side effects would make any of us not want to have to take them but in chronic pain as long as you know in your heart you are not an addict nor abuse them, I think you found a doctor who doesn't want to prescribe verses one who is understanding and wants the best pain relief possible for you.
I've gone through 11 plus years of chronic pain with RSD and knowing I was injured at age 31, I decided after a bit over 2yrs to refuse any and all increases that were offered to me many times over and remained on the same dose of pain meds only changing my breakthrough pain med for 9 of 11yrs.
I know from my own personal experience with an unwanted and unwarranted detox for 3 months that I did withdrawal like an addict would but in my heart I know I've never abused my meds, refused increases, and am only dependent due to the amount of chronic pain I'm in. A few bad apples ruin it for everyone else that has a need for opiates to function at all.
RSD is basically nerve damage that spreads and it has but not full body yet. Even with spreading starting in January this year I have not wanted to go on a higher dose of a long acting narcotic pain med I've been on for 11yrs now as in the past they were offered way too much but in the past 2yrs I've noticed that many doctors do not want to prescribe opiates even for proper use.
I had a doctor that ran 7 pain clinics in my state who was not my doctor see me one time, gave me no exam, ripped up my scripts in front of my face even after I offered politely that he could run any tests known to man and that I was diagnosed twice early on; once by an orthopedic and afterward by a pain doctor who worked for the Mayo Clinic. I had all my med records dating back to the date of the accident. He just said I didn't have this disease and he would not give me my meds. After detoxing for a month and going back to see my regular doctor, he offered them back to me but after going through the worst detox and my pain levels going through the roof, I refused to take my own needed meds back for another 2 months telling him I never wanted to feel that way again nor be treated that way.
I highly recommend that you seek another doctor as in any health problem we as a patient have the right to a 2nd opinion.
I ended up going back to my 1st pain doctor who did examine me and said he felt he needed no more testing as he proved I had RSD years ago but did want X rays.
Since then I found an Internal Medicine doctor who has me under a pain contract and was told by my 1st pain doctor that since there was no treatment for me left other than medication management and that I am stable on my meds, I have no business remaining in any form of pain management unless my condition worsened and then he would consult with my new doctor.
We have to be proactive and educated in chronic pain diseases finding the right doctors who are not afraid to treat chronic pain patients wanting them to function in life even if that means the need for opiates used properly.
Many of us have been where you are and finding another doctor would be highly beneficial at this point.
Best wishes as I also know how hard that is to do. It took me 2yrs to find one to take Medicare that wasn't a pain doctor.
Also if any doctor offers you Methadone or Suboxone, that is not a good pain medication as they are both made to help you detox off of real opiates used to treat pain and are just as highly addictive if not worse. They both block the pain receptors in your brain and the use of true opiates used for pain. I've been offered both telling me it was cheaper than what I now take as I'm in the donut hole and paying full price. I am highly allergic to most opiates and found what I also need that works for me so I refuse to let them "play around" with these dangerous but necessary medications on me. I refuse to be the guinea pig.
Is this new Dr a pain specialist? If they are not, see a pain specialist!!! A pain specialist will have a program for your pain. No pain program would ever take you off your pain medication without having a way for you to cope with your pain. Your new doctor is unrealistic that you can just come off medication with no replacement and does not understand pain, fibromyalgia or peripheral neropathy. Research pain clinics in your area. See if there is a medical school in your new home town, that is always a good place to start. You can always ask new friends at church or neighbors etc. (or if you don't people knowing this private info ask your pastor or research online). I would then find a new primary care doctor. I think he or she may a preconceived idea about who you are and your need for medication. This person does not appear to understand pain syndromes and the true nature of how they affect people. You may also benefit from some good physical therapy.
You will need to find a therapist in you area that specializes in the treatment of fibromyalgia, and yes there are therapist who do ( I was one who did before I was injured and became disabled). The pain clinic may be able to recomend one. PT with an Aquatic component may work well for you. I found many of my patients with fibromyalgia had great relief with therapy in the water. TENS is another option for pain. TENS is an electrical unit for the treatment of pain. It uses electrodes placed on the skin that attach to a small unit about the size of a deck of card. The unit emits a small current of electricity the essentually gets the brain to release its own, natural pain killers, the (basic, non-scientific explanation of how TENS works). I wish you good luck but you have some homework to do. You can be your best advocate if you go into your appointments with a list of questions written down and don't leave until they are answered and if you are not happy with the doctors you see, find new ones. You will find the ones that meet your needs and treats you like a person in pain the deserves the right treatment. Best of luck.
Wow!!! I just got out of the hospital yesterday because I woke up yesterday morning and couldn't walk.They said nothing was wrong with my foot but I did have a very bad back condtion they said.They did the usual took X-Rays,rated my pain,asked 1000 questions.Final Result=A prescription for 12 Hydrocodones and a back that will never heal nor shift back into joint.So much for Doctors.What happened to the DOCTORS back in THA DAY.I remember when you could walk into the ER and get 50 pills NO PROB.Now there only giving out 12 pills at a time and then they expect you to follow up before those run out.What is this world coming to???
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