My employer is now requiring testing and I am worried. Normally I only take those 2 meds, lately though paid so severe if taking dirt would help I would take that too. any info appreciated
I understand when you are at 12 on the 10 point scale it is really easy to start quaffing down anything you can get your hands on. It is a different compound as vicoden is hydrocodone so depending on the test equiptment it may show up. If your employer knows that you take Oxys and morphine I am nolt sure why he would care that you take a vic every now and then. You really should talk to your Doc and tell him you are undertreated. How long have you been taking narcotics for your pain? Have you used the same clnic? have you switched to different narcotics? Do you use the MSIR you mentioned for your breakthur pain? Most everyone builds up a tolerance to the medication you take so some of what you injest is to treat the tolerance and part for the pain. You are not doing urself any favors by trying to work your way thru the pain. I never hear a diabetic trying to work his way thru his sugur levels.
Again its not drug seeking behavior to expect to be treated with a program that gives you as much relief as possible w/o putting yourself into a drug induced stupor.I have told this story here before but when I first started dealing with chronic pain, I was just going to push my way thru the pain. I told myself it was all in my head. As I did more and more research on the proper way to treat chronic pain, I saw in numerous studies where left untreated or undertreated the pain builds a nerve pathway that is firing 24/7/365 even if there is no medical reason for the pain. That phantom pain can be just as uncomfortable as any other pain. I suffer to this day because of that.
You do need to know that narcotic pain meds are only part of the soultion as well as the fact that they bring a lot of baggage to the table with them,Depending on the day I may spend two or more different periods doing self hypnosis and guided imagery. some of these sessions can last over an hour but they are a critical component of my overall program and should be for any complete pain management program.
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