this is just an opinion but to be in constant Chronic Pain and not having relief aggravates anxiety, depression, inability to eat, sleep, deal with lifes problems, getting conntrol of severe is at least a step in the right direction, I think it's best to try and treat one problem at a time, one medication at a time, keeping a written log of how bad it is, what works and what does not is a big plus, find a doctor you can trust and that you can talk with, it also helps to be able to open up to a doctor who will give of him/herself if they listen to one then they will want to generally listen to other problems. I hope I have been a bit of help
it all fits in together ,pain causes depression ,which causes anxiaty!so all of these need to really be meet!as you get one eased ,the others get just a little better!i have all three too ,was on pain meds for a while and realized i was depressed because my life was different due to pain,when i went for depression the doc thought it best for me to be on something for anxiaty and i agree !i still have my bad days but meds do help me feel better most days!
I would say that you need to address the pain issues first and find what works for you personally. Also, I would tell you that opiate pain killers such as vicodin or percocet should be a last resort because they can end up causing more problems in the future and do more harm than good in the end. Try to research and find some alternatives to narcotic painkillers such as exercise and a good diet.
A very long time ago, I met a counselor who showed me a cool method of making it easy for a person to find out where their balance is. After 40 years, I still have a reality check by following his theory. Here goes: Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, one being the lowest, in the following areas; Physically. Emotionally. Socially. Spiritually. You'll know the answer to this question by doing this. Maybe not. I sure as beans benefited. Get a pen and paper out and divide it into those four categories. PESS pysically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Ask yourself gee, how would I rate myself in this area? This will provoke thought. Ex: Physically I would rate myself 1 because I have so much pain. Emotionally I would rate myself 5 because I know that I am about to watch my daughter and her cat walk out my door and move into their own place. You get the point. You'll see. Can't hurt to try. Huh? I've made some very important decisions based on this theory. Isn't that why your seeking wisdom? I prayed for you. pickles503
I'm no doc, but experienced your situation. I treated all at once. Started paxil & ms contin. If depression wasn't treated, I'd tend to use pain meds to feel better rather than for pain. Not good. I would get suicidal on just one or the other, and also run out of pain meds early. I've found that being honest with the docs worked well. Any pain doc understands the corilation between the two, but if you don't express yourself they'll never know. (I gave up telling "little" lies; I give them both barrels.) If they can't help, ask for a 2,3 month supply of pain meds & get another doc. You don't want a person so closed minded anyway.
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