... leaves me in bed 20 hrs a day, sometimes more. I have chronic gout which has deformed my joints in my hands, feet. The gout is also in almost every other joint in my body, and has moved to my Achilles tendons. On top of this, I have pinched nerves from L2,3 and 4 caused by deteriorated disks, which is in my neck as well and I have Rheumatoid. I have been on Vicodin 10/325 every 6 hours for about 7 or 8 years and they no longer help as much. I discussed this with my doctor and he gave me Oxycodone 5mg, one every 8 hours which left me worse off. When I spoke to him he just put me back on the Vicodin 10/325's. I am 48 years old and have no life, it gets very depressing being in pain all the time and living in my bed. I'm not sure what to do, but what's the point of living like this? Are there any compassionate doctors in Colorado?
Are you seeing a pain dr? Does he know how your quality of life has decreased? He should have you on an extended release med. It would be working better for you. Its hard to find a dr anywhere in the usa who isn't afraid to order adequate pain medication because of the governement.
Realize the climate is very bad because of all the abuse, we have the abusers to thank. All you can do is accept it like every one of us has to. Also look into the many non-medication solutions, the options are growing exponentially for this very reason, chronic pain patients have little choice if they're going to remain legal in their behavior.
Has nothing to do with compassion, it has to do with the abuse that the DEA cannot control, so they go after the Drs license and it matters not who's legit and who isn't.
Cold hard truth.
As far as the "point of living like this?" There are folks much worse off than you, and pain meds will do nothing for that sort of attitude toward life, that's a good place to start. Sorry if this is not the answer you were expecting, but sometime a dose of truth is unpleasant at first. You can do this.
Jka311, If you're not seeing a pain management doctor have your dr to refere you to one, also you need an extended release pain medication. Tell your dr all the things you are unable to do that you once could do and don't ask for any type of medication, just let him know all what you're not able to do and let him choose the med unless of course if he puts you back on the same meds then mention you read online that an extended release medication may help. I wish you the very best and hope all turns out positive for you.. take care, pamee
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