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Significant other doesn't like me on pain meds

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Pain Medications
Anyone else have a significant other who doesn't agree with them being on narcotics?

I know I'm young, but that doesn't dismiss the fact I had a laminectomy at age 25, and a fusion at 29.

I've been taking Vicodin for about...hmmm, 5 years maybe, on and off.

For a while, I was down to Darvocet (that doesn't do poop for the pain).

Now I go to the spine doc tomorrow, my 4 month post-op checkup, and I'm afraid of asking him for a prescription. His nurse refused to do it a couple of weeks ago, so I got my primary care doc to write me a weeks worth.

I know I'll prolly end up going back to the PM doc, but my fiance is NOT happy about the Vicodin sitch.

There is SUCH a stigma attached to narcotics.

The thing is, I can't leave the house, or be a sort of productive human being, if my pain is WAAAAY outta control.

How do you get what you need, in a prescription....without looking like a drug seeker?

It's not my fault my back pain has increased 10 fold, nor is it my fault the ortho surgeon has kept me outta PT for 4+ months. My muscles are SERIOUS atrophying.

I always have that fear that the doc won't help me out, leaving me in terrible pain. It's happened before....

Thanks for letting me vent :S
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  • After my surgery, The N/S would not write any pain medication. I could be wrong but I don't think N/S deal with pain mgmt issues.

    Karen
  • My surgeon took away my pain meds after he released me following my fusion, and of course I was miserable for months. My company nurse suggested I go to a Pain Management Dr., and that is where I found some relief.

    They gave me a script for Vicodin and Lyrica, which was change to neurontin due to weight gain side effect. None of the steroid shots worked so she sent me to another pm Dr. who switched my Vicodin to Kadian (extended release morphine)

    I know exactly what you are talking about though, I feel like such a druggy asking for refills, and my best friend thinks I take them for the mental effects. Not even, I wish I didn't have to so that I wouldn't be so sleepy.

    I don't visit the Dr. now but maybe 1x or 2x a year when he has to see me because of the scripts. He fills it every month, told me if it's not broken don't fix it, and that means if the drug is working we'll keep using it.

    What I need now is a muscle relaxer. My back and side seem to cramp up on me with this spinal cord stimulator, but I'm afraid to ask for anything because of the stigma. Reading this site it seems like everybody just asks the DR.for different drugs and they get them no problem.
  • Let me first address the fiance not wanting you to take narcotic pain meds. This is your body, not his and only you know what your pain level is. If your pain is out of control, YOU do what is best for YOU, not him. It's kind of like a woman I know whose husband didn't want her to have an epidural during labor....hello, until he gives birth, he should leave that decision up to her! Now about the pain meds. My NS too was reluctant to prescribe any pain meds beyond the initial surgery. He left it up to my PCP and then referred me to pain management. Be honest about your pain levels with your PCP or PM and they will help you through it with meds, PT, acupuncture and other methods....by the way if you have not tried acupuncture, do....it is worth it. It worked very well for my pain.
  • First the NS part. I was lucky with my NS. He refilled my RX's for about 6 months after surgery then that was it. I didn't need them anymore either. My pain hit me like a train about 1 yr ago. Went to see the NS he referred me to a PM. I now see a spine specialist. So most NS wont refill past the 6mo point of post-op. Be sure that when you see a PM or PCP that you are very open and honest on your restrictions due to pain. My best advice to you is to buy and start a journal. Nothing fancy just something to write about the pain in. I write in mine about 3x's a day. Morning, noon and then before bed. That way the morning part I can explain how I slept, pain level while trying to sleep and how I felt when I woke up (pain, stiff, sore etc) then after lunch I write how my day is going with the pain, my pain level etc. And before bed how the rest of the day went. Be very specific in it and write down dates and times. If all of a sudden my pain level rises then I write that in the journal when it happens. This way you can document everything and dont have to pull all the info out of your head.
    Now about the fiance. My DH (dear Husband) does not like the pain meds either. BUT he also understands the pain I am in. I went off of my meds (by MY choice) just to see how I felt without them. When he said that I was in bed for days on end and not due to withdrawl but due to pain, he ask why the hell I went off of the meds. I told him I wanted to see what the pain level was without my meds. I also told him I felt guitly being on narc's all the time. He said if you need them to function then you need them. I am very very lucky to have an understanding DH. His friends that knew I was on pain meds told him that I need to get off of them. He put them all in their places and said that they can't say anything until they lived a week in my shoes.
    My suggestion would be to let him read your journal after you get it started. That way he can read what you are going through. Only make it a pain journal, dont write about all the personal crap we all go through with the loved ones. Make a seperate journal for that. Maybe he will understand a little more if he reads your journal entries. Let him know he can read it whenever he wants to also and if he has questions to feel free to ask you. Also do some research on the meds. The meds that do more harm to our bodies are the Tylenol, asprin, NSAID's etc. YES we can get strange effects from the narc part but I no longer have these effects. I used to get a euphoric or energetic feeling from teh meds, I no longer have these do to the length of time that I have been on narcs.
    As far as getting refills without looking like a drug seeker. WEll no matter what some docs think that we all are. As long as you stick to the RX and take as directed you wont look like a seeker. When you need early refills or are too pushy about your RX that is when people look like seekers. Let your doc or PM know what works for you. All of my docs have told me that if I already know what works for me it is less work for them to try to figure it out. Also with the vicodin. Are you taking vicodin or Norco. If you are taking vicodin try to switch to Norco. Vicodin usually has 500mg of acetominophen in it and norco only has 325mg. The less tylenol the better. Norco is Hydrocodone which is the same as vicodin. Norco comes in 5/325, 7.5/325 and 10/325. so if you are on vicodin 5/550 the see if you can switch to Noco 5/325. My NS switched me to Norco due to all of the acetominophen in the vicoden. The acetominophen can reek havok on your system if you take it steadily.
    Anyway I hope at least some of this helps you. If you have any questions you can Private Message me. Good luck and I hope things change for the better for you.
    MJ
  • Thanks so much for your reply. It makes me feel better that I'm not the only one, ya know?

    I need one of my docs, whether it's my ortho surgeon (which I see for my 4 month checkup), or my pcp to give me a referral. I did go to the pain center before, but that was months ago. It makes me feel like....I'm not getting any better if I have to go back to the PM. They thought I had delusions of grandeur, thinking I'd be fixed and perfect after my surgery. Ok, maybe I did a little bit...I thought I'd bouce back to normal.

    I wouldn't feel bad about asking the doc for a muscle relaxer, I mean...they're not the "dreaded" controlled substances. By relieving the spasm pain, your pain will most likely go down. It sucks, I'm allergic to Flexaril...and that works REALLY well, but makes ya REALLY drowsy and groggy. I've tried Skelaxin, which is the lowest on the drowsy scale, but now I'm on Soma. It took a few weeks to get used to it, but now it doesn't make me feel loopy, thank God. After starting the Neurontin, I'll take all the alertness I can take!
  • Thank you SO much for your reply. I totally needed to hear your suggestions.

    My first surgeon was a NS, my fusion doc is a ortho spine specialist. These surgeons want NOTHING to do with you once you're cut open and alive, I swear! I've been in terrible pain for the last month, and it took me 3 weeks to get an appointment with him. They're all too busy.
    His nurse yelled at me, so to speak...when I told her my Darvocet wasn't working. I really hate it when my docs leave me hanging in pain. That happened before my first surgery, my PCP didn't think anything was wrong, and gave me Ibuprofen and a muscle relaxer. I ended up in the ER about 5 times, 'cause he wouldn't give me anything for the pain...or order a MRI. Neither did the hospital. One night at 3am, I called an ambulance, cause I thought I was gonna die. Well, they finally did a MRI...and they told me I was being admitted, and I needed an emergency laminectomy. I felt like "there doc, take THAT! There IS indeedy something horribly wrong with me!"

    I'm just afraid my doc isn't gonna take care of me tomorrow. I mean, I do need a referal to the PM doc. I did see them for a year before this last surgery, and the PM DOC was REALLY nice. I hope he'll give me a two week supply of SOMETHING that works while I'm waiting for an appointment with the PM, and will listen to my concerns, feelings, and limitations.I just don't wanna be left hanging in such bad pain. I basically have to cancel my life, and appointments...which makes me depressed, cause I can't function, ya know?

    I LOVED your idea of the pain journal, I think that'll really help me, and the fiance. There are still other people, like my soon to be in-laws, and my parents, who yell at me to get off the pain meds. I try to explain my pain, but it's so subjective...especially over the phone, that they still don't get it.

    I shall mention the Norco to my doc tomorrow, you're totally right about the Tylenol! I don't need liver problems too :(

    Sorry about the little book I just wrote :) Thanks again!

    Samantha
  • My advice for yo is about your medicine and family members (and future family members)... just don't tell them about what you're takin! I don't talk to anyone besides my husband about what I take. It's not any of their business and EVERYONE will have an opinion about what you should or shouldn't be taking. The only people that won't tell you what you should be doing are fellow sufferers, unless you ask for their advice.
    Good luck with your upcoming appointment... I hope you are able to get some medicine to help you get some relief!
  • I was taking acetaminophen+codeine for chronic daily headaches for over 10 years and my wife was convinced that I was addicted to the codeine even though I was taking less than the maximum daily dosage. Every time she saw me taking it I would get a scowl from her (at best) or at worst comments about how I was addicted to the stuff! It gets to the point where we feel we have to hide the medication from our significant other and only take it when they are not around or not looking, which in turn makes us (or at least made me) feel somewhat bad as I don't like having to hide things from my wife.

    Even discussing it with my doc and my wife, and having my doc explain to my wife that at the amounts that I was taking was not going to cause addiction, or cause me any other harm, only helped her understanding in the short term.

    Thankfully, I have found other ways now to fix my chronic daily headaches so I dont take the stuff any more.

    As said by others, one of the biggest problems is that unless you suffer from chronic pain you have absolutely no idea what a chronic pain suffer goes through day in day out.
    Keep positive!

    Bruce

    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • Thanks Terrie, I like the smiley by the way ;)

    You know, you're absolutely right about not telling my mother in law about my meds. I do have another question though...my dad (who lives outta state) will ask me if I'm off my pain meds, do I lie to him? I'm not sure how to handle that 'sitch.


    My appointment went...so so...the doc

    1)gave me Vicodin
    2)gave me predinsone to help with this flare up
    3)took me outta my back brace =D>
    4)discontinued my bone growth stimulator
    5)said I'm pretty well fused!!!!!!! Yay!

    BUT thinks I MAY have another herniated disc above the fusion site...so L3-ish I guess :|

    He wanted to do a myelogram (sp?), but will settle for an MRI for now.

    I'm sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo done with the invasive procedures!!!!!
    The discogram was HELL, I can't do another similar test [(

    All and all, I'll take the good news with the bad.
  • "Reading this site it seems like everybody just asks the DR.for different drugs and they get them no problem."

    I'm sorry - but that is not a fact. We ALL have struggled and have dealt with not getting treated medically as we would have hoped to be.
    A lot of us have a long road behind us that you may not exactly know about.
    Myself, for example, I have been injured for over 2 years and have only began my pain treatment appropriately in March. That is only 6 months. I had a good amount of "untreated" time as well.

    This just struck a cord with me, I could elaborate a little more, but in fear that my pain is talking - I'll just let it go.

    But please keep in mind, we do not just go to the doctor and say 'ow' and walk out with a morphine pump.

    Alina
  • I wouldn't totally lie to him. If my family or in-laws ask about my meds, my DH or myself will tell them that I only take a couple a day and not trying to take them at all unless the pain is too intense. This way they kinda hear what they want and I am not fully lying about the meds. I know it sucks to lie but at the same time I look at it as ease of mind on their part.
    If you don't think that he would be happy with that, then YES say that you are off of the meds and that the doc prescribed you prednisone for the flare ups and that is it. Sometimes we need to tell little white lies to make our lives easier when we know that we are doing nothing wrong. Narcotics have such a stigma and we hear it from everyone! I would be sure to let your fiance know what you plan on telling family members also. In all reality it is nobody's business but YOURS!!! OF course we want to be able to tell our signifigant others but some of us cant. I am lucky to be able to be open and honest about it all. And just let him know that the rest of the family doesn't need to know your PERSONAL business and that the meds are between you and your doc. But since you have included him in on it that he needs to respect your privacy and not tell anyone or speak negatively about them
  • Maybe you can just tell him that you've got it under control... just gettin' by. I'm not really sure. My family has just got to the point where they don't talk about it with me. When I'm having a different conversation with them (not asking me about medication), I tell them about someone asking me about my meds and how mad it made me (even if that never happened). I just want them to get the hint that it's not OK to ask about it. If I offer up the info, that's different. It's OK to talk about it if I bring it up. It will all work out for you!
    Hate to hear about the myelogram. I have had one before and it sucked! I don't know how they can make that test NOT be horrible.">image It IS a good diagnostic test though! Grin and bear it!!!
  • My husband hates narcotics; the way they make him feel and doesn't like taking medicines on a regular basis. But he understands my situation and he rather see me function a little instead of being bedridden in agony. He trusts that I take them responsibly, and I always communicate with him. Let's say, if I couldn't remember when I took a dose, he'd let me know.
    Just tell your dad that chronic pain sufferers who have to take pain pills for a long time have little to no risk of getting addicted, if they take it as prescribed. It's to allow you to function, so that you can be at family gatherings, instead of home because you're in too much pain. Especially if travel is involved. And once you've been on pain meds for a long time, you have no high (from my experience). It is especially true of long acting meds which are released slowly in your system. I take Fentanyl patches but still require Norco for breakthru pain. Everyone is different, and their medicines are tailored to fit their specific needs.
    If your father won't listen at all, maybe this issue should stay in between you and your doctor. I know this is hard, and you don't want to lie to no one. But I must tell you that there have been instances where family members have felt compelled to take the meds away and get rid of them. I really hope you and your dad will be able to communicate. Let him read some of the post of people here who are suffering and are trying to get thru the day. I'm sure it'll be an eye opener.
  • The Pain Meds Stigma...

    is so unfair to those of us who take our meds appropriately. It wouldn't even be a stigma at all if people didn't abuse them by taking more than they're supposed to, sell them, take them when they weren't prescribed for them, and sometimes die as a result of abuse. Unfortunately, this isn't the case and will likely never BE the case. As a result of this, you and I have to suffer. Some feel they have to hide the meds from their loved ones, some feel they have to lie and say they don't take them, some actually feel they can't take them even tho they need them...it's extremely unfair, but as with everything in life that started out positive..it suffers at the hands of the few.

    Perhaps I've just become more hard-nosed as I've gotten older, because I was once the pleaser that always wanted to make everyone else happy, and today I'm more about honesty, integrity, trust, and protecting myself. As such, I don't feel the need to reveal what medications I'm taking, but I don't hide the fact either. Most people that know I take narcotic pain meds don't seem to have a problem with it. As far as the few that have? Tough...it isn't anyone's damn business anyway. It's between my Doctors and myself-period!
  • I completely understand what you are going through, especially with telling your family that you are on narcotics. I agree with everyone else though, if you think your father will make you feel guilty or bad about yourself, then just keep it between you and your doctor. My father does not know I am on pain meds. He is 'el naturale' anyways...lol (doesnt believe in deoderant) If he knew, he would lecture me over and over and ask me a whole bunch of questions that I just cannot deal with. When I get stressed out, I end up being in even more pain! [( So, I do get where you are coming from. My mother and my brother do know, and although they had a hard time with it at first, I invited them to come with me to my Doctor's appt (me,mom, and bro are very close) and they did. When the Doctor explained everything that was wrong with me and also told them that she did not start me on the pain meds and I have taken everything in the medical dictionary as far as pain meds go, then went to oxycodone. They are understanding. My husband is pretty cool about it, until he hears someone else complaining about pain meds or someone telling him about someone else's addiction, then he starts in on me. There is a huge difference between being addicted and being dependent. If you are taking meds to feel "fuzzy or high" yes you may have a problem. If you depend on meds to take away pain, as most of us are, then why is it such a big deal?? Sorry for the book I wrote just wanted to let you know its ok to keep things personal at times. ;)



    Take Care & God Bless :H
  • If you are in chronic pain, and it is documented and supported by doctors, tests, imaging, etc, no one should be treating you like an addict for having to take pain medicines. For however long it may be, that's my belief.
    I had never heard of an asthmatic, diabetic, heart disease patient being ridden about their medications. Chronic pain is no different. Even when there is proof that someone is in pain, pain is still somewhat subjective. But doctors know what condition causes a lot of pain. Like the worst top of the list, I think would be cancer pain. Different conditions causes different types of pain, in my opinion.
    And as you all well know, back pain is very painful and debilitating. And if you have nerve pain along with it, it is excrutiating. We need the medication to ease our suffering, and different treatments like injections, PT, nerve blocks to help us. Quality of life is what we're striving to improve. I feel we should be looked down upon for having to take narcotics.

  • Excellent post meydey! You're absolutely right, we should not be looked down upon because we rely on pain meds in order to have some semblence of happy life!

    Thank you for reiterating what so many of us feel in our every day lives! God bless you! >:D<
  • That's a great compliment, thank you.
    The medical field has made a lot of strides in pain treatment. You see the faces of pain on the wall at the hospital. They encourage patients to tell their nurse when they hurt because it's difficult to bring down the pain once it skyrockets. It's no longer, you just have to live with the pain.
    Slowly people are beginning to understand. I wish there were more spots on the news or more awareness of chronic back pain and conditions, so people would know why sometimes we have to take these drugs to be able to function and have a life.
    I have a relative who is a cancer survivor and amputee (bone cancer), and also has herniated discs and DDD, and damaged carpal tunnel nerves in both hands. She feels ashamed about taking Vicodin and waits until the pain get bad. She has wound up in the hospital for pain control. I told her about long acting drugs like Fentanyl, but I don't know if she'll take anything like that.
  • No need for thanks hun, but I do appreciate it! :)

    You're so right about the need to continue educating people on chronic pain and it's effects. There's so many things I wish I could teach the world! My current "baby" is trying to find ways to be better able to advocate for injured workers as well as chronic pain sufferers. Sooner or later I'm going to stumble upon the right people and maybe I can do lectures at med schools (this has been one of my goals for when I'm able to finish my 2nd degree and start working on my Masters in the same field) in addition to helping people in online communities such as this, through various community organizations such as community action agencies and mental health departments, red cross, salvation army, etc. Maybe if I can start taking this advocacy to higher levels I'll be able to snag a slot on the evening or morning news programs or other such shows! I am of the opinion that we simply cannot educate the general public enough on the millions of various medical conditions that aren't widely known in society. (also the same with the rights of the injured worker and the screwed up system that goes against them!)

    Someday I WILL be able to make my voice heard as I speak out for us "little guys"!

    Thank you for your kind words and your obvious interest in the cause! :) =D>

    Oh, BTW, the relative you wrote about not being big on taking narcotics...what if you could get her Doctor to prescribe the fentanyl patches? That way she wouldn't have the ups and downs and the euphoria type effects which are probably at least part of the reaon she's anti-opiods? If you just have the Doctor explain the safety and effectiveness of the fentanyl and the fact that there are usually little to no side effects (or if there are, they go away fairly quickly) so she would ultimately end up feeling like she isn't on any med at all, other than if she still needs a BT med, that is? Sure can't hurt to try!
  • Never feel guilty about asking for pain relief if you need it. Like so many have said no one who hasn't suffered chronic pain can know what its like or judge you. The best advice I ever heard (altho I don't always follow it myself!) is not to chase the pain - so not to wait til the pain is bad before hitting it with the drugs - getting to it before it gets really bad makes life more bearable and its true.

    Over here in the uk we don't get such good drugs as in the states! I was given lyrica after my surgery and when I went to my GP to get a refill prescription she said "you realise these are £1 a tablet so remember that when you are taking them"!!!! As though I would be taking them if I didn't need them and I pay more than enough taxes and paid for all of my surgery out of my medical insurance so I think I am entitled to a prescription!! It really upset me.

    I know what you mean about ns/orthos not wanting to have much to do with you once you have had the op. I feel like a burden on my consultant telling him I am still in pain despite the op. Getting an appointment is harder than getting a table at the Ivy!

    We just have to do what's right to make our own lives more bearable and fight to get the medical attention we need and deserve

    N
  • That would just rock. With your background, education, and experience with this pain, it could work. I will be watching you on the Today show,you can count on that. Continue with persuing your Master's, I think that so wonderful. It's very encouraging to see someone moving ahead and have the motivation to get things done. B)
    As for as my relative, she lives out of town, and she is also set in her own ways. She'll listen, but if it's already in her mind not to do it, she won't. Her PM doctors have been trying for years to get her on long acting meds, and she is afraid to try them. Oh, I wish she would; it would help her much better. She tries to hold off as long as she can before taking her Vicodin, and it has landed her in the ER for doing that; we all tell to take her meds once the pain starts. Last month I did tell her about Fentanyl since I'm on it. I feel nothing while on. Only when I was on the 3 day schedule and the levels dropped and my pain increased. With the 2 day schedule, I put the new one on in the morning, and leave the old one on until bedtime. My doctors said I won't get too much of it, because on patch is building up, while the old patch is going down. I experience no ups and downs.


    Hi Nicola75, you have every right to take your Lyrica; you need it on a regular basis. I can understand how you feel about going to your surgeon and dreading to tell them you still have problems. How long do you have to wait to see them? Are they giving you other medicines along with Lyrica? How long are you post op?
  • Hey meydey (great name btw!) I am 11 weeks post op a revision l5s1 microdiscectomy and still suffering bad radiculopathy and neuro pain. Saw my NS yesterday and he just said I need to carry on with physio and stretching the nerve out.

    I only have Lyrica prescribed - sometimes I wish I was in the US and get some decent painkillers!! Over here they only give you lyrica or gabapentin (neurontin) for nerve pain!

    N
  • There are days when I feel I'm going to explode or chaos will ensue shortly. :) Are you serious, that's all they give in the UK? Ouch! Is there some anti narcotic belief among doctors there? I know there is a UK version of Vicodin there, but I don't know the name of it. Couldn't they at least give you that, it's not a very strong medication. It's a short acting one, mainly taken for breakthru pain along with Morphine, etc, commmonly prescribed here for post op and chronic back pain. I hope for a speedy recovery for you.
  • Ah thanks meydey. When I was immediately post op they sent me home with some codeine and nsaids but that was it. For the nerve pain just the lyrica or neurontin - they seem to think cos my pain is just nerve related I don't need anything else!!!! To be honest if I can make it without taking too many drugs I will - altho a muscle relaxer sounds awesome after a brutal physio session!!

    Are you on anything else aaprt from the fentanyl?

    N
  • DO you have back pain still. If so, they need to give you something for it, because Lyrica isn't for back pain. Neurontin doesn't quite cut it for me when I have muscle spasms from hell, and that's why I am still on Valium. There are other muscle relaxers out there, but I was given this after my fusion. They have Soma, Skelaxin, Flexeril; that's to name a few.
    The meds I'm on besides the Fentanyl patches are Valium 10 mg, Neurontin 100 mg, Norco 10/350, and Naproxen 500 mg. When I have a bad flare of severe pain, I'm given steroids to bring down the inflammation.
    So, if you're back is bothering you, ask your doctor if he can prescribe codeine for you. It is not as strong as Vicodin, I believe, and it is a short acting medication.
    Get well soon
  • I just had to laugh at you're wishlist....a spine transplant!

    I say that alllllllllll the time :))(

  • I can relate to the pain meds stigma. My pm doctor is wonderful, usually. But he has a nurse/receptionist that works for him and I feel like she makes alot of patients feel like dirt for needing pain medication for their pain. She has done things like "scold" people for not bringing in their bottles of meds to each appt. I saw the signs a few years ago when I first began seeing my PM doctor, and I asked him about it, he said not to worry about bringing my bottles, the next visit I brought them, no one even bothered to look. I have not brought them in about 2 years. She tells me this week that since the doc is changing my meds I can't have them yet because I didn't bring my bottle of Norco with me (changing me from Norco to Roxicodone) So, she says my choice is not filling the script for the new one until first week of Oct. or bringing the rest of the Norco in and she will then release the script. Since I live about 60 miles from this doctor I said no, just give me the script marked for the 8th of Oct. I have NEVER asked for early re-fills, always complied with urine screeing, if a doctor gave me a script for pain meds I would bring the script to them so they could mark my chart and destroy the script. Also, in the past when I was put on Opana and it made me sick I brought the whole bottle of opana back to them so they could log it in my file.
    I get sick of the way some folks stigmatize us for having pain and needing help. I recognize the goverment is coming down on PM doctors and I am all for being careful but to try and make a patient feel like a drugseeker should not be allowed in any office.
  • At my PM clinic, they are so nice. I don't have to bring in no bottles. I had one drug screen so far. The PA's are caring and respectful. That lady needs a laxative or something because she needs not to treat people like that. I'm sure if she were to develop chronic pain, her tune would change real fast.
    I never feel bad when I'm given my scripts by anyone at the office. Even at the pharmacy, they know of my back problems and surgeries, and I'm treated well. I'm not looked down on, and last time there, I was told there;s a lot of patients like me coming in with back problems not solved by surgeries.
    That's how things should be, but there's others here that have dealt with that treatment and had to change doctors or pharmacies.
    Hold your head up. You are prescribed these meds for a legit reason. We don't need our MRI's on our person to justify our pain. People do see it in our eyes.
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    I think you read my post wrong, I wasn't implying anything against anyone on this site. I completly understand the trials and tribulations everyone goes through because I have them myself.

    What I meant is that when I read what people have to say here about medications, it seems that some have an easier time of getting through to their Dr. than I do. I feel bad telling the Dr. that I hurt and asking for help, that's all I meant....just that it seems easy for others to discuss the issues with Docs, than it is for me and I'm frustrated because I'm in pain and it seems impossible to get relief. Not at all that it's easy for everyone here to get meds!!

    I'm sorry I upset you, that wasn't my intention at all.

    I hope you feel better, and again I do apologize for not writing clearly enough and causing you to misunderstand what I was trying to say. :)
  • My wife was diagnosed with chronic migraines when she was 12 years old. She's been thru all kinds of tests and re-tests and even more re-tests. Finally her Neurologist just gave up and said there is no one cause that we can fix or that she can avoid. So she gets Imitrex and a monthly Rx of Dilaudid 4mg tabs. She doesn't use the Dilaudid in exactly 30 days, usually within 45 to 60 days.

    I used to rip her apart for taking them regularly. Telling her that after a while when she doesn't take it she'll get rebound migraines (which is true).

    Well, after my accident and the developments in my spinal issues hit the "chronic" catergory, I now understand what she goes thru, in fact with my high threshold for pain I'd say I'm suprised I take as little as I do on a daily basis.

    All in all it does come down to the individual.
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