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When is it okay to take Narcotics

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,662
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Pain Medications
Hello Everyone,

I have been in very severe pain for 2 1/2 years. I and my doctors had tried a lot of things that didn't work it has know been determined that I have a inflammed SI joint and I my have a autoimmune disorder (eith AS or Reactive arthritis) behind it but this is only a recent development. In July the VA started my on 7.5 hydrocodone before that I would refuse the narcotic pain meds or only take them for a few days. After having this problem for so long I just wanted some relief. Starting this month my VA doctor changed and the new one took me off the medicine and said I could get addicted. My civilian dr (who I really like) will not even consider the narcotic option. However, I sit here in level 10 or 9 pain and I am on my last couple pills of the loratab and I am just wondering how I am going to cope. I see a pain management specialist on Feb 12 would it be resonable to ask for pain meds or are they just exclusivily for cancer pain patients. With out the pain pills there is nothing else that I have tried that alleviates my pain what is someone like me suppose to do. I feel like I want to put a bullet in my brain (not because I want to die just to stop the pain)


  • it would be resonable to ask for pain medicne if you are in pain,i have been on vicadin es 7.5mgs for over ten years.i hope you get some pain relief,you take care
  • Cory (bigcat) is right! Alot of us here are long time pain folks who have been on pain meds for years and years. Pain is a sign that something is wrong, and the treatment (unfortunately for most of us) includes some kind of pain medication.

    It sounds like, to me anyway, that you have been doing all you can to manage it on your own, but we have to know it's ok to accept or ask for help!!

    I hope that you are able to get some additional medication before you run out of your Hydrocodone, and you get the relief you so desperately need. There are some really really great people here, so take comfort in knowing you have found a place that almost ALL of us can really relate.



    Don't resort to that last part in your post, ok? I know the feeling.... alot of us do, but there is something out there to help us we just can't give up looking.
  • I am so sorry you're being done this way. After all the sacrifices you have made, you deserve have the best medical treatment. I know how horrible the pain can be, and it is ignorant thinking on part of those doctors take you pain meds away in fear of you getting addicted. People who take narcotics for chronic pain have a very slim chance of that happening, so it is okay to take pain meds under supervision of a knowledgeable doctor. Pain management is not just for cancer patients, I see one for my chronic back pain and nerve problems in my legs. I've been on narcotic medications ever since I first herniated my lumbar spine and I never had any problems. As long as you take the meds as prescribed, you'll be okay.
    I am glad you have a pain mgt. appt in February. If I were you I'd call to make sure they don't do just injections only. You want an integrative pain clinic where they do everything, including prescribe pain killers. Don't let no one make you feel bad for taking them. We need them just like a diabetic needs insulin. If it weren't for pain mgt, I would have zero quality of life. They provide meds, psychiatric services (to help you w/depression & coping), epidural injections, pt, and implanting neurostimulator or morphine pumps.
    Are you able to go see a private doctor for pain pills to last you until your PM appt? You can try the ER if you have to; make sure you have your records and MRI report so they don't give you the 3rd degree. There is no need for you to suffer until seeing the specialist.
    I hope things work out for you and you get to feeling better. Please hang on, I know your pain and how horrible it is. Don't let it win, go to another doc and get it treated. We're here for you with advice and support whenever you need it. Please keep us updated on how you are because we care what happens to you.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,878
    of pain as you stated, you need to go to the Emergency Room. At those levels, it is totally unsafe to remain at home and try to treat it
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I completely agree with Ron!

  • bigcat90 said:
    it would be resonable to ask for pain medicne if you are in pain,i have been on vicadin es 7.5mgs for over ten years.i hope you get some pain relief,you take care
    exactly bigcat...that's my take on it also..."when in pain, only narcotics will keep you sane"
  • I've been on Fentanyl patches and Oxycodone for nearly a year now. I've just begun weaning off the Fentanyl (haven't worn one since Monday). I'm a little nauseated and shaky, but I'm doing okay. I only need a couple of the oxycodone during the day for breakthrough pain. If I was addicted, the withdrawal isn't that bad. I say go for the narcotics -- you deserve relief!!


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • First of all NO ONE should have to deal with pain that is at a level 10. EVER! Meydey was right in suggesting that you do some homework about the PM that you are going to. If they only do injections and the like you might want to find somewhere else. Oh and I hate when doctors use the word addicted. There is a huge difference in addiction and physical dependence. Addicts will lie, steal anything they have to to be able to get the drugs that they crave for a symptom that doesn't exist. Physical dependence on the other hand does happen to some people on certain drugs if they take them long term. But it's not like you're looking for drugs from a street dealer. You're asking your doctor to help you with your very legitimate pain. I hope your Pain Management doctor will work with you on getting your pain down to something manageable and will NEVER use the word addicted. Best wishes to you and if you can't make it until your appointment by all means go to the ER.
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