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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in New Member Introductions
There are so many ill people out there suffering everyday with chronic pain. I'm one and have several health conditions causing the pain. Arthritis alone for me is so rough and the areas are the feet,ankles,knuckles,and back along with a bulging disk. Been in this condition for over 5-6 yrs. I've been perscribed so many different medications by my family doctor beginning with non-narcotics. In time the narcotic patch was perscribed, did not help, given norco 10/325 to take along with the patch applied to my skin for a few years, It helped.. Guess what, pain comes back in a couple hours. Over the years the pain progressed. Hard to believe off the pain scale. My family doctor then gave me percocet 10/325mg. Did not help. Did everything possible. Finally I was sent to a pain management doctor, reviewed all my MRI, CT Scans, X-Rays and indicated the meds I was getting was not close to what I needed. Took this doctor a few times to get me on the right type to give me relief. Oxycotin ER 40mg. along with Percocet 5/325 for break-thru pain. This worked much better and was told with Arthritis Disease my pain will not completely go away, only will make me comfortable which is so true. Progressing pain, in two years I have raised to 80mg. along with the percocet. Over all my pain will be with me but not as bad. If anyone does not know what break-thru is, it's actually something to help and take in between, like a brother/sister. The Extended Relief is for 12hr. relief, if the pain is not stable, the second drug is to help. Now comes the time when you automatically get accused of abuse and have an addiction because of the type of drugs thats perscribed. Other doctors as in Rh doctors, specialist will state i'm on some powerful drugs. Quick to be judged, not knowing how bad a patients pain is, quick to assume and all that abuse their meds, we suffer from it. Oxycotin is highly rated for abuse, and I have been on them for 4 years and never, ever abused them, I get a pill count every month, random urine testing and all checks out fine every month. My doctor had so much confident in me, he stop counting my pills, I would still have my bottles out on the table just in case. If anyone is in this situation, stand up for yourself and the abusers will be caught sooner or later. All my life I had a high tolerance for anything, majority of what I'm dealing with is genetic, hereditary. Don't judge anyone if you really don't know what or how they are really feeling.


  • I'm so sorry you're going through this - as if the pain weren't enough of a nightmare on its own! It does seem like your history should show the doctors that you're not asking for drugs to abuse...
    I hope they start treating you with more respect. Doctors are supposed to "do no harm," but they often don't realize how damaging their words and behaviors can be, and it seems like they forget that they're dealing with individual people, not statistics.
    Good for you for standing up for what you need, and I hope it gets easier...

  • i just read your post and am glad you have stuck up for all of us that are in pain. we dont want to be high we just want a little relief so we can live our lives....
  • Welcome to SH :H I'm glad that you have the courage to stand up for yourself and demand respect. Most of us are in the same predicament as you and we need our meds to function at a basic level. I've been through it all..meds, procedures, injections, surgeries, and had x-rays, MRI's, ct's, etc and they all confirm the amount of pain I'm in. I go to pain mgt too and the doctors and staff have treated me very well and they understand my pain.

    Take care and I hope you get relief from your pain.
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. Well, you've been a member only a few short hours and have made only one post and already you're talking about what so many of us have discussed here on these forums. We all fight the nasty glances from friends or wordless tsk tsks of the pharmacists, some more than others, but I doubt any one of us who take narcotics has not experienced this in one form or another at one time or another.

    At least we know in our own minds what we need to function, meds or no meds, and frankly it's nobody's business but our own.

    I'm glad you're strong and take care.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833
    in dealing with chronic pain. But please also look to the total package in what is needed to control and manage chronic pain. Its one thing to take some stronger dose of a pain medication for a while (that while can be 1 to 3 years), but you do not want to spend the rest of your life doing that.
    Click on FAQ and scroll down to you see the BLEND.
    I go into details as to what that really means.

    Reading your post, I couldnt tell what your doctors actually diagnosed you with. The arthritis, yes, that I can see, so many of us here have and have had it at an early age. You mention disc bulge. What disc is involved? Has your doctor discussed with you about any surgery to correct the situation?

    Stay strong and focused.... sometimes that is our best ally
    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
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