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Seeing My Doctor Today!!

patwhite101ppatwhite101 Posts: 1,213
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:36 AM in Chronic Pain
I have been having a very rough time of it since I fell last week.
I injured my shoulder struggling to get up and am in a lot of pain. Both in my shoulder and back in my legs again.
I have had to cut out all my pain medication because it has been making my legs swell.
They swell up huge and feel just awful. Look and feel like they will burst. I can't wear my shoes either because my feet swell so bad too.
I have tried fluid pills to get the swelling down but no help at all!! I keep my legs elevated....even that does not help.
The only way I can get the swelling down is to cut out all pain meds.
I am going to ask my Doctor to change my pain meds if he will. He does not want to give me any pain meds period!!
To cut out all your pain medication is rough when you really need it so very bad but when it is doing you harm that's what you have to do!!
I do really well on the pain medication I am taking except for the swelling in my legs. I can't stand that.
I am on 15mg Ohycodone every 4 hours. Has anyone else had this problem with this pain medication??
Thanks for listening. Will let you know what my Doctor says today.
Patsy W
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Comments

  • Sorry to hear you haven't recovered very well from your fall. I hope the doctor can do something for you today, good luck!!! I never had that problem with oxycodone, but I just stopped taking amitriptyline, which I took to help with sleep and hoping it would help with pain as well. The only thing I could tell it really helped with is gaining weight!! I go to see my PM this morning, and I'm going to ask him about different meds as well. I also get my nerve block shot, I can't wait, as at least it gives me some relief for a day, and I get to catch up on rest.
    I hope your doc can give you something to help you out!!! And I hope you had a great weekend with your visitors in spite of the fall!!!
    Kelly
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • But have never had it happen to me. I am so sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble, please let us know what your doctor tells you today.

    I have a lot of swelling but they say mine is from the pressure on the L5 and S1 nerves. It is something that at times drives me NUTS. My feet and legs swell so bad that I can barely walk (and that is with a walker) to and from the bathroom.

    I have never been on this med before, and it sounds like a good one from all that I have read, I am very sensitive to pain meds, (they all make me extremely sick), I take Percocets 7.5, and have to break them in half and take parts every 2 hours to keep from getting sick. Meds to help queasiness do not seem to be helping at all.

    Sorry to have rambled on here, but please let us know how things go today. I too am seeing my dr today. Oh yea !

    Hugs
    Kathy
  • Good luck at your appointment today. I am praying you will have an easy time with the doctor regarding the pain medication you so desperately and obviously need. Maybe the meds are not the cause of swelling. I hope you get answers today!

    Take care,
    Melissa
  • who said you had to cut out pain meds? i don't believe narcotics cause swelling. swelling can be caused by inactivity. why won't he give you pain meds? i would get a new dr if he is closed minded to pain meds. it sounds like he is using swelling as an excuse to not give you pain meds. drs who don't like narcotics seem to make uo stories so they won't have to give them out. or better yet
    they lie so they don't have to give out pain meds
    get a new dr or a pain dr if you have pain
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • Can't wait to hear how the dr visit goes for you. Hope he gives you some relief.
    I've been down the last couple of days. Threw my back and neck out. Trying to relax.
    Take care and luv u girl!
  • Am back from the Dr.
    He seems to think I tore my rotor cuff and has perscribed PT.
    Neither would he change my pain meds. Am still on the same thing. He did not think the swelling is caused by the meds but if you do not take it and no swelling that's proof enough for me.
    I ask hem what to do about my legs swelling and he said to do the same thing I had been doing....stop taking my meds!! Well DUH!!
    I am his first and only chronic pain patient and he really does not know how to treat my pain. He does not feel qualified. Soooo send me to someone who can treat my pain!!
    Sheesh....I am gonna lay down for a while.
    Thanks Everyone
    Patsy W
  • boy you have had an up and down ride. one of these days i hope your situation stabilizes in a good situation.
    we all are hoping you improve....pete
  • :( Bless your heart! Just when you were starting to feel better the fall you took puts other things in motion.

    I have a question. You've been on pain meds for a while -- when did you notice the swelling in your legs? Is this fairly new? Did you start on new pain pills and then the swelling started?

    Is the pain in your feet back? I hope not.

    Sending you a >:D< and an O:) to watch over you while you're feeling ill.

    Get some rest and take care,

    Judy
  • When the Dr has only you for a Chronic pain patient, ask him/her to send you to an pain person or Neurologist/or Anesthesiologist, at least they know how to treat pain.

    Some are getting certified in the pharmacology of pain management as well. They know what to do and how to sort it out.
  • or you might want to try a physiatrist. They also practice pain management, just like the docs that are trained as anesthesiologists and interventional pain management docs. Read about the specialty here:

    http://www.aapmr.org/condtreat/what.htm

    I have found them to be more helpful than those who come to the specialty from anesthesiology. They have many more tricks in their bag other than drugs and medications.

    My MIL just had a similar fall and tore her rotator cuff. They are now trying to decide whether she needs surgery for it, after having had 2 months' worth of physical therapy. I hope yours is just sprained and that you will not need surgery.

    I'm praying you feel better soon.

    xx Gwennie


  • What am I gonna do with you sweetie? O:) I'm sorry you're going through so much and you need a break from all of this. I hope your shoulder gets better after PT and that you can avoid surgery. I also agree that it's time to ask for a PM referral because it's obvious your family doctor doesn't know how to handle chronic pain patients. It would be better to just get in with a PM doctor who will prescribe meds and also deal with your SCS. Take care >:D<
  • You are a most amazing person to remain so upbeat in the face of such limitations and pain! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    As for this situation, it sounds like you need to be under the care of a different doctor. This one is not adequately treating you, in my opinion.
    Linda

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
  • OH! I am so sorry to hear of the outcome from your Dr's. appt. So what does he want you to do? be in pain and not have swelling issues - or having swelling issues and not be in pain ? :/

    Can you request a different Dr.?

    Hope the rest does you some good - know I am thinking of you :)
  • I have not been here much. Shoulder is giving me fits.
    I will be back in a few days to answer all your wonderful comments.
    It's hard to use my right arm and pain meds do very little.
    Sheesh.....It's a never ending battle for us "spineys"!!! Is it not????
    You fall down and fall down...and get up broken all over again!!
    Hug to Everyone... >:D<
    Patsy W
  • You just take are of yourself the best you can and know we will be here for you when your able to talk to us again :)
  • Wishing you well. You are in my thoughts.
    I'm doing a little better today. I'll be back more in a couple of days, too.
    Keep taking it easy, you're such a strong woman. I know being down sux for all of us.
    Just knowing we aren't alone in our pain gives us strenghth to keep going!
    You do need to see about a new dr, though. Someone with more patience for a chronic pain patient. He really needs to figure out why your legs are swelling like they do.
    Sheesh, if it's not the meds, it's something!! ?????
    Luv ya girl, big hugs!!!!


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