As some of you may remember, my pain management doc wants me to ween off my meds. He told me this back in late Oct. early Nov. I asked him if we could wait til January, as the holidays are so busy, and he agreed.
He wants me off my meds to see my "true" pain, as pain meds tend to mask some other symptoms. At first I was skeptical about his tactic (thinking maybe he thought I didn't need them, etc) until I met with my primary doc. She explained to me that this is common practice among PM's. And as a matter of fact, her father was going through the same thing with his PM when I had my appt. with her.
So, wish me luck! I am so nervous. I don't really mind coming off the meds, but I'm just so nervous about the pain I am going to have. The meds I take keep me "steady", so to speak, and don't take all the pain away. I can't imagine what it's going to be like when I'm in a lot of pain and can't take anything to help it.
I will only be off for 1 month, and then he will put me back on them. But that month I'm afraid is going to be terrible. I normally take 3 a day, and as of yesterday am taking 2 a day. Then next Monday I start taking 1 a day. I am weening off weekly.
I will pop in to let you know how I am doing. If any of you have done this before, I would really appreciate your experience.