Hi. Frequent lurker, infrequent poster here. I have been dealing with pain in my lumbar region for 5 years now (ddd, spurs, herniation and osteo-arthritis). Have tried everything (except surgery - dr. says i am not a candidate). Had been on fentanyl patches until june when my family decided i was addicted and sent me to rehab (i went along to save my relationships). i knew i would have to detox from the patches but had been waiting for the dr's to "fix" my back first.
Now i know there is no solution to my pain and I don't want to go back on round-the-clock meds (don't want to return to that "zombie-like" state. I would like to be able to take something when the pain flairs up BUT my husband and family are adamantly against any form of opiod meds. I understand they don't want me to be like I was before but instead I have to suffer?
This stinks! Has anyone else been in a situation like this? I'm even starting a pain clinic and both the md and phd therapist think my husband should compromise.
Help! I'm in pain and frustrated!
PS - My father thinks surgery is the answer (even though no doc has recommended it and i've seen tons). besides, does he think i wouldn't take opiods after back surgery?!