I am 29 years old and after dealing with Spinal Stenosis, 5 budging discs, degenerative disc disease and arthritis. I felt uneasy about the thought of going to pain management. After seeing my PCP and the limits of what she could do for me, I put it off for 3 months and finally made an appointment for a pain management specialist. The doctor prescribed me lortab and zanaflex. They work. I am able to stand for long periods of time and feel 50% better. They do not totally take the pain away, but make it manageable.
Here comes my conundrum. My parents are both in the medical field. My mother was a nurse for about 30 years. They were worried a few months ago when I mentioned going to a pain management doctor. They do not want me to get addicted. They are that good of parents that they worry. I love that. We are close and I live about 1 mile from them. I talk to them about everyday and spend time with them.
I saw a pain management doctor last month for the first time. My dad has shingles and back problems. My g/f mother has herniated disc and the rest of what I have and so does her moms b/f. I told them and they did not seem even a bit concerned. Just have not told my parents.
I have been keeping this a secret from them for a few weeks. I so badly want to tell them, but I am afraid of their reaction and do not want them to think badly of me or judge me. I am a recent college graduate and have an IT job. They are so proud of me for the changes I have made in life since I was always going in circles with my life in the past.
I also have Bi-Polar and Anxiety and have had ADHD and more diagnosis in the past. I have been on many many psych meds since I was 6. They know I was on Klonopin for about 8 years since I was 20 and they where not a bit concerned. The combination of that and Lithium was not helping anymore. They were worried at first when I told them my doctor tried me on Xanax and Lamictal and my mom was just extremely worried.
Now that my life has turned for the better since then and I finished school (dropped out in 2004) my dad brags about me and my parents even wrote a note to my psychiatrist telling them how thankful they were she found a combination of drugs that really helped.
How should I approach my parents about this while not feeling uneasy and anxious and expecting the worst??