Hi. I've been reading posts from this site for a little while now, and though my chronic pain issue is not primarily back pain, I find that you all are very informative and supportive of eachother, so I decided to join, ask a question or two, and maybe lend a hand through sharing my experiences. I hope it is okay that I'm here, being that, like I said, my pain is not mainly due to/located in my back. If not, please let me know. If it's okay to be here, thanks in advance for any and all experiences, advice, stories, questions, and anything else!
My main issue with my chronic pain seems to be related to the medications I take to keep it in check. My dosages are EXTREMELY high right now, and while my pain is certainly the least it's been since I was first placed on a medication regimen, I am concerned that there is no flexibility or room for the eventual increase. What I mean by that is: I'm 32, and have had chronic pain due to several injuries sustained in several different auto accidents, and am already on a vey very high dose of medication to keep the pain at bay. Since I'm already on this insanely high dose, what happens when I become MORE tolerant, and there is no way to increase the amount I take, without killing myself? Fortunately, this hasnt been an issue yet, but it very well could become one. I had been thinking that if I can somehow significantly lower my current dosage, then my body may re
adjust, and if I need to go up after that, there is room. I also was thinking that if it is possible, I'd like to begin working out again, and get rid of the 80 lbs. of goo that I have gained (yes, I know, holy cow that is a LOT!) since the last accident, and the resulting surgeries. The weight loss should help by not only reducing the amount of weight my battered and broken frame has to carry around, but also (in theory) wouldn't I then have to take less medication, since I would have less weight overall, or am I too tolerant for losing weight to have that affect: IE a 100 pound woman doesn't take the same amount of medication as a 200 pound man does. If weaning down is a good idea, what would bethe best way to approach it without going into withdrawal, and at what point do you stop? Can I switch medications from one I am taking to another type to sort of "shock" my system, or does the system work that way? What other options are out there that I could try, maybe even a combination of options? I've tried the TENS stimulator, Fentynl (?sp.) patches, all kinds of oral and injected analgesic medications, narcotic, and non. I've also tried neropathic meds, steroids, muscle relaxants, and even an antidepressant (I think it is an antidepressant, but I was told it would help with pain at night, because I don't want to take Ambien again, after walking to McDonalds, ordering and eating four quarter pounders, three fries, and 20pc chicken nuggets, barfing ALL of that up, walking next door to the bar, ordering a coke, and tipping the waitress $3700.00), as well as loads of other dual purpose medications and therapies. I also had a test done to see if I would be a good candidate for an implanted spinal stimulator, but was told by the neurologist that the damage I have is far to extensive, the scar tissue, calcified bone, and hardware are in the way, and the nerves are not in a predictable enough location to be able to effectively implant the leads, so that was ruled out too. I know these questions seem a bit vague, and frivolous, but I am truly concerned that if my meds stop working at 40, I'm going to be living a miserable existence for the following 45-50 years, and I figured that the best time to decrease my pain med dosage, which will obviously lead to an increase in pain, is now while I'm not that old, and can theoretically endure a bit more pain than I may be able to when my body begins to have the aches and pains that come along with old age. Any coments, questions, stories, advice, etc. will be greatly appreciated