I have severe back and shoulder pain that is constant. I take #10 mg percocet 3 x's a day but it just keeps the pain manageable. There is nothing that can be done, no surgery...and I've tried PT, and other non-medicated type treatments and the only thing that seems to help are the meds. I have talked to my Dr. and realize the addiction factor, but I choose that over the option of dealing with the pain on a day to day basis. There are days that i wouldn't be able to get out of bed without my meds, it's that bad.
I occasionally run out of my meds at the end of the month and I usually don't tell my doctor because of the stigma attached to it. They act like I'm Michael Jackson or something. I feel like they look down at me and treat me like a dope fiend. I hate that, so instead, I go out and buy some to last me til the end of the month. I only deal with percocet and it's surprisingly hard to find people who sell the, I don't deal with many people so I'm not out there to really know where to get them. I don't just go out and buy whatever I can get or deal with other drugs. So even though I know I have an addiction, I don't consider myself a drug addict.
How can i deal with my doctors view of taking pain medications and what can I do when I do run short? I would appreciate any feedback anyone has to offer.