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1st time posting DDD cervical pain

I have been dealing with degenerative disc disease 5th and 6th cervical vert. for the past several years. Lots of pays therapy, 2 epidural cortisone shots. Nothing has helped. I am very proactive in pain prevention but I feel it is way out of my hands now. Cannot turn head without severe pain. My right shoulder and neck is solid as a rock. Loss of circulation and nerve pain down my arm and hand. Chasing around a 4 and 5 year old all day has made my life miserable since I just feels crippled in every move I make. Once in a blue moon my PCP will give me hydro codone but does not want to. I take Tramadol now. This has been life changing until my shoulder and neck seize up about once every other month. When this happens I NEED something stronger than Tramadol. I am currently in this position now and am told that they took off the Vicoden form my med list since I take Tramadol now. Why would I be asking for something stronger if the Tramadol was working. I am now made to feel like a junky trying to score some dope. I dont know what to do. How do I ask/DAMAND that I want something to help with the pain. My entire well being is shot. On top of this I have PTSD and Bipolar. Chronic physical pain does not have mercy on my mental health. Any advice? Thanks!


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  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 08/09/2013 - 11:51 AM

    I am very sorry to hear how much pain you are in and that your pain meds are not adequate to deal with it.
    I can't really offer much advice about your meds other than to ask to see your Pain Doctor and to let them know that you are not coping with your pain. I do know that these doctors are very careful these days about prescribing strong pain meds, and perhaps your other health problems are complicating things for you.

    Are there any other treatments that they could use to try to help with your pain? There is a lot of information on this site about possible treatments. Press the 'Treatment' button at the top of the page.

    I hope that you will keep posting here and get to know us better. I think that you will find being able to talk to people who understand and can sympathise with living in pain will be a great support for you. Just knowing that you are not alone in what you are experiencing can help.

    Looking forward to getting to know you better. :-)

  • Hi, Welcome and I totally understand!!! I am also on tramadol and it does not do very much when it comes to helping with the pain. But I deal. I also have muscle relaxers and those help sometimes. It really depends on my pain. Some days it is more muscular...other days it feels deeper into my bones, then the weird nerve pain and everyday is different. my kids are almost 7 and 9.5 and they keep me busy, drive me crazy! my neuro was refilling tramadol like it was PEZ... Now @ pain management they are much more strict about medication, I am to go back in Sept so I am going to ask for something stronger for the "bad" days. I had 4 last week...I lived in my bed. Luckily, nothing was going on that week and I could be lazy. I hate the true addicts and the drs that would write out numerous crazy opioid scripts!
  • I went back to my PCP last week and begged, I actually cried (I'm not a crier) but I became so frustrated with this demise I just broke down. She still said no to vicadin or any other opiate. I'm at a lossa nd this is killing my well being. I have to admit that I am dealing with bi-polar and PTSD but neither of these issues has anything to do with my back. I have had back/neck issues since I was young and only dealing w/ psych for a few years. I am feeling mentally better and have found my moods quite stable the past few months but when my neck spazzes out it just brings me way down again and helpless feeling. I am looked at as a junky everywhere I go. I am even followed in the drug stores since they think I am a their. I am a freak with tattooes and peircings and have my own unique way of dressing so I think upon meeting me people think I'm some kind of low life. so far from the truth. I have a wonderful family, longtime husband, 2 greta little kids, country setting massive garden, quiet peaceful way of life. I just am in so much crippling pain. It isnt constant. well, chronic and the tramadol works most of the time but every now and again sometimes more often some times less often it just gets so whacked out that I am crippled for a week or 2. I do all my stretches and moves everyday that I have learned through 3 appt. PT over the course of 4 years. Nothing else is left but surgery my dr said but I cant take the chance with surgery. I could end up worse off then I am. I'm not getting off on pain meds. If I took like 4 vicadin I might feel the effects but I do take them as prescribed sometimes less since I ry to stretch them anticipating worse pain the next day. Pot helps me relax but does not take away the pain. muscle relaxers of all kinds knock me out and do more bad then good when I take them before be. They knock me out so much that I dont think I even move in my sleep so I am all bound up for staying in the same position. I called my pcp the following day after being denied and she finally let me have 10 pills. I am now out today and my back is even worse. I AM DESPERATE. She could rpescribe them to me and control the dosage or I can just drink my self to numb. Thanks for reading my pathetic vent. :)
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