I'm new to the site, & not sure I'm posting in the right area, here goes: like I think pretty much everyone on this forum, I need some kind of narcotic if I even have half a chance to make it through the day (I'm currently on Norco, which isn't a miracle drug, but it helps some). In no way does this make me feel "loopy", "high", or whatever. I just had 250 mg of demoral for the nerve burning procedure, & was completely lucid, that's how much I DONT respond to pain meds! Anyway, despite not feeling the effects of Norco, I absolutely do not drive after I've taken it, because God forbid I got into an accident. & it was found to be in my blood, I could be charged with a DUI. I always make sure I have a minimum of 4 hrs from when I take a dose to when I have to drive. I work in government & drive a government vehicle, so there is no way I can take pain meds while at work. Over the last couple of years, I have suffered horrible pain at work to the point of tears many times. When I would get home, I'd take my meds & be down for the night. In October, I fell at work & it flared up everything, & I've been off work since. I was in such obvious pain at work, & at times using a cane because I couldn't walk that my boss had me meet with Personnel to see if there were any 'reasonable accommodation' that could be, because it was obvious I was on pain, & my boss believed I was not meeting "performance standards" (there is nothing in writing about performance standards, so that was a load of bull.
My response was there was nothing they could do, because there isn't. Like a lot of you I'm sure, I can't sit, stand, or walk for very long without being in pain. What are they going to do, put a bed in the office so I can lay down every 15 minutes? At first I was really upset at my boss, as well as embarrassed, but I later realized he was right. Even though I was giving 110% of myself to my job (and doing the work of 4 people, but that's another story) I was not functioning at the level I needed to be. I'm trying to see if I can medically retire, but if I do have to go back to work I don't know how I will be able to function at all. I've got driving down somewhat; I take my kids to school, come home & take my meds, with 6 hours until I pick them up. Sometimes though, I have a Dr appt or something mid morning, which means no pain meds until after school, & by then I'm dying. My daughter sometimes has dance practice after school, so on some days I may not get to take anything until like 6 pm, which means no meds all day, & I am missrable beyond words, ready to go to ER & beg for something. As I'm sure most of you know, that never goes well. Luckily I don't have to do this every day, hubby drives the kids around as much as possible, but sometimes his work hours don't allow for him to get off time. I'm sorry for such a long post, I'm just so grateful to be able to talk to people who are in my same boat. I'm interested to here how any of you manage to work & drive with pain and/or while on pain meds. Thanks for listening. Susan
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