Just joined the forum, though have been a lurker for years :-/ I've had pain as a constant companion since a workplace injury in Oct 2007, that was made worse by another workplace injury in Apr 2008. I suffer constant pain from both injuries, left ankle/knee from a fall and right side leg/thigh/buttock/knee and foot pain from a combination of L3/L4 L4/L5 and L5/S1 disc prolapse and femoral nerve irritation from hernia surgery and piriformis syndrome.
Most days I can cope, I'm self employed as a sub contract Courier, I drive for a living. Trucks, vans, my own utility, whatever the load demands. I'm on call 24/7 and can get a call to travel from one side of Australia to the other at an hours' notice, just as I did last month.
And that's the problem. The only med I have found that works on me at all is Tramadol, in 150mg SR doses twice a day when my pain gets too much to bear. I'm worried that if I was to have an accident whilst having this drug in my system what the repercussions might be. Many sites I deliver to has mandatory and random drug testing.....I have never been tested so far.
My last trip was only a short one, about 500km return, but the last half hour in the truck I was in absolute agony. I had lost 'feeling' and strength in my right leg and the control and pain didn't ease until I could stand and walk a little. I can't take Morphine based pain killers as I'm allergic to it :-(
I'm wondering what other long term pain sufferers take when they have a 'flare up' and how it effects them? Are there specific pain meds for nerve related pain? I've reached the end of my tether............the pain makes me behave like someone I'm not and I take out my frustrations on those close to me :-(