I have severe arthritis in my knees and spine. The last vertebra have narrowing and bulging. My left knee needs a total replacement. I'm 68 and have been going to a pain management practice ever since I had a severe bleeding ulcer. I was told I cannot take NSAIDS. I had 3 blood transfusions. Orthopedic docs sent me to pain management. I'm not a surgery candidate because arthritis is all over spine and neck.
I've been taking oxycodone 10mg for pain. The RX has not changed. This week I went to the same pharmacy as usual. They told me I could not get it filled there. I called 15 area pharmacies before I gave up. What is going on?
I have since read the DEA is limiting Class II drugs and closely watching pharmacies. What am I going to do? Go cold turkey and then suffer? Buy on the street? Commit suicide?
I've done nerve blocks, acupuncture, physical therapy. This pain is real and I'm not a junkie.