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oxycodone meds and general anxiety disorder

dollarbill68ddollarbill68 Posts: 1
edited 10/18/2015 - 12:38 PM in Lower Back Pain
I have back issues have had since 2010. Ive also had what i now know is general anxiety disorder. Im worried about seeing a doctor about this. Im worried they will take my pain meds. I take 15 mg of oxycodone 3 times a day and 1 5mg valium daily. Im not addicted and i dont abuse the medication. I cant walk or move in general without severe pain without them. Im in pain while taking them but it is managable. Ive had this fear of being around people in groups but also have a nervous feeling talking alone. I start sweating , my voice gets shaky and i seem to talk faster and faster as the conversation goes. I deal with it by keeping conversations short and avoiding people in genersl as much as possible. I have no issues conversing via e mail , text etc. The point to all this is that im wondering if anyone else has dealt with or heard of my dituation and if so what steps were taken and what was the outcome. Im wanting to keep my pain meds but get treated for the anxiety also. Thanks for reading , any info will be appreciated.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I am a chronic pain sufferer and also, have depression and anxiety.

    I sought out psychiatric help and between pain management doctor, and psychiatrist...my meds are managed for the benefit of me as a whole.

    No one can predict what doctors may do...but it's not uncommon to have anxiety with chronic pain.

    My experience, PM Doctor manages pain and psychiatrist deals with my depression and anxiety.
    Each knows what the other prescribes, and neither try to change in any way what the other has ordered.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • I've had my chronic back condition for past 5 and a half years. I developed generalized anxiety disorder as well as panic disorder 3 and a half years ago. My back condition was DEFINITELY a huge reason (if not the biggest reason) why I developed an anxiety issue.
    I'm lucky enough to have my pain management doctor and mental health doctor under the same practice. So they are able to collaborate much better on organizing my meds and making sure my treatment plans will be as beneficial as possible. It's much easier than if I had doctors for each that were both under 2 different practices.
    My advice would be to find a practice that treats both spinal conditions, as well as the mental health side of it.

    And honestly, I get it. I understand how this chronic back condition affects you not only physically, but mentally. I'm in excruciating pain 24/7. I've had 2 major surgeries on my back, and countless injections/steroid shots/minor procedures. I'm on about 8 prescribed medications to treat my back pain, and to help my anxiety and panic attacks. I'm only 21, and I feel like my back is robbing me of truly enjoying my life. After over 5 years dealing with this issue, I'm completely drained. I have gone to so many doctors, tried every treatment possible, and I feel completely alone. I feel like no one understands or "gets it". It's a horrible feeling.
    My heart goes out to you. I wish I could offer more concrete advice or help, but just know that I get it, and you are NOT alone.
    Ali Pittman
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