Hello my name is Dan,
I have degenerative disc disease in not only my lower spine but my neck as well. The lower disc causes ferocious bouts of sciatica in one of my legs at times forcing me to just stop everything and sit and stretch as best i can to try and get this to pass.
I'm on a very low dose of opiate pain medication only once daily for if it gets really really bad, other than that i take a very mind medication (Ultram aka Tramadol) to manage along with a low dose of lorzapam aka ativan to manage my daily anxieties over all of my pain and feeling like i just cannot do what others can.
My question of others here is are there a lot of others who feel like they need an anti-anxiety medication in combination with their opiate pain medications for nervous feelings and anxieties about life and itself. Being disabled and not working because of an ongoing condition like this is a true self esteem issue where there are many days i have a hard time shaking it, sleep patterns are poor, driving and riding in a car hurts something aweful. I have tried antidepressants but it seems every one i've ever tried has had worse side effects than what we were trying to treat. Is it rare or odd to feel the need to be treated for anxiety because of pain issues?