I have had pain off and on for a long time. For some reason about 8 weeks ago I woke up with really bad pain, especially on my whole back. Now my joints have been hurting and there has been some swelling. For me, my pain level can get up to a 10 if I am not on pain meds. I have been on Vicodin 5-325 for about 8 weeks. My body has built a tolerance to this so I am taking more then prescribed.
I was prescribed to take 1 pill every 6 hours. I take about 5-6 at one time within a day. This is the only way I have been getting relief. I see a pain specialist on Jan 6th. My current doctor has ruled out arthritis. She has ordered an MRI. I have tried many if not all over the counter pain meds. I do heat and ice which only helps a little. I have taken a couple of baths and real hot showers and also only helps a little.
I am currently doing acupuncture, which only helps for a few hours after my treatment. I have been to 3 chiropratice apts. and 3 physical therepy apts. I feel the acupuncture helps the most.
I have also been to the ER about three times. They only give me more Vicodin, which only helps if I take higher doses. This last trip to the ER they gave me a Narcotic injection and it helped my pain for a few hours. I'm curious to know what the pain specialist will say.
I have also been taking Gabapentine which was prescribed by my pshych nurse and my primary doc increased the dose. I looked up side effects on this med and is says can cause pain and swelling in the joints. I am cutting back on it. I probably should wait to see what the specialist says about it but I am tired of taking lots of Vicodin. I am now addicted to it. I am addicted to the euphoric feeling it gives me.
I have a very addictive personality. I just celebrated 20 years without alcohol on Dec. 3rd. Now I have to deal with this addiction. I don't want to get off of it because of this but I know I need to get off of it. It's bad for my liver.
Has anyone else had problems with addiction? Of course I mainly take it for my pain. I wake up every morning in excrutiating pain. I almost want to cry. I take my pain meds right away and I feel I can function.
Any support or help would be greatly appreciated. I am tired of this situation I am in. It's getting me down. I feel alone and depressed in this. I am trying not to think worse case scenario, like Lupus or something like that.
Carol Lynn Miller