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I am a chronic pain sufferer and go to pain management (5years). I also get laser treatment, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments. I have tried it all. Basically I try to just meds and stretching exercises.

My problem is what to do about transportation. I cannot work. I am trying to get disability. In Georgia I am not supposed to drive on my meds. I don't understand what I am supposed to do about getting around. I live in rural area with no bus or taxi service. Why is there not a level for prescription meds. I have tests that show I take my meds as directed. Anyone else have this problem? I am 57 years old male.

Greg Wardlaw


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    Unfortunately, you are facing the same issues that all of us with chronic pain are faced with, what do we do regarding transportation and the use of pain medications. The reality is that many of the population are faced with the same dilemma, when it comes to medications, not just opiates. There are many other types of meds that can cause drowsiness or dizziness, or other muscular impairment and we are faced with having to make the decision to drive or not.
    Almost all areas of our country have some form of public transportation, so there must be a taxi service somewhere near you.....friends, family, neighbor's......your local county may have some transportation resources listed on their website for those without vehicles.
    It becomes a personal decision, a calculated risk that we all must make for ourselves, knowing what the laws are for your particular area of the country. And knowing if you are too impaired to drive or operate a vehicle.
    There are many, many threads regarding this very topic, so if you use the search box at the top of the page, you will find links to the various threads........driving and pain management is one phrase you can use to search.
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