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SO bummed and over this pain

PRgirlinpainPPRgirlinpain Posts: 7
edited 09/30/2014 - 9:06 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have had lower back pain since I had my second child in 2007. It used to come and go but now it is here with a vengeance, and to stay. I have been diagnosed with facet arthritis and SI Joint disorder. I am currently sitting at my desk and my left butt/hip hurts like EDITED and the pain is shooting down my left leg. I have to take more of the drugs than my doc gives me for a 30 day supply and I always run out before I got back to see her. I go tomorrow and I can't wait, but then I also hate myself for needing the drugs. I have been in full on opiate withdrawal for a week and am almost feeling better except for the back pain and some sweating and chills. But it just feels pointless because I know I will need to be back on the drugs. Luckily, I have a good job. I can work from my office or from home and no one cares as long as projects are completed, but I am just tired of this lifestyle. I have 3 kids and I have little energy for them, especially the 12 month old baby, whose portly rump and heft has exacerbated my back problems. I am set up to see a neurosurgeon on the 24th of October, EDITED /for a consult on my SI joint. I am praying so hard that whatever he does- even if it is surgery- gives me some relief. My husband is amazing and does most of the housework, but I always wonder- how long before he is fed up? I am so down. I want to be back to my old self, running around 100 miles an hour and being super mom. Can anyone tell me an uplifting story? Has anyone been where I am and had a full recovery? What did you do?


  • The first question that comes to mind is, who is prescribing your pain meds? Is it your primary care physician or are you seeing a pain management specialist? I am a bit concerned by the fact that you are not taking your medication as prescribed. You should never do this! I understand the frustration of enduring severe pain before your next scheduled dose, and this issue needs to be addressed with your doctor so adjustments can be made to the strength and/or dosing frequency of your medication.Pain management is a (sometimes long) process, and it can take months before finding the right balance of medication/injections/treatments that work best for you. You also need to have a realistic expectation from pain management. At this point, to expect to be pain free is not realistic. I think a good goal is to get your pain to come down to a level where you and it can be friends. It took 5 very frustrating months for me to get to that point. My suggestion to you is keeping a pain journal. It is imperative that you take your pain meds AS DIRECTED. Log the times you take each dose. For instance, if you are prescribed 3 pills per day, you should be taking a dose every 8 hours. Next, you need to document when your pain begins to return. If you are not getting satisfactory relief at all with one dose, the strength may need to be increased. If you get relief from one dose, but the pain begins to return after 4 hours and becomes almost unbearable by the time you are allowed to take your next dose, then most likely the frequency of your doses needs to be increased. However, based on what you have said in your post, it sounds like you may have addiction issues and I strongly advise you discuss alternative pain treatment options with your doctor. Perhaps a pain patch? At any rate, please, please, please only take your medication as directed and communicate closely with your doctor so he/she can work with you to achieve the pain relief you desire, as well as lead a normal life. I wish you the very best and I hope this helps you.
  • Just seeing your reply.  I did address this with my doc and got it tweaked accordingly!
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