Hello Clever and welcome to CP and I am sorry that you have to be here.
I am pretty new to the site as well. I got your other post on my tread and reading through yours now, you are right we do have alot of simularities.
I dont think that you going on a pain management contract is by no means giving up just trying to make you comfortable until a time they can do something to help you. From what I have read there are many on here that have contracts and alot of them have other options for different treatments.
If I can ask why you think PT is a bad idea? I know from what research I have done excerise is so very important. I know my PT is very painful sometimes. I found that I take a pain meds an hr befor I go and that helps me sometimes with my PT... I am still going 3 times a week except when I am having a really bad day and cant get off the couch.
I totaly understand the sleeping thing I have not had more than 3 to 5 hrs a night in 3 months. The doc did give me some sleeping pills and just uped the dose and last night between my pain meds and sleeping pills I was able to get about 6 hrs in. Have you asked your doctor for something to help you sleep at night?
I have the same prob as you as well with not being able to stay in one position for much more than about 20 mins with out being in incrediable pain. It is very frustrating. On that I am trying to figure that one out myself.
As for your dependencies I really dont have much to offer up on that one as I am just 3 months into by injuries and am trying to get my pain managed so that I can have somewhat of a normal life and function. But I am sure others will chime in with loads of much more useful info. They really are great in here.
I am sorry I dont have more to offer you but I did want to say welcome and let you know you are not alone and there many here that might be able to help.
Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 8/31/2008 12:18:56 PM (GMT-6)
Hi Clever and welcome to HW. I see a pain mgt dr and he has a Contract that all of his patients must sign. It basically states that he will be the dr in charge of writing all scripts for pain meds, no dr shopping or pill shopping, no sharing your meds with family or friends or obtaining illicit drugs. Also, they like for you to use one pharmacy raather than several different ones.
I am not sure I understand the logic of stopping your meds in order to start physical therapy. I have never heard of that one. If they wanted you off your meds, it would be better to do a slow taper over just stopping. I would think with pain meds & a muscle relaxer it would only add to your PT being perhaps successfull. Oh well, I am not a dr either,lol. Without medication I could not have done some of the things I did while in pain.
Again welcome to HW and lets hope for some LPD for you. Susie