Cloe - Just wanted to 100% agree w/ Linda - I would make an appt. This is a completely VALID reason to request additional pain meds. But it's also valid to request additional meds IF your currents meds aren't working.
The immediate concern is getting pain relief for your daughter's wedding (BTW, congrats!). Like I said, I'd make an appt and go in w/ your needs.
But it seems like you are suffering quite a bit, and at 2 Vicodins per day (even the extra strength), you are still at the low end of the spectrum, in terms of pain meds. As Linda said, people still suffer on pain meds (I'm raising my hand high!)...but, nowadays, there are so many meds to try. Both opiate and otherwise. Yes, some have side effects, so it is a "trade off" in some regards. But I'm a firm believer that meds have their place and work for many people. Just my opinion, but I really hate to hear of someone suffering....
Let us know if you have a supportive doc, if you've tried other meds, etc. But I absolutely would encourage you to just explain your pain needs to your doctor...remember, your doctor WORKS for you. (Can you tell I'm passionate about this subject!!). I'll stop, but let us know what happens!
Wishing you well, Tina
Huge baby shower, Ha! I am thinking just how big is was this baby? J/K.
Anyway I have been on it ALL and taken off it all. You name it I was on it. I was so stoned at Christmas time last year that my family has thrown away all my pictures! That was my morphine days(Hate morphine!) Now my 3.5 yrs of fentanyl was OK but I slept 14+ hours a day. Then my methoadone days when I was kicked out of pain clinic for being 6 or 8 pills shy at med count. I have gone med free for approx 6 months and was bed ridden. I have an appointment with the pain clinic but not until Feb 09. I will call doc and see if he wants me to come in or what. TY all for replies. You can count on me keeping you updated. Cloe
I just got my return call from my doctors nurse. I can take my vicodin up to 4x day during this weekend. I am OK with this.
Post Edited (~Cloe~) : 10/22/2008 2:51:11 PM (GMT-6)
Dear big hungry, Welcome to the board. I am so sorry that you are not able to get any relief from pain management clinic. Never forget you are not alone with your suffering, chronic pain is huge problem in my opinion. Have you spoken with your doctors about taking a bit of time off work to assist in getting some relief or even a muscle relaxer to stop spasms? I remember when I was first injured and diagnosed with DDD (my pain culprit), I was working over 40 hours a week in health care. As soon as I got home I was in bed until the alarm went off the next morning. At one point my doctor gave me a work excuse for 10 days or so. Just to rest. Other then that I agree with what PaLady said about more injections and the possibility of a different pain specialist is always an option. Keep us posted, keep calling the doctors office and let them know your not getting any relieve. There is a pain journal around here somewhere but I can't find the one I saved, keeping a journal is what I have found helpful when communicating with my doctor.