Hello and welcome...You get Kudos from me just for being honest about getting "high" off of your pain meds. I think that a lot more people then you realize get the "high" feeling as well....only some are too scared to admit it. I understand being afraid of getting bashed but it won't happen here. I can give you advice from my own experience only...
I have been a Chronic Pain patient for about 22 yrs. at first I took pain meds that my Dr. gave me...and sure enough I had to keep increasing them just to get minimal relief..eventually my Dr.'s said "No More Narcotics for you" and they cut me off cold turkey... I didn't know about Pain Management, heck..I don't think it was even around then, so I did whatever I could to get by...then I moved to Nashville from Knoxville and things changed. I don't know if Nashville is just ahead in it's thinking or what, but after seeing my regular Dr. for a few months she sent me to see this Neurologist who happened to practice Pain Management. Sheer luck got me to him and I am so thankful. For many years I thought I was addicted to the pain pills. But, once I realized that I really NEEDED them my thinking changed. I will admit that I sometimes get that "HIGH" feeling too..and I like it. No hypocrite here.
So, are you really an addict? Maybe.. But even if you are you still deserve to have the same care that anyone else does...Do you think you should be in pain? No... is there a happy medium? Sure. Talk to your Dr. and just tell him that you think you are addicted because......and state your reasons...
But....be careful. What you say to the Dr. will follow you. If you aren't addicted but just dependent then you might be starting something that you regret...Don't get me wrong, I am all for honesty. But, think real hard about what you think you want to accomplish...Do u want your Dr. to say that you can never take pain killers?? Or do you want him to just help u manage them correctly? Will it help u physically to actually stop the pills? Can you function in pain?
Just some thoughts....Let me know what happens.
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/ 30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Good afternoon. My name is Dani. it is a pleasure to meet you. I am glad you came over to the Chronic Pain Forum. Were much cooler than the other ones!
I do not know about tapering off after dependancy. That is something you should review and address with your doctor. Thay have safe, effective methods they use.
I am new here, so I don't mean to sound silly, but what is your chronic pain from? Im trying to jog my memory...
I think there are some cool new ways to treat pain, that do not have to include that particular "type".. what was it PAlady said? "classification"? ... Bleh! There are lots of other pain management options. Pain management doctors can tailor a plan to suit your needs and lifestyle. Maybe? If you havnt got one already? Just an idea.
In any case, it was very nice to meet you. I look forward to getting to know you better as time goes by.
... was a few weeks ago and someone was inquiring about alot of differant medicine.. when you responded you said they "class XX" med and what could be taken with what and what couldnt, and why. And why that person needed assistance from a doctor...
It that thingama jiggy You know?!?!