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   Posted 8/26/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
   hi i am new and i am always in pain the pain is in my hips and spine it started when i was only 18 years old but now i have a new symptom my knees i have no insurance so i just see a family doctor and all he does is cover the problem with percocet i do not have the money to have test done to see what is really going on and now i am addicted to pain killers i get sick if it isn't in my system at all times i have been taking them now for three years and i am afraid i will have to go to a rehab to get off of them i just started a job with health benefits after three months and i am hoping to have the right test done to see what the problem is and maybe it can be managed without pain pills has anyone else had this problem with pain pills and if so how did you deal with it

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   Posted 8/26/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont have the answrs to a your questions,, but
I would get tested for Lyme disease when you can. the pain med experts will be here soon hopefully they can help yopu more.

good luck
Chronic Lyme Disease
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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Adrenal Fatigue

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   Posted 8/26/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
First off amk welcome to the gang of pain! I know how painful it can be to have back issues for I too suffer from this. But mine is caused by three fusions that did not work. I am still in as much pain as I was when we started this mess with the fusions.

I have been taking Percocet for the last 9 years off an on at first then after the last fusion (revision on a fusion done 6 months prior) I have been on percocet about...5 years now. I'm also on Kadian; a very strong morphine based medication that does help bring my pain down a bit.

Okay, now as far as being addicted to your pain pills, there is a fine line between addiction and dependency. The difference being will you do anything to get your medications??? Will you lie, cheat or steal the money or the meds just to get a "High"? Or are you taking the medication to relieve the pain. There are of course several people (wonderful people) on this site that will further explain my thoughts and to them I say thank you so much!!!

The ins. problem is sooooo aweful. I do hope that you can get the treatments that you need soon and that your pain will be lessened. Again welcome to the board.


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   Posted 8/26/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, AMK, welcome to the forum. I'd suggest you find a good pain management doctor once you get insurance. They can help you find out what is causing your pain and give you assistance on how to control your pain better. Sounds like you need some blood work done to rule out rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, lyme disease and the list goes on. Good Luck and keep us informed!

I haven't been on narcotic pain killers long enough to give you advice but I take a extended release morphine once per day with oxycodone for break through pain. The extended release meds are nice cause you don't get the ups & downs through the day or run out through the night which was an issue with me.
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3

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   Posted 8/26/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6) thing I want to say is that just because you take pain pills doesn't mean you're an addict.  You might be dependent like so many of us are.  Taking pills to get through the day isn't fun, no matter why.  Being in pain sux...that's just the truth. 
Wait until your benefits kick in and go to a Pain Management Dr.  Then see where that takes you...
Good Luck...

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                                                                   


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   Posted 8/26/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Amk,
Welcome to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well. I'm so sorry you have to be here, but let's hope now that you have health insurance kicking in soon, you'll be able to get the needed tests, see needed specialists, and see what your options are for treatment.

Since I just lost my health insurance on June 30 (COBRA ended) I know what it's like. You're lucky you even can get a family doctor to see you without it! For the time being, I wouldn't worry about the percocet as long as you're taking them as prescribed.

There is a difference between dependence and addiction. We all develop a physical dependence to certain medications just because of how they work in the body. And what that means is that if you stop the medication, especially abruptly or without medical supervision, you will experience withdrawal symptoms, which sounds like what you're referring to. It does not mean you're an addict, which is different, as others have implied. As I said, if you're taking your meds as prescribed, don't worry about it for now. You will soon be able to see specialists, and depending on the diagnosis there may be a lot of other treatment options for you.

And when you're able to reduce or eliminate the percocet, you need to taper them under a doctor's supervision, but I wouldn't try doing this by yourself.

What kind of work will you be doing?

Again, welcome to the site.

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