Dependency on pain meds, an explanation

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   Posted 3/21/2010 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Somebody asked about this on another post so I'm putting it back up for those who haven't heard it.

Went to my doc and she told me it was time to start narcotics for bad pain on days that I just have to function. (I own a wedding cake business and sometimes must keep going regardless of my pain level.) Told her I didn't want to go there... Didn't want to become addicted to pain killers.

She asked me how I got to my appointment. I told her I drove my car. She asked me if I was addicted to my car and did I just drive all over town for the sheer joy of driving or... was I dependent on my car to get where I needed to go...?

She made it perfectly clear that although I can depend upon pain meds when I need to get things done that doesn't make me addicted. We are all dependent on our cars, right? Anybody feel guilty about that? Hope this helps you understand. A little foggy tonite.
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Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 3/21/2010 10:19:39 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/21/2010 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks, Jeanie.

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   Posted 3/21/2010 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
adviceI have been using narcotics for over 2 years and I am not addicted. You are right to be nervous oxycodon is addive. Just take it slow and every now and the take a day off of it. You don't want tp build up tolorence to it!!!!! If u want to talk pm me!

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   Posted 3/21/2010 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
That was a wonderful explanation Jeannie, I am sure that by reading this, people will feel less guilty about needing their meds. Though I know that a lot of us get labeled as drug seekers just because we need something for pain, which doesn't help the way that we feel. But coming here and getting reinforcement surely helps.

Thanks for the post.

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   Posted 3/21/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm another one that has resisted taking narcotics for as long as I can. I have vicodin but the last time I took it my body was over reacting to every noise and I thought I was going to have a heart attack from fear, it can cause anxiety and that is the last thing I need is more anxiety. I should have a doc app coming up soon and I'm going to see what else he has to offer that I'm not allergic to. I don't need narcotics everyday but yesterday I sure could have used something.
If you look at life like that Jeannie there are many of the meds that I take and have taken for years that give me quality of life. Xanax is addictive but I have managed to keep the dose to what the doc wants me to take for many, many years. Without it and anti-depressants my quality of life wouldn't be very good.
We have to do what we have to do to control fibro the best we can.
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   Posted 3/21/2010 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Jeannie I LOVED what you wrote, what your doctor said...what a smart person he/she is!! I feel the exact same way. Yes, I depend on the medication to help me dull my pain but in no way do I feel addicted to the medication. In 20 years of being with this doctor and taking meds, I have NEVER, EVER taken more medication than what was prescribed for me. If I were addicted, I honestly believe that I couldn't control the amount of narcotics I would want to take and that never, ever happens and believe em, I am forever grateful that I have the meds to lean on. They are my support system. My goodness, on really bad pain days, I don't know what I would do without them.

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   Posted 3/22/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Very good. My mom hates me being on pain meds because she says I have an addictive personality. The thing is that while I depend on my pain meds, and my body is dependent on them, that doesn't mean I am addicted to them. I don't take my pain pills to get high. I don't pop them left and right. I just take them to help lessen the pain. It drives me nuts when people talk about how I could become addicted. My body just needs them to help me function so I can take care of my son, husband, and household.
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   Posted 3/22/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I understand what you mean. I have to take all kinds of meds for my fibro and I hate it but it gets my thru my day. My husband and mom are always on me about my pain meds. I say walk a mile in my shoes and then talk to me! Don't feel bad because you are on these meds. If it helps you then that is what you need. God bless and good luck.

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   Posted 3/22/2010 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jeannie!!!
This is what I was looking for!!!smilewinkgrin
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