Every time I see the doc, he only wants to put me on the drugs that have been approved for fibro or a sleep aid. I don't go through nearly enough REM to keep me well. I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, and I stay asleep until my alarm goes off. I don't even wake to the smoke detector going off! (Scary!!) So, I don't want to take a sleep aid. I "think" I sleep well. I don't want to mess that up. I like the fact that I can fall asleep at the drop of a hat.
I don't have a life-threatening illness, so taking a daily pill does not make me happy, so I refuse to take one. My rheumy agrees, so I don't take them. He thinks that in order for Cymbalta or others to work correctly, they have to be given in a higher dose than recommended by the FDA, as the research that he has available has shown. He leaves any medications up to my PCP to administer, since the PCP is real close to my home.
All I have ever wanted was the ability to control my pain as "I" see fit. "I" want to be in control, so I thought that after many hours of research, I had come up with a solution...Darvocet. It's for mild to moderate pain, and I'm typically at a 3-4 daily. When all hell breaks loose, I'm at a 7-8. That's when I need help. Darvocet will still allow me function at my current level, but it wil take the edge off my pain when I need it.
Since it takes 3 months to get in to see my PCP, I didn't want to wait. My pain, since going back to work full-time, after a summer lay-off had come back full-force, I couldn't wait for him to see me. I had to see the nurse practitioner.
When I gave her my reasons for not being on meds, she was appalled! She accused me of doctor shopping for pills. It was at this point that I asked her to look at my records, not only the ones that are kept updated for 3 months, but going back to when I had torn my ACL 7 years ago or broken my ankle 18 months ago. She would be able to tell that the pain meds prescribed had not been filled to their refilled amounts. (In case some of you don't know, every time you take the "refill" on the narcotic medication, it is recorded, and it can be traced back to the prescribing doc.) She took the time to check for herself, actually appologized, and presribed the Darvocet that I had asked for. She even gave me 3 refills! This should last me for a year! She then proceeded to tell me that she had seen so many people trying to get meds, that she hardley ever prescirbed them. She apparenlty got burned many times. She has to have a doctor sign off on any narcotics that are presciribed, since she is only a NP. She has noted in my file that I should get what I have researched with little problems!
Fortunalty, I have had no sever pain in the two days I've had the pills, so I don't know how I will react. I know that by Tuesday, I will need one. I am only hoping for it to take the edge off, so I can function without having to a witch! :) Finally!!!