Edit - I forgot to mention that my TMJ is a major trigger for my migraine attacks. However, I have now been labeled a "drug seeker" since I have received narcotic pain prescriptions (LORTAB, LORCET) from both my dentist and my PCP, as well as getting pain shots at the ER for major migraine atttacks. Our town is now on a unified database, so it shows how many times I've received narcotics in the last year. Being labeled as a "drug seeker", I can't even get a Narcotic pain shot at the ER when I get a serious migraine attack. I've been turned away untreated the last three times I've sought relief for a bad migraine at the ER, and no doctor will prescribe any narcotic pain medication for me anymore. I've also now been referred to the local drug rehab center for evaluation and treatment. My legitimate health problems now have me lumped in with the local crackheads and heroin addicts. Isn't that just lovely. I'm so screwed.
Post Edited (CRANKY 1) : 9/10/2006 5:05:52 PM (GMT-6)
I just read your post about TMJ, and I was particularly interested in your last paragraph about how you've been labeled a "drug seeker" because of your headaches. You'll never know how sorry I feel for you about that. Right after my Mother died in 1999, I made the horrible mistake of marrying a man whom I thought was decent, and turned out to be a monster. He's one of those people who've caused people like you and I to have to battle for medication that we truly need, and it really makes me mad. He'd go to my dr. and get hydrocodone and sell them for 10 dollars a pill, thus making 600 dollars per bottle. I told my dr. about him and he cut him off. He stole my lorazepam to give to his mother, he bought narcotics off the street, just so she could get high. And everytime I need to get my hydrocodone filled, I go through literal hell, even though my dr. knows that I really, really need them because of my back and left knee. So, I sympathize with you, and I'm so sorry that you have to suffer because of people like him. There's another woman in the city that I live in that gets hydrocodone from my dr. also, and she too sells them, I turned her in too, but he keeps right on giving them to her, no questions asked. But if I'm one day early, I have to beg and plead with him and he knows how much pain I'm in all the time.
I'm truly sorry that you have been labeled that. I'm truly sorry that you have to suffer because of people that are just seeking a high and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
I have tmj pretty bad. Both joints are damaged and dislocated. I wear a splint 24 hrs a day, and it is constantly breaking. I never know if my headaches are sinus, migraine or tmj tension. Not sure where to go with it anymore. But have a headache every day.