So what I have learned today at my rheumy office - not from him, from the person who was measuring my blood presure, that there is something like pain addiction. That was my follow up appointment and she was checking what medicine I am taking, how much etc. After few which I am taking she asked how often do I take of Hydrocodone, I said - what??? I didn't get that perscription from you guys? She said that I propably stuck it somwhere in my files and don't remember. As I am pretty organized person I am sure I didn't get it. Whatever... I asked why I am getting this medicine - she said it will help me with my pain because I can get addicted to the pain and doctor will explain me everything. He said that I should take it twice a day even if I am not in pain. Hmmm... I don't know... I realy try to avoid pain killers as they didn't help me much before. Once when I was in the bad pain I had taken Vicodin but I thought I am going to die and never had taken it again. Once at ER they gave me morfine for my pain it didn't help either just scared me as hell...
I asked the doctor - should I take it even if I am not in pain? why? he said that he wants to kep me at the lowest pain as possible. Lately I was pain free for all 3 weeks and I don't see the point to take it if I am OK.
I just would like to see what do you think guys?? as I am really against to narcotics pain killers. I promised myself to listen to the doctor and follow direction but I don't think I am going to follow with this one? What would you do? If I can take my own pain I am OK right? I don't see the problem. I am more scared of pain killers addiction than pain addiction - but really don't know how can you be addicted to something that hurts????
Polyarthritis - diagnosed July 2010, suffering from May 2009
Prednisone - 5mg/day, Plaquenil, Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Isoniazid - getting me ready for Humira, also Prednisone shots ocasionally.
Pain - off and on