I agree with everything that was posted except the advice about cutting or breaking open the pills.
Gramps and the others were trying to give you some solid advice about taking more than you are prescribed and what can and does happen if you do that in pain management. Doing that, will get you thrown out of the PM clinic/office and you will go through some serious withdrawals.
No one wants to be in pain, but we, as the patients have to hold up our end of the bargain when we enter into pain management, and that means, we take our meds as prescribed. If they aren't working , then we discuss it with our PM doc's , rather than adjust our dosage ourselves.
With the current environment in pain management and the DEA investigations, no doctor is going to put their livelihoods on the line for a patient who is taking more than he should be.
Anyway, I hope that you can find a support group, but again, I agree with Gramps, this one is a great one.....they tell you like it is, and if someone says something that is hard for you to hear, maybe it's time to think about why it is that it bothers you.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..