Going on pain medications is a scary thing no matter how you look at it however it is a definite neccessity when you suffer from chronic pain. I've heard Gramps say before about how you are not a drug addict if you are taking meds from a dr. and for a real pain problem but Gramps I want to let you know something that happens at my PC. On your first appt. you have to fill out a lot of forms about your history and pass drug use which in and of its self is ok and of course your medical background as well. However one of the last things you have to read and sign is a statement saying that if you become a PC patient you will be considered a drug addict from that point on. That was a scary thing to sign but what choice did I have when it really came down to it?
I don't know if this is a State thing or a hospitol or even insurance thing but unless you sign that form you are not allowed to be seen by a pain dr. As I've said before I would rather be addicted to medications prescribed by my dr. than be addicted to pain with out relieve. Is this a State thing or what? Mind you the hospitol and PC I use is a 7thDayAdventist organization and that does make a difference.
Like I said I did'nt want to sign that paper but I really had no choice in the matter, it was sign or go home and that was definitly not an option?
So anywhoo Loni123 good luck on your path and I am sorry that I went off track with my other observation I do hope you will get better pain relieve asap. I'm out for now,