Looks like a great place to be able to talk to others and get more info on dealing with CP.
I've been suffering chronic pain for the past year now.
I'm 48 and this is the first time I've ever had CP in my life.
But I at least know why.
I have an Osteochondral lesion on the talar dome in my ankle (grade 5 , the worst).
Had scope surgery done last Sept. with an ortho.
Went through a month of PT 2 months after the scope (at my own request in hopes of ridding the pain). Only made things worse. Worst part of the PT was them looking at me in disbelief as if, but not saying, "how can you still be in pain, you had scope surgery to fix it".
Well finally after still having never ending pain, the ortho did another MRI 4 months after the scope and told me "the lesion is still there, we tried". But he was at least sympathetic to my pain and even told me on my last visit "I sure emphasize with people with those kind of lesions".
And I was at least relieved that there was a reason I was still in pain, that it wasn't in my head or some other unkown problem. Take that PT lady.
He referred me to another ortho who specializes in ankles.
I've been taking percocet once daily since that first scope (6 months now).
I only take 2 a day. It's a severe aching pain, like a 6 or 7 but it just never ends and I have days when it's even worse, as bad as feeling like a broken ankle.
I've not had 5 minutes without pain in a year now.
Can't run, can't jump, can't be on my feet for more than hour without yet more pain.
Fortunatly I work from home office on PC full-time else I'd surely be disabled from this.
I can tolerate the pain to a point. I don't mind making myself suffer all day knowing that I can at least be provided some relief for the day.
It's the 2 times so far with the new dr. that I've gone a week and a half the past 2 months without any meds that's killed me. With my never ending pain, without any means to relieve it, I tend to lose focus on my work, my family and focus solely on my constant aching ankle.
Anyway to wrap it up (sorry for the long first post), I just had the scope surgery done yet again last Monday and currently in a splint, non-weight bearing on crutches for 2 weeks.
When the Dr. spoke to me 2 minutes before going into surgery I told him my concern for the pain. It was hurting so bad "prior" to the surgery that I serioulsy almost bailed because knowing how much more pain I'd be in scared me to death. The first scope was brutal for me.
Anyway, he then acted as if my pain was already becoming a burden to him and said I should probably go to a pain clinic. I've only been seeing this one for 2 months now.
Having to take the meds heavily the first 4 to 5 days, I only have 4 days supply left.
I have my first follow up in 2 days to get the splint off and stiches out but now I'm afraid to ask for another prescription cause of what he said.
I never liked having to ask for them anyway. Never once had the "how is your pain? do you need a refill?"
Like all of you guys, I'm not into pain meds, I'm just not into pain. After taking them for 6 months now, I barely even get the pain relief any more but it's better than nothing. At the very least it takes the focus away from the pain in my ankle.
Should I brave up and ask for one last prescription (I really don't want to be a burden to them) or should I call some pain management place now? Never had to do this before.
Thanks for listening and I pray for you all!
I'll be sticking around for a while if that's ok. Nice to at least share thoughts.