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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been on short acting pain pills for 8 years when I found websites on these drugs and I had also been going to a natural healer for about a year. I had started to believe everything I had read about how pain pills were not taking away the pain that they were making your brain think that they needed the pills. Even Dr's were saying this on some threads so I thought I had to be addicted to these drugs and that my body will heal on it's own. I put myself in a rehab costing about $30,000 . The pain after coming off the pills was horrid. The Dr's said give it time your pain will go away. I sat on my couch and cried and cried .I couldn't sleep, I couldn't eat ,I wanted to die.  I wasn't going back on those pills either, I believed the pain was all in my head and it would go away. The Dr's said so, Dr's who new nothing of my case. Six months came and went and my pain was horriable . I went back to my pain Dr and said I am still in pain why will it not go away ? He said ,you really thought it would ? You have had 3 back surgeries and you have nerve damage, your pain will never go away.  He put me on Opana Er thank god!! I was sick for a month but the pain was starting to relieve itself . I have been on it for about a half a year now and I am as happy as I can be and I now am able to have a life. I lost everything , my house , my husband , my child  all because Dr's and other people were saying that if you take these kind of drugs you are a addict and I believed them. Dependent and addicted are two diffrent things ,I have never been high off my drugs , I have never taken more then what my Dr said I could. I am dependent not addicted. I don't want anyone else believing that these pills are not needed in some cases . I am so happy I can sleep through the night and that I can drive my daughter to school . I missed out on so much in those months I was waiting for my pain to go away on its own.   

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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cheers and welcome!

I'm so sorry you were treated so carelessly and with such disregard. If it was me I'd be writing some serious letters to the AMA explaining the actions of the doctors who gave you such horrid advice. But it might be better to just leave it alone. It's a hard choice to know what fights are worth taking on.

I'm glad you are finally living again. I'm on long acting pain meds also. It takes away about 80% of the pain but that's all I can hope for. It sure beats the alternative. Keep telling your story in hopes that others will be encouraged to speak up and not allow this kind of treatment.

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   Posted 6/26/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I also want to welcome you to the chronic pain forum. It is beyond sad that you had to experience such huge losses because of the ignorance of medical professionals, and the stigma attached to drugs that many of us need to have any quality of life.

Your post was full of wisdom earned the hard way, and I know it will help others who read it. Like Chutz said, keep telling your story - in one place or another. You have a lot to teach people.

Again, welcome.


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   Posted 6/26/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
     Dear Cheers,
       Welcome to healing well community :-)   It is very nice to meet you.  I am sorry to hear of the heartach you have had to endure. Perhaps it would be wise to persue this matter legally?  how awfull you would be told what to think. That sounds very preditory to me. I would persue that matter to the fullest extent of the law. As to the medication you metioned *shriggs* I dont much about medacines, but! I do know about nerve pain. Im fighting the great inflammation race myself. With help of a very talented spine specialist :-)  In any case it was nice to meet you and look forward to getting to know you a bit better.
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

cheers to u
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   Posted 6/26/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you!!!
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