Hi Melissa, I am so sorry to hear how much of a problem it is to get your pain under control. It is a very frusterating and aggravating situation for you, I am sure. I have been there, and still am many times. And I know others here on the forum have that problem as well. That is one of the many things I personally love about this forum. We all experience several of the same problems. That is when the support comes in.
I am glad you have a follow-up appt. today with your pain management doctor. And yes there are other things that may can be done. There are many different pain medication choices out there. And many of them are helpful and you may see benefits. Alot of the reason for the follow-up appt. are to see how you are doing on what was previously given. Just explain how you feel. They are big on the description of your pain, well mine is anyway. They want your pain described in terms like: sharp, stabbing, aching, dull,etc. And also the pain number that you feel. I do think that your doctor is willing to change your meds. He said before about the long acting,or time released meds. That is an option. Do not be afraid. You are not alone. You have our support here. And we are here for you. Don't forget that!!! This chronic pain business is horrible. It is life changing. And there is nothing good from it.That we all know. It is just learning how to treat it and doing all the things we can do. You will make it. Hang in there.
I personally have been having a hard time dealing w/ my pain. I will only touch briefly on this. I have had to learn to use other things to try to help deal with it better. I thought before that was what the pain meds are for...I learned differently!! I have used heat. Ice is used by many people, who get good results from it. Personally, I can't get past the pain from the cold!! But try it. It may be beneficial to you. I have also used many of the creams that are available. Now, they don't last long for me. But it does help. And I have been at the point many times, where a little help is better than no help at all. Hot showers or baths are helpful. Just try some of these options and see if they help you at all. I wasnt too sure before. But speaking from experience, it does help. Also, trying to do other things that can take the focus off of the pain is helpful. It may be hard at first, but it also helps. That is something on a personal level. It could be reading, listening to soft music, taking a nice long bubble bath in candle light, watching tv, writting letters to people you haven't written to lately, going for a drive, going for a walk. You get the picture. The choices are endless. You just have to find what works for you. I never have been a big tv watcher, but recently(past couple days) Lifetime has become a good friend of mine!!!
Good luck on your doctors appt. I hope things go well. Don't be nervous. Be honest and explain to your doctor how you feel. Be open to suggestions. And don't be afraid to try new things or meds. I do hope you are able to get some relief from your pain. Post as often as you need to. It does help. I am sorry I got long winded. I need to work on that one. I always have been a talker. Also, it sounds like you could use a hug!
Post Edited (anice) : 7/13/2009 6:50:47 AM (GMT-6)