Yes, you may be going through withdrawals, but I'm probably not the person to answer your question properly, as I have never really suffered these. I too, have been on pain meds for the last 8yrs or so, but I guess I'm a special case.
Please do read up on the Chronic Pain 101 article that Chutz has posted. It is well worth reading.
There is no need to be ashamed, as many of us have made the same mistake, and had to suffer for it. Myself included!
I am now very strict with my schedule and often cheat in the opposite direction on a good day, so that I have a few extras, when my refill falls on a special weekend, or the Dr is on vacation.
I hope you get the required meds that will give your the proper relief, but as of late...the PM's are hanging on to the meds like they are poison for you.
Let us know how the MRI turns out, and I bet it could be a few days to see the results.
Once you get in to see the PM, make sure they understand that you have been suffering on your current meds, and then it may then be a while before they make the correct adjustments to your schedule.
Take care, and lets hope someone here will give you a better answer than I may have. I'm pretty careful, and will not overstep my knowledge on these matters. I' am willing to learn from the right teacher though!
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 9/23/2010 5:15:55 PM (GMT-6)