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Hopegirl
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   Posted 9/23/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm having some major melt downs today, waiting for my MRI for my back and I've been without pain medication for 24 hrs, (ran out) and now I am wondering if I have an addiction to pain medication. I've taken pain meds for pain for about 8 years when I started getting a lot of pain in my neck and headeaches. I also take ativan and I was out of my script for that too, I thought I was going to go crazy today, I just filled my script for ativan, took a half (1 mg) and I feel better emotionally, but now I stil have the question in my mind...am I addicted to pain medication, or am I dependant to pain medicaiton???
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 9/23/2010 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
 
  Hello Hope!
 
   I'm going to start by asking if you have read the Chronic Pain 101 on our home page? There is a very good artical about dependency or addiction. I encourage you and any of our members to read it.
 
    Also, why are you out of meds? Are you seeing a PM? I do know that comming off of Atvian should be done slowly or you can suffer some real problems.
 
     It is important for you to stay on schedule with your pain meds. If you need more than being given, then you may be under/medicated. I was thinking that you were seeing a PM, but I could be wrong, but you need to convey that you are not getting enough relief from your meds, if that is the case.
 
     We hope you get to feeling better soon.
 
    SE wink

Hopegirl
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   Posted 9/23/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi SE
 
I am waiting to see a PM. I need to have my records sent to the PM's office. My rhuemy said they would, I just called the PM to see if they have recieved the records, and they have not. So I have to call rhuemy's office again in the morning and find out why nothing has happened yet.
 
Taking the ativan has helped alot from how I was feeling emotionally earlier, so I am glad for that. But I now feel like I'm in a full fibro flare (even though I don't think I am I just have not had any medication) and my back is killing me. My script is for 9/24 and I doubled (which I will NEVER do again) for two days to see if was any different with pain. I took my last dosage yesterday morning. I'm feeling ashamed because I know better. I don't know why I did it and now feeling like this is the worst. I hope that when I get my med's tomorrow I will be feeling much better. Right now my head seems to be in a worse fog then when I take medicaiton. Could I be going threw withdrawl symptoms already?

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 9/23/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
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!

SE wink

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 9/23/2010 5:15:55 PM (GMT-6)


Monty's Mom
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   Posted 9/23/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopegirl,
I am sorry you are in so much pain right now. Waiting for test results can be grueling, and being without pain meds on top of it can make things worse. Don't feel bad about yourself or that you did something wrong. We have all done something like this before, or been without pain medications too. When this type of thing happens to me, I try my best to relax most of my day. I have never gone through withdrawal symptoms, but I agree with SE that you should tell your doctors about not having good pain control. Also, I believe he is right about the ativan. Without both, I bet it feels like a double whammy!
 
I will pray for you, that your results come back quickly and that you get the meds you need and good pain management! Hang in there.
 
Mindy
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. George Bernard Shaw


Pelvic adhesive disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, SI joint pain, 7 pelvic surgeries for pain, ovarian cysts, adhesions, and a kidney stone! Wait, future medial transcriptionist I must say ureteral calculus!

Hopegirl
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   Posted 9/23/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You both so much!!!! I am feeling better about myself. I think that the understanding is there and fear and caution were presented to me in such a way, it made me queston myself. I know that I am dependant on medication. But the addiction part, I never thought of myself as that, but then again do most people that are addicted??? I think that by the time I get to the PM I should be able to get things going. Actually compared to today without, I gladly welcome what my scripted medication. scripts were dropped off and will be filled by 9:30 tomorrow morning. So I will pick them up at my break during work and be feeling better by the afternoon. The ativan is really helping me to relax, and when I get home from the MRI...
Monica is going to take a nice long warm shower and RELAX!!!!!!!

You guys are the best,

Hugs to you SE and Mindy!!
Taking it one day at a time....-Monica
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