I’ve had chronic foot pain for four+ years and several months ago the problem was finally diagnosed and requires major surgery. I had been taking Vicodin regularly for about two years, but began abusing it and quit taking it two months ago because I was worried about myself.
I may have to wait until next summer to have the surgery because I'll be laid-up for at least two months and will have to take a big salary hit that I'm not yet prepared for.
I don’t want to return to the opiate, it was absolutely hideous to get off it, but it is the only drug that has given enough relief to have a semi-normal life. I’ve been to a pain management doc in addition to my primary care and have tried virtually every RX between OTCs and Vicodin 7.5/500 APAP.
I don't know how I'm going to make it for another year with inadequate pain management; on the other hand, I don't trust myself with the effective opiate meds. As I'm certain everyone viewing this thread knows, chronic pain is psychologically damaging and I just pulled out of a long depression with the help of a great therapist.
Advice? Suggestions? Hugs? Kicks in the butt? Thanks, Croc