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   Posted 10/17/2011 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
 why is it some folks perfer not to take pain medication? If your in pain dont you want to feel better . Thanks shakehead

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   Posted 10/17/2011 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
There are many reasons why a person may not want to take pain medicines.

Some of the top ones I can think of.

Feel as it is "giving in" to the pain.
They experience a lot of side effects from pain meds or they tend to feel "drugged" or "loopy" from them and don't like the feeling at all.
The "stigma" attached to certain medications.
They are misinformed and fear they will become addicted junkies at some point.
They do not want to put chemicals into their body and would prefer to find "natural" solutions.

The list goes on.
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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 10/17/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I try to keep my pain medication use as low as possible because I am 31 and my conditions are likely not going away, so I want to save options for the future.
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma

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   Posted 10/17/2011 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I prefer to limit my opioid use for various reasons, including some Heather and Jim have noted.

The main reason is the more I take now, the less effective they will be in the future. There are both long-term and short-term mechanisms that reduce opioid efficacy. So if I can limit my use to just a few times a week, I'll minimize both tolerance-building mechanisms.

Until 2010, I was able to do that. But increase in pain levels and just being very sick of the pain had brought me to a point where most weeks, I'll use a BT med 5/7 days.

There is also an issue of personal control: the more medication I use, the more dependent I become on the drugs, on the doctors, etc..

Lastly, I'll only take meds that make it easier to maintain what I like to do during the day (write, spend time with others). So, whatever I take, I don't want to feel drowsy or cloudy. I'll only accept such side effects when the pain is so bad that lying down for a few hours still hasn't adequately alleviated the pain.

Of course, the above concerns are my own. Different pains & different lives will lead to different priorities. Off to see my PM doc!
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   Posted 10/17/2011 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
There is also the concern of being able to drive...I do my best to make sure when I'm out on the road driving
that the medicine I take will not impeded. My husband had a root canal last week and I told him to take
half a pill, then once he got to work to take the other half as it did make him sleepy, we need him to be
able to keep his job and just had to do that....In these times we do what we can....
and then What Jim said then follows...but for some of us it also comes to just not being able to afford
the medicines either, even with co-pays they are expensive and then your not poor enough to qualify
for any assistances and if you have insurance you don't qualify for any help either..so that can play a huge
role into this too....I think with all my co-pay with insurance my medicines are over 200.00 and if
your middle class you make too much...
anyways...just my opinions...
well wishes to all...
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