Welcome, and we do understand all that you have said about
your suffering. There are choices though, and only you can determine which is the lesser of the two evils. Of course we become dependent on long term pain med's, but for many of us it is a blessing and gives us some sort of a better quality of life than if we did not.
Forget the related stigma that often comes with the script
s of such med's, and remember that while they may reduce your pain, they will not in many cases remove it completely.
Look at all of your options, and ask what your chances are for a good outcome with surgery. For some our pain is so bad, and if we chose not to have surgery, then we may end up far worse. I don't know all of the med's you have tried, but I agree with Tina that 10mg of Percocet every 6hr's seems awfully low for the type of pain that you describe. Have you tried other pain med's such as those that Tina described to you?
There is also a pain pump and might very well be a better way for you to go. Don't give up, and please seek out pain management that best suites your pain. All of us here suffer from pain and mostly on a 24/7 bases. We understand!
Take care, and please follow up on a report back to us. We invite you to make this your family of support.
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Weekly Quote! "Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward."