Patrick- I'm sorry you are having such a hard time right now. I am right there with you. I can understand why your Dr's would shy away from narcotic's with your young age, but they need to understand that your age does not matter, if you are in pain you need something that will help. I'm surprised you've lasted this long with the pain being on just Tramadol for a year- it's never done a single thing for me, it's just like taking a tylenol, absolutely useless. Our bodies get used to every medication we are on, narcotics or not, and those medicines have to be adjusted periodically. For instance- I was on Percocet 5mg on and off for probably 5-6 years, then I went to the 7.5's and within about 6 months had to be put on the 10's. I've been on the ten's for a few months now and my dosage already needs to be changed. My Dr has me only taking two a day, which just isn't cutting it. Since I am only 34 he doesn't want to increase my dosage or put me on something different, so my last visit he changed the dosage of my muscle relaxer- that didn't do a thing. I had an invasive diagnostic test two days ago to see if my SI joints were ruptured, and they were not, and I see my Dr again on the 9th and I'm going to have to be firm with him because this pain is just too much for me to handle. I am where you are- only leaving the house if I have to. I dread just having to go grocery shopping or to the pharmacy, and I put it off until I no longer can. But, I agree with what everyone else has said- you need to try to get out of the house. I had a birthday on Feb 17th and had plans with a good friend who wanted to take me out to lunch and then do some browsing/shopping. I woke up the day of my birthday feeling horrible, but I could not bear to break my plans due to the pain since it was my birthday...I had about a 45 minute drive, which driving kills me too, but once I saw her I immediately focused on just having fun...We even went to a tattoo parlor after lunch and I had one of my tattoos touched up- My pain was not as bad as usual because I was out having fun...did I pay for it the next day? Yes, of course, but I didn't care because the prior day was fantastic. I have been trying to get out of my house more because if I don't I am a complete and utter mess pain wise and mentally. Even if it means I spend more time perusing the grocery store, and even if it means I am hurting bad, I am out of the house and it lifts my spirits. OK, I realized I have rambled on, sorry about that. My point is, try to get out when you can, don't over do it, just try small amounts of time at first. Also, you have to get on something else besides the tramadol, or at least have the dosage increased. I wish you the best of luck with your Dr's appt and please keep us updated!
Current: DDD L4-S1, Arthritis L4-S1, Facet Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, Vulvodynia, Restless Leg Syndrome, Bi-polar, IBS, Fibromyalgia, PTSD. In past 6 months have had epidurals, facet blocks and radiofrequency ablation.
Past: Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. 3 laparoscopies, 2 cystoscopies, total hysterectomy, appendix & gallbladder removal.