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cobalt10
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   Posted 3/10/2012 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello im a 34 year old male with two compressed discs in my lower back L4-5 and L5-S1 as well as a pinched sciatic nerve on my left side. I injured my back about 8 months ago, i have been on oxycodone for roughly 7 months awaiting to see a spinal specialist. I'm getting worried I'm getting addicted to it. When i go long periods of time without it, my back begins to throb and my sciatic nerve begins to hurt down to my foot And i get tingling sensation down my left leg. I cant tell if im genuinely in pain or having an addiction. im on what i believe to be 35mg pills, i take 1 every 4-6hours as needed and 2 at bedtime. This has turned to me taking almost 8 pills a day which I'm getting scared is too much and I'm affraid to tell my doctor. Its starting to upset my wife off im always sitting or lying around like a lump, but i cant get around that well like i used too, is this something i should tell my doctor? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Pleas mind the spelling im typing this on a blackberry tablet

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Cobalt, I edited out a word in your post. This is a family oriented forum and we never know the ages of the individuals that read the posts here. Also, we do have forum rules that we ask all members to take a look at and honor.

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Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/10/2012 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Cobalt,

Welcome to the board.... I'm sorry that you have a back injury, though....

What type of doctor are you seeing while you wait for the spinal specialist? I'm amazed that it's taken you 7 months! That's a LONG time!

Anyway, you said you are scared to tell your doctor.... What are you prescribed to take (or how much does he think you are taking?). (Side note - I don't think oxycodone comes in 35mg tablets?? ). I'm a big advocate for being really upfront and truthful w/ my doctors. You need to let your doctor know how much your pain is affecting your life.... and that you are needing more and more meds.

You asked about getting addicted to your meds. Is it a possibility? Yes. The majority of the people here, though, are not addicted, but rather - dependent on their meds. Meaning, we take our meds appropriately and so forth; but if we just dropped them "cold turkey" - we would have some level of withdrawal and so forth... because our bodies are "dependent" upon them.

Addiction is usually rooted in a "psychological" need for the medication.... it also means the person is usually is not taking their meds correctly.... and may or may not be getting their meds through proper means.

So, only you can say which of these two things are going on.... whether it's that you've grown "dependent" on your meds over time.... which is completely normal.... or if you see some of the traits of addiction happening.

Many of use different things - along w/ pain medications - to treat our chronic pain.. such as muscle relaxers, nerve pain meds (that might help the sciatica for you).... along w/ injections, PT and so forth.

Anyway, feel free to post more info if you'd like.... I'd also encourage you to talk to your doctor about what's going on w/ you.... being as truthful as you think you can be w/ your doctor. It's through this honesty that I would think that you'll get the best care... because your doctor will know what is really going on.

--Tina
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cobalt10
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   Posted 3/11/2012 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the response, I am seeing a family doctor that has set up an appointment at a spinal clinic to see a specialist. I live in Canada, so we have to take what we can get, its how our health care system works. I've been on the waiting list for close to 7 months now, I have an appointment next week to see him/her. I guess the better word would have been dependent, I have been taking more then I was originally prescribed, only because the pain has been getting worse for me over the past few months. The prescription was for 2 as needed every 4-6 hours, in the beginning 2 a day was enough to get me through, over time I started taking 4-6 a day, 2 at a time. When that prescription was done I went back to my doctor to get a refill and she told me I should have only been taking it at night even though the bottle said 2 when needed. I have only been getting the medication at the pharmacy with a legit prescription. I was told to go to physio but I cant afford it, I don't have insurance through my work and I've been off work for almost 8 months as I'm unable to do my job and the injury happened outside of work I'm kind of screwed. I didn't know there was a nerve medication, the muscle relaxers I was on didn't seem to do anything for me so I stopped taking them, I told my doctor about that and see said it was ok.
I will tell my doctor whats been going on, you're right I should be honest, help her help me.

Thanks again

cobalt10
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   Posted 3/11/2012 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
oh and the size of the pills, I don't know how to read the bottle, its written on the bottle HCL/ACETA5/325 if that tells you anything

Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/11/2012 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Cobalt,

Hey.... Re: your medication - I "think" what you are taking is a combo of oxycodone (probably 5mg? maybe) and acetaminophen. The "325" is the mg on the acetaminophen. (Side note - I'm not a medical professional, and not trying to give advice... I'm just an "informed" patient).

Anyway, that's what I think you are taking. Another reason that you want to be really careful w/ this medication is because of the acetaminophen in it.... too much of that - and, not only is it terrible on many systems in our body, it can be deadly.

I completely understand your post... and don't feel bad - because your story is a VERY common story. You have pain... it takes more and more medicine to fight that pain and so forth.

I also understand about the no-insurance/not being able to afford certain things health-wise, as many people here on the board are struggling w/ that same issue.

But, for all the reasons I said before, I'd really talk to your doctor and let him/her know that your pain is not controlled w/ this medication, that it's taking more and more for it to work and so forth. They might put you on something else that will help you better. In addition, make sure you tell the doc about your sciatica and anything else going on.....

If you get a chance, let us know how your appointment goes. Take good care.... --Tina
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straydog
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   Posted 3/11/2012 12:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cobalt, I too want to welcome you to the chronic pain forum. I am sorry that you have to be here but glad that you found us. One thing we all understand here is what it is like to live with pain.

I do hope that your appt goes well with the specialist and he/she can offer you something that will help cut your pain level down. I know you said the muscle relaxer did not work, however, your dr should have tried you on a different one. Generally, when a person has neck or back pain, they also suffer with muscle spasms and this just creates more pain. Perhaps when you see the specialist next week you can ask to be tried on a different muscle relaxer.

Thats really odd that the script for pain meds was written one way and then the dr says to take them differently. Seems to me if she only wanted you taking them at night only she should have written the script to say that. I am not sure what kind of help that would have been for you, not much I am sure.

I know you are having a lot of pain, but do try to keep yourself up moving around as much as possible. Sitting for long periods needs to be avoided as that puts a lot of pressure on the low back, as well as laying in a recliner for long periods, that puts your posture way out of wack. Do you alternate using heat and ice on your back, that may give a little relief. For a heat pack, I wet a hand towel and nuke it in the microwave for just a few seconds, you really have to watch because the towels get really hot. Heat seems to work the best for me. Try to find a little something to do even if its reading, anything to help get your mind off of the pain, working a cross word puzzle. Distraction does help a little, as we cannot rely totally on medications to stop the pain.

Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you welcome aboard, take care.....Susie
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NiNi53
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   Posted 3/11/2012 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Cobalt and welcome, I have to agree with Tina and Straydog, I to used to be afraid to tell my  pm doctor how much I was taking, but that was along time ago.  And if I am truthfull with myself, I was taking more than what was prescribed to me.  I have been at this for over 12 years now, and I made many mistakes in the beginning, that was one of them.  I dont want to make excuses, but over 12 years ago I became totally disabled, could not work outside the home anymore and am the mother of 2 beautiful daughters.  This was a very difficult year and a half for me.  I did not get out of bed unless it was to go to the doctor.
 
Fast forward to the present and I take all my meds as they are prescribed to me on the bottle.  To not do this is to do yourself a disfavor, one you worry about telling your doctor, two, yes we chronic pain patients are dependent on our meds to have the best quality of life possible, but that comes with being responsible with your meds.  It is still difficult some times, but I muddle through as do all of us.
 
Good luck, take care
Kathy
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

cobalt10
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   Posted 3/11/2012 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, thanks for all the great advice, I will tell my doctor whats been going on, I just didn't want her getting the wrong idea, I have become dependent on my meds and I need to tell her that. thank you all for responding and being so understanding. as soon as I find out whats going on, I'll post on here again to let you all know. Again thank you all

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   Posted 3/12/2012 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Cobalt...Hello & welcome 2 this forum. Really glad Ur here & keep coming back. Members are awesome here.
 
I kind of wanted 2 just add a couple things that perhaps were said 2 U that from my point of view is a little different from others that posted. (side-note...I'm not a doctor so this is just my opinion for whatever its worth). 
 
First..."Yes" there is 35-mg oxy's & U R correct. Though they R pretty hard 2 come by in getting a script for them.
Second...The addiction Cycle is:
     1) Medication: Prescribed by Pysician...Or Experimentation: Tries the drug. 
     2) Tolerance: Body needs more 2 get same affect.
     3) Psychological Dependence: Believes drug is needed.
     4) Physiological Dependence: Body depends upon drug.
     5) Addiction.
I am a recovering addict/alcoholic so this topic is very close 2 me.
There R some great sites that explain further & chat forums as well for questions & information in this area. If U were interested in any of them pleez fill free 2 go 2 the members part & click on my name. From there my email address is listed & U can contact me...As I know this forum is not for this.
 
There is  other drugs that can be prescribed that R less addicting but still for pain. Discussing with ur doctor is a postitive way 2 go. I know it can be kind of a scary situation cuz ur worried that they will cut U off completely.
 
Pleez continue 2 come here for positive feedback & support for ur chronic pain. There is so much 2 be offered from this site for support, friendships & information.
From Ur Healingwell Friend,
Serenitee
 
   

cobalt10
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   Posted 3/16/2012 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all again
 
     I have been going through hell for the past 5 days as I decided to quit the oxy codone i was taking up to 8 times a day (10mg pills) cold turkey.  I went back to my doctor and told her how much i was taking and that I had taken myself off the pills.  she was a bit shocked I took my self off of them, not at how much i was taking.  The withdrawl is unbeleivable, I don't have any oxy left, I through them out so I wouldn't be tempted.  she has perscribed me Teva-Lorazepam for the anxiety and celebrax (200mg) for my back pain which doesn't do a darn thing except give me wicked stomach cramps, so i stopped taking them too.  I see the back specialist on monday, I hope he can do something for me, I'm thinking getting off the oxy's was a mistake, not for giving them up, just the time I did.  the teva-lorazepam works very mildly and isn't helping very much, she has me on 1mg a day, is there anything I can do to get rid of this anxiety or withdrawl, I haven't slept in 5 days, I know thats a side effect, I'm just confused and I'm sorry for blabbing I'm just so tired.  I've stopped drinking coffee and tried to reduce my iron intake, I've read that helps, it just doesnt seem to work
 
thanks for listening (reading)
 
 

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   Posted 3/17/2012 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are feeling so rough but thats what happens when a person stops a drug suddenly. Why didn't you go to your to get help getting off the meds, she could have done a tape with fewer W/D. With 5 days under your belt hopefully things will start to slow down somewhat. If you are having any nausea there is a lot of OTC meds that can help with that. Drink lots of water to flush your system.

Please come back here and let us know what the specialist has to say when you see him Monday. Take care....Susie
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NiNi53
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   Posted 3/17/2012 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Cobalt, nini53 here, being new to the world of chronic pain, you make mistakes many of us made in the beginning.  I was taking vicodin er from about 1993 to 1996 at which time I decided to go cold turkey to see just what by back felt like without medicine.  Huge mistake, not only did my back throb, the withdrawal was something that I promised myself I would never do again.  Withdrawals is beyond awful.
 
I went back to my doctor and began taking extended release narcotic meds, right now I cant think of which one, I believe it was oxycontin, but I am not sure.  So fast forward to present, with alot of mistakes I made and alot of mistakes my doctors made (as sadly it took me years to find a good pm doctor), I now have a spine specialist who is great, his entire staff is great and I am on ms contin with percocet for bt meds.
 
It was a long road and alot of suffering, but I made it, I hope you get a good pm doctor, I hope you get the meds you needs at the doses that will give you a good quality of life.  These things put together have made life for me as good as it gets, and I am real good with that.  I wish the same for you, no one should have to suffer when there is a way to feel better.  I also agree with Tina the more honest you are with your doctor, the better they know how your treatment should be.
 
Good luck and take care,
Kathy
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

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   Posted 3/17/2012 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   

 

      Good morning Cobalt!

   I don't think I have met you, as I have been dealing with simliar issues, and now a recent med change....and life has been....let's just say a little ruff latley. rolleyes  

 Here is a link that you might find some good information.....and look for the post by mrsm123, as she gives some pretty good advice on withdrawals and such.

        http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=16&m=2117112

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   Posted 3/17/2012 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Cobalt10!

First, I'd like to point out that you are very aware of the dangers of addiction, which is excellent. We are all taking many different types and doses of 'pain killers'. We are in a catch 22 whereby we are screwed if we take them and screwed if we don't. Speaking for myself, I too have quit a narcotic cold turkey for fear I was becoming addicted to them and I couldn't stand the side effects from them. I have suffered self induced withdrawals and accidental withdrawals and each time I was sicker than I thought humanly possible. Quitting cold turkey is never a good thing and you should always consult your doctor before you stop taking any medicine. I learned the hard way!

The difference between me taking a narcotic pain medicine compared to Joe Blow is that I am in pain and the prescribed meds work to help reduce my pain levels. When I take my pain meds I get some relief from my pain, but Joe Blow gets a 'high' sensation since he has no pain and is healthy. I hate it when my friends and family members tease me asking for some of my 'good meds' so they too can get high! My level of pain is typically between a 7-10 each day! The pain meds don't fully work for me, but they certainly don't give me a 'high' sensation. If that were the case and I had to increase my dosage to achieve the feeling of being 'high' then I would consider myself to be addicted to narcotics. Yes, if I stopped my meds now I would suffer terrible withdrawals again and I don't wish for that to happen.

I had a work related spinal cord injury (sci) on 9-28-2010 and I have suffered from chronic pain (cp) ever since. I have three discs in my neck, three in my thoracic and four discs in my lumbar that are herniated. I also have a pinched sciatic nerve with weakness and pain shooting down my left leg. I had a two level fusion in my neck and I'm speaking with my doctor about possibly having a four level lumbar fusion in the near future. The thoracic discs are seldom if ever operated on due to the complexity of the rib cage, which usually helps to support discs that are messed up in that region, unlike mine.

Since my pain was so severe and I have tried just about every narcotic with little relief I started to look for alternatives. I hated the side effects from the oral meds. I wanted to be rid of the oral meds and that's when I found out about a Intrathecal Drug Pump Implant where the strength of pain meds was cut to 1/100% by bypassing the oral route and delivering a much smaller dose of pain meds directly to my brain from the drug pump. I had my drug pump implanted last November 2011. I'm still taking oral breakthrough (BT) meds, but once the doctos and I find the correct dosage and settings I hope to finally be rid of the oral meds. I have noticed a decrease from the side effects, which is excellent.

Cobalt, I hope you can find a less intrusive medical solution to your back pain. I know how much pain you are in and you are not alone! Check back often to let us know how you are doing. We care!

Charles


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cobalt10
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   Posted 3/17/2012 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
hello all

I'm on day 6 or 7, I've lost track of being free of oxy-codone. My nerves feel shot, but I'm finally starting to sleep on my own. I'm looking forward to Monday as I will finally get to see the specialist, mind you I'm scared to death as well, I don't know what to expect, I've never had to see a surgeon in my life. I contacted my family doctor yesterday about the celebrex she prescribed and told her about the stomach pain it was causing me and giving me no relief for my back. she told me to stop, and discuss it with the specialist and see what he/she suggests. It is hell to quit cold turkey, but to have a bit of my life back even in pain is somewhat worth it, hopefully I can find a medium somewhere where I can function and and be pain free. I will come back on Monday and let you all know whats going on, again thanks for the great advice and understanding, great community here.

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   Posted 3/18/2012 4:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cobalt,

Somehow I missed your post earlier, but I'm glad I happened across it now. Believe it or not, most of us here often wish we did not have to take our meds and most of us have struggeled with the take it or not thoughts. I know even yesterday I told my sister to remind me if I ever start to suggest stopping meds again to shut up and go take what is prescribed...lol It was because I was in horrible pain from missing my meds and other issues, but it does remind me that my meds make my life more "normal" and I don't have to think about pain 24 hours a day if I have them.

I'm so sorry that you quit cold turkey...that was dangerous as well as horrible for you, I am sure. Melotonin is quite natural and over the counter and my help you rest if you need it for a while.

Also, I hope the spine specialist will be able to help you. Back pain is horribe (all pain is) but back pain is one that I fully understand. it is impossible to forget the siatic nerve unless you find some relief...either from medication or from something else. Perhaps a nerve ablation where they burn the nerve might help. It certainly does for me!

Anyway, I wanted to say Hi and welcome and to lend a little support for a while. I hope your appointment goes well!
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cobalt10
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   Posted 3/18/2012 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
hello

I am regretting getting off the meds, I really shouldn't have especially how i did it. it was stupid. my back is in more pain now then its ever been and nothing is helping. I don't think my doctor will prescribe what I was before now either. I put my self in a bad spot. I had one day where my back was bugging me but it was tolerable and I wasn't sitting in my chair like a zombie. the oxy-codone I was on gave me such a head buzz that I was unable to function, I had told my doctor prior about that, and she told me it was the side effect of the drug. It was a choice between pain or being a zombie and barley being able to function. That is the reason I quit, and from I've read quitting is not dangerous, its just self torture, and believe me, it is. I've been trying to do stretches and exercises recommended to me by my doctor, but nothing is helping. I can only hope tomorrow the specialist has something to help me with. I feel like I'm complaining about so little when I see what a lot of other members are going through, but I guess pain is pain. Thanks again for responding and being supportive, here's to tomorrow

cobalt10
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   Posted 3/19/2012 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello

So I went to see the orthopaedic surgeon today and I'm not impressed. He made me feel like I was over exaggerating my pain and that I should be completely fine to go back to work. Apparently its common for some peoples spine not to develop properly, he said something about the spine is made up of three bones the come together, sometimes fibrous tissue gets mixed in and that's the problem I'm having with one of the discs in my back, the other is a herniated disc. The only good thing that came out of this is that OHIP covers physio at that clinic, so at least I can get going on that. I'm a bit at a loss, I just can't wrap my head around someone telling me I'm not in pain, even after telling me whats wrong with me, is it suppose to tickle? Anyways, I hope the physio helps and I can get back on with my life. I wish this would have happened 6 months ago when the appointment was made, I wouldn't be in the situation I am now, I probably would have been done with the physio by now and at the next stage of what ever. That's my day, thanks for listening (reading)

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   Posted 3/19/2012 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Cobalt,

I think many of us here have had those type of appointments - where some doctor tells us how we should/shouldn't feel... how much pain is "normal" - and so forth.

I would just encourage you to learn to be your own best advocate. Remembering that your doctor is not the "mighty all power" - and that it's simply someone that YOU are paying for their expertise in their field, just like you would hire a plumber for a plumbing problem.... an accountant for your tax matters.... and on down the line. Once a person really understands that - it will help in terms of speaking up....

When a doctor says something about your pain - you will learn to say - well, that may be what the majority of people feel, but I still have pain! - for example.

NOBODY should tell you that you are "over exaggerating" your pain. Nobody is in your body and knows how you feel.

I'm glad you are getting physio though....

Did you talk about your medications?
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   Posted 3/19/2012 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I get what your saying about the doctor, and your right. As for the meds, he told I would have to go back and see my family doctor, because shes the one that started prescribing them. I'm still trying to get a hold of my doctor to get an appointment. I think I'm going to talk to her about the appointment with the specialist and see what she thinks, don't know what else to do right now. I thought I was doing the right thing quitting when I did, and I thought a specialist would have a bit more compassion then a robot. I have to wait a week before I start my physio but its a start.

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   Posted 3/19/2012 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
CObalt10, Momto8kids is correct. I call it the 'God Factor' when I see a Doc like that. I've gotten to where I get kinda abrasive with them when they act that way to me cause I don't appreciate it. He doesn't know how I hurt. Not saying that is a good way of doing it but gets their attention. Too many Dr.s out there to let one treat you that way.

Oh BTW, Welcome to the CP Forum. And hope you get relief soon. Is no fun hurting most all of the time.
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   Posted 3/19/2012 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cobalt Welcome to the forum. I'm sorry that the dr acted "holier than thou" That aggravates the fire out of me. He doesn't know how you're feeling because he's not in your body. I hope the physiotherapy helps you. Take care.

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   Posted 3/19/2012 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cobalt- Welcome to the forum- you will find this to be an amazing place. I had originally seen an Orthopedic Doctor for my low back pain and even after my MRI confirmed what was wrong and me following up with him to get my pain medicine he told me that I should not be in the pain that I am! I was infuriated! He refused to refill my prescription and referred me to a pain doctor. That ended up being better than seeing him, but I ended up switching pain dr's as the one I was seeing was just out to get my money and wasn't helping. I'm fairly happy with my current pain doctor, but the last time I saw him on March 9th he said that he didn't understand why I was still in so much pain after all of the procedures he's tried. So, I had to get another MRI done today so he can see if my conditions have worsened. I guess I can understand his viewpoint, but it didn't make me very happy. I'm sorry that the doctor you saw treated you so badly and wouldn't prescribe you anything...I hope your regular doctor will write you a prescription for something. Keep us posted on how you are doing...so sorry you are going through this and hope you get some relief soon!
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   Posted 3/20/2012 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Colbalt welcome to the forum glad you found us. I have similar problems numbness in the feet, pain radiating down my leg or both. I understand your concern for getting addicted to pain meds as I have the same concerns myself from time to time but most days I am glad to have them I'm not sure some days what kind of state of pain I would be in if I didn;t have them. I have read that there is differences between addiction and dependence so maybe reading some articles on the net would help put you mind at ease. Anyway hope you stick around as this is a great place take care Twiggy2.
Current Diagnosis:
Multi Level DDD, Spinal Stenosis, Protuding Disks and herniation's from C-spine to L-Spine, Mild Osteoarthritis of the spine and Fibromyalgia. Anxiety and Depression.

Meds:

Cymbalta: 60mgs once a day
Tylenol #4: 8 times as day as needed.
Clonazapam 0.5 mgs as needed.

No Worries!
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   Posted 3/20/2012 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I still feel that since I don't get a feeling of being buzzed or high I am not nor will I be mentally addicted to my pain Meds. As for the physical aspect, yes I am dependant upon my pain Meds to help with my pain.

If I stopped taking them for whatever reason I would suffer horrible withdrawal symptoms and would be in terrific pain. I need my pain Meds., but I don't want them. My pm doctors know this and trust the fact that I won't abuse the pain Meds.

Good luck Cobalt! I hope you can recover with physical therapy, time and patience. Keep us posted.

Charles
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