The bottom line is...you are not your brother.
I know it may be hard to come to terms with losing him the way you did...and if he had gotten hit by a car, or a bus instead, you would probably feel nervous about
those things as well...BUT...
If you're in pain (and nerve pain can be extremely painful) then you should do something about
it. Not doing something about
it could end up affecting your job more so than having a script
for percocet. Addiction doesn't happen overnight, and if nothing else... your family/friends would probably see it coming if you ever did become addicted (given the experiences you've had and your work environment) BUT...in chronic pain patients "addiction" is very rare, and if you find a good dr, you have even less to worry about
As SB said, the meds are not the end all be all, there are so many things working in conjunction, so many options. I would honestly take your drs advice, see how the meds and therapy work, and go from there.
Who knows, your experiences with pain meds could help in your work. I think sometimes people are judged by appearance and the perception that pain medication is bad and turns everyone into an addict...when that's just not true...and if the shoe were on the other foot...they would not feel that way. (Not saying you're that way at all, but I've run into a lot of people who work in pharmacies that are.) Maybe you can show everyone that you can WORK in a pharmacy and take pain medication and not be an "addict" or "drug seeking".
Post Edited (LexiRae) : 5/15/2012 9:22:04 PM (GMT-6)