Am I suffering from withdrawal since changing medicine.
Yes? - 22.2% - 2 votes
No? - 66.7% - 6 votes
Any suggestions? - 11.1% - 1 votes
Posted 6/18/2013 12:07 AM (GMT -7)
Also wanted to say I am following my doctor's orders with everything. He explained that even though the relief from the medication was gone the medicine was still in my system. I WAS under the assumption that since the med stopped working, my body had used it all up. I am more educated now thanks to you and my doctor.
Posted 6/18/2013 8:01 AM (GMT -7)
I never realized how hard this world of navigating chronic pain was. I was always so clumsy or whatever I would end up hurting myself and end up on pain killers quite a few times a year. I never had trouble getting them so I never gave it much thought. Then in January my chronic pain story began. I still have not had the trouble some of you guys have had but I even had trouble getting Cymbalta rewritten by another doctor after I got out of the hospital. (They thought it would interfere with my other psych meds). I have learned some great things on this website. For instance I have leftover pain meds that were prescribed to me and I did not know that it would get me in trouble with my PM to take them. I thought if they were prescribed to me I could take them. (My PM doesn't have me on any narcotics). Anyway I feel for you. Some of us just do not know things that other people take for granted in knowing. I do not think anyone should be looked at poorly for it. I think it is important to let others know what a PM will think about taking more meds than prescribed but this place is about community and learning. I hope you can still feel that. I know a lot of the members gave you that support but I just wanted to give my two cents. I love this place. I want it to be a positive part of my day.
Posted 6/18/2013 9:11 AM (GMT -7)
Hi Connie, I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I'm glad everything is working out for you.
Posted 6/18/2013 9:50 AM (GMT -7)
Connie do you have an appt scheduled with your surgeon any time soon? I sure hope you can get some answers. You said the dr thinks the pain is coming from L5-S1, that is the very bottom disc in your back. And this is also an area that many people have problems with too. I sure hope the Fentanly will keep the pain at bay until you can get seen by the surgeon.
Posted 6/20/2013 3:37 AM (GMT -7)
I am so thankful to find this group who are dealing with their own pain and want to help give support and advice. I was never looking for sympathy. I needed and still need empathy. You all are awesome. You have lifted my spirits. It may take a month or longer to get approval from wkman comp's. The waiting game I play constantly with them.
I will keep you informed when I learn anything.
Seems this day and age almost anything could be fixed. With exception of incurable diseases. And some of those are being controlled now. I would much rather discomfort from another surgery for a few weeks than to be on pain medications the rest of my life.
I wish the best to you all. Thanks again for taking your time to broaden my knowledge on what I'm going through. I think this group is great. You make me feel better knowing I have support from real people who actually are going through just about the same thing.
Posted 6/21/2013 8:37 AM (GMT -7)
Hi Connie, oh, I totally forgot you are dealing with WC & it all has to be approved by them. Hopefully they will not drag their feet too long in getting this authorized.
No, I do not think for one moment you were looking for sympathy, you need to be able to communicate with people that live with chronic pain and know what it is like. People that do not have CP really have no clue what it is like and trying to help them understand is sometimes just not possible.
Please keep us posted & check in with us so we know you are ok....Susie
Posted 6/25/2013 3:45 PM (GMT -7)
Hi Connie, I so understand how u feel... I never wanted to NEED to take pain meds just to do what others do normally in a day... I cannot stand at the counter long enough for the toast to pop up without having to bend over and put my weight on the counter... I can't walk for more then 40 feet without my back feeling like it will break in half.. this has been going on for about the last 12 years and I feel so depressed due to how it not only affects me personally, but my family and friends... I don't socialize anymore, couldn't keep a boyfriend, am now on Disability, and I feel like a failure.
My PM Dr.'s are great, but I feel like they just don't understand the pain I have... I am taking a total of 100 mg. of Oxycodone daily with no LA meds as of now... I don't know why they keep me on the SA meds but I can't complain for fear of being labeled a "Drug Seeker" and being dismissed... So I just stay on what I am on and some days it's just not enough...
I feel for your situation...as I am in it too... Keep the Faith...
Posted 6/25/2013 4:37 PM (GMT -7)
Just read re:heating pads - please please please be more careful !
I LOVE the relief I get from heat.. & wanted to share how I use them ..
Electric heating pad is layer 1
A couple of microwaved bed buddy type of heating pads for layer 2
Layer 3 consists of several layers of material- which changes whenever I do laundry.. usually at the least a couple of beach or other large towels & light blanket.
Do not want to add any more pain to my existing pains !!
Please experiment until you find a warm comforting heat. I was being lazy when I started doing this.. did not want to keep getting up every hour to warm up my seed- filled heating pads As I prefer the more gentle heat of the seeded vs the electrical pads.
(I would get up to do it & get sidetracked. . you know how that goes!!)
Hoping you find the correct combination of treatments, therapy & meds soon.