Thats great that you have your driving back! It's not enough to have mobility issues to begin with but then have your driving ability taken away compounding your freedom to move worse!
It's been a long time but I'm pretty sure if you take away all but my narcotic I wouldn't have much pain relief at all, now take away in reverse the narcotics and I still have some relief from everything else so all of it's tied in together and just as important in my living with CP.
Actually when I found my comfort zone with the right combination of non-narcotic meds such as lyrica & Voltaren, added the correct regiment of therapy and exercise plus made some lifestyle and nutritional changes I was able to come completely off the methadone and onto an extremely low dose of morphine with a hydrocodone b/t which by the way is nolonger prescribed due to my lack of use.
We preach a lot and loud about
finding the right team of Drs, the right combination and class of meds, the best therapeutic modalities suitable for you, to obtain the and build on that.
After I stopped buying into all the "surgical fixes ",took what was left and accepted it for what it was, came to terms with the world of chronic and quality in terms of my life and included a therapist specializing in those terms in my team and learned that mindset can alter my perception of pain and I became a master of distraction, booted my excess baggage be they friends or family I found comfort in this world of Chronic pain,at least the comfort I can live and function with!
VickieCHRONIC PAIN MODERATOR
Knowing when to walk away is WISDOM
Being able to is COURAGE
Post Edited (nvrthesame98) : 8/11/2014 4:11:37 AM (GMT-6)