Posted 12/14/2017 10:15 AM (GMT -6)
I'm 41 and I've been dealing with chronic pain for over 10 years. about 3 or 4 years ago I finally was referred to a physical medicine doctor. We have tried a lot of things with varying success; physical therapy, home traction device, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, and most recently nerve ablation. The nerve ablation gives me decent relief, but I still get flares of pain once every week or two.
My conditions all seem to be related to auto-immune issues; crohn's, arthritis, neck pain, headaches. Everything that comes up, I do research and find auto-immune at the core. I also have a genetic fusion of C3-C4. The nerve ablations are on both sides, C3-C4-C5. I first had it done in November of 15 and just recently had it done again (so 2 years of some level of relief.)
I also see a psychiatrist for numerous anxiety/stress/depression issues. So I am on a few scripts from him. Back to what brought me back here to post. My doctor has been giving me 5/325 Percocet for the last 2 or 3 years. For at least the last year it has been 30 pills at a time and I request refills every 30-40 days. To me this does not seem excessive at all. Reading other posts here, it seems like a very mild script. Earlier this year he started drug testing me when I picked up the refills. I understand this, given the "epidemic", but it made me feel uncomfortable none-the-less. Yesterday I called for a refill. I have 2 pills left from a 11/08/17 refill; ~35-40 days on 30 pills. Today they left me a voicemail telling me my script was ready, but he won't refill it for 60 days now.
I once again feel like a criminal for asking for relief from pain. I do everything I can before I take a pill; ice, s-hook massager on my shoulders, traction if possible, sleep if possible. Still I get days where I need to keep going at work or with my 4 kids and if I am in pain, I have to take 2-3 pills in a day just to keep the pain at bay. Am I wrong to feel ... insulted? I certainly don't feel addicted nor as though I'm abusing it.
Just looking for support/advice. Thanks.