RehabNurse: Just got up after working all night last night and have read your post. I am worried about you! I think everyone will agree that chronic pain (whatever kind of pain it is) and anxiety/depression go hand in hand. I completely agree with you that the medical profession needs to catch up with treating chronic pain but with all of the highly publicized cases of abuse, I don't think that is going to happen. Even my neurologist, who I truly brag about on here all the time, hesitated this past visit about giving me meds. He actually didn't give me refills on anything which is very unlike him. He explained that, because we live in the county where Chris Benoit (the wrestler) lived and killed himself and his family, the DEA and our Sheriff's Department is coming down hard on all the docs who treat any kind of chronic pain. It is scary - your doctor feels you need meds and are too scared to give them to you. What kind of medicine is that????????? I am so angry at the whole thing in general. My first question to eveyrone is - when someone kills their family and themself, why doesn't anyone blame that person - not the doctor that prescribed the meds? Now, I know the steroids are in question (and I do have a big problem with that), but right now, his doctor is getting screwed about writing pain meds for he and his wife. Go figure?????
Anyway, just know that I am thinking about you. Please keep looking for a doctor that will help. I know that when you are tired and sick, it is difficult to pursue your rights, but please keep trying. Get someone to go with you - I find it always help to have someone else there with me to help battle!
Take care and please write if you need to vent. I am always here to listen! I worked last night and haven't taken meds - guess what? Here comes a headache. I feel like crap. That exhausted feeling where you can't put one foot in front of the other. I HATE THIS!! (Sorry, Ann, I was yelling for that one - ha!). Going to take a Relpax (and ruin my day).
DX: Migraines since June, 2006, kidney stones
RX: Daily - Verapamil, Trileptal
PRN: Relpax, Prednisone, Dilaudid, Lortab, Lidocaine Nasal Spray