Conorsmom, Barb & Bill,
Thank you for your input. I have been on the med for a day and a half now. I gave in last night as it turned cold and rainy here and my pain level shot up to about
an 8 in no time flat. I normally range around 5 to 6 on a good day. I have not been pain free in well over a year, probably longer, but just gave in this past June and asked my rheumy for something to help with the pain, that's when he gave me vicodin. That worked for a few months, then stopped, he then switched me over to norco, which I'm still taking, but that does not get my pain under control, again I average a 5-6 most days, somedays usually depending on the weather or my activity it can go between 8-10. I just have no quality of life left.
So, I went to the pain clinic at the advice of my gp, my rheumy would have written the script
, but again he is 3 hrs away and this is stuff you can only get 30days supply at a time and have to pick up the prescript
ion in person. I just don't want to have to drive 3 hrs every 30 days. So, pain clinic it is. I know this stuff can be addictive, but if you do it right and work with your doctors and tapper off, just like prednisone you will be fine, so I am told and so I have read. I just have to do something, I cannot continue to live like this any longer. Trust me, this was my last choice and something I never thought I would do. But at this point you do what you have to do.
Bill, if you don't mind me asking, what do you do to control your pain? I too realize the underlying problem is my lupus, fibro, raynauds and sjogrens, I'm on a ton of meds trying to manage that. When I am feeling half way descent I exercise as well. But the meds have not helped and with overwhelming fatigue and pain I can not exerecise. Any secrets you have that you can share are greatly appreciated. I hate taking all this medicine. I take plaquenil, prednisone, immuran, synthroid, prilosec, norco, restasis, xanax, effexor, topomax, omega 3, juice plus and now oxycontin.
Lupus - 1997 Fibro - 2001 Sjorens - 2007 Raynauds - 2008
Plaquenil, Imuran, Prednisone, Synthroid, Topomax, Effexor, Norco, Prilsec, Xanex, Elidel, Restasis
Post Edited (Melissa D.) : 3/12/2009 1:56:22 AM (GMT-6)