Chronic Pain Support Group

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How Do I Convince My Doctor I Need Pain Med

I've been suffering with shoulder, neck and knee pain for about 7 years now. (Bad car accident in Jan, 2000) It's getting worse as I get older. Plus all those injuries are slowly getting operated on now. (I'm 51) Laying down in bed has to be the worst position of all. Isn't that just great! (ie: NO SLEEP!) I do get some sleep, but trying to get out of bed REALLY hurts. I have to sit at the edge of the bed for a while and let everything kind of settle back into place. Morning pain is at a level 10 every morning. The only thing that really works for me is Vicodin, but my doctor doesn't want to give them to me. I'm not a kid looking to get high! I feel insulted at the thought! I really do need them. Just one in the morning, and not even every morning.
Sorry to say, I have a friend who can get them from time to time. But I hate to buy it off the street. Plus it makes me feel low doing that, and what if I get caught? Jail?

So......any advice on how to get him to trust me with Vicodin? They're made for people in pain....."That's me"!

PS..Is it legal to buy Vicodin from Canada. If so, does anyone have a web site I can check out?

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deleted_user
deleted_user

I totally relate to what you are saying. I suffered for years and then finally figured out that it was my neck. Even then the docs acted like they would run the tests to placate me. Well, it was messed up in five places, but because so many years went by there is permanent nerve damage, so pain meds are a must.

Now, to what you are asking: The medical records helped to prove I wasn't trying to get high, but desperately wanted to be out of pain. I still had to kiss three frogs before I got to the Prince and he didn't hesitate to make my life better. For me, even Loratab throughout the day was a roller coaster, and this new Pain Specialist put me on the Fentanyl patch, only 25 miligrams. I swear it's the first time in years that I have truly had relief. So to finish, keep going to doctor after doctor until you get a good one. One of my frogs told me I just need to get a good nights sleep and be happy. He's lucky I am not a "go postal" type. If I can help in any way, let me know. Good luck. deb
deleted_user
deleted_user

oh gosh, don' get it off the street! If you get caught with a controlled substance with out a script for it in your name you can go to jail for illegally posessing a controlled substance. Find another doctor, I take 3-4 per day for my back and neck pain, and I have been for the last 3-4 yrs. Its not unusual to tkae tha tfor this type of pain good luck
deleted_user
deleted_user

I understand how you feel. My pm doc has told me that he cain't keep on THROWING pills at me. I am on methadone. He wants to do injections in my spine due to arthritis and ddd. I keep on saying no and that is really irritating him. Basically he has told me that he is giving me three months to decide to have the injections because he will stop the methadone. I understand that it is a hard med but I don't take it for a high neighter. I understand that there is a lot of problems that can arise from taking the pain med. I am going to have to pay for other bad apples in the group. What I am saying is when we was in school the teacher didn't know who did the wrong so everyone had to be punished. Because of that one bad apple everyone will pay.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I suffered for 5 yrs. before I was diagnosed and then was given pain meds. I advise you to go to other doctors. Go to an arthritis Dr. or even Pain Management. Take all your past medical records with you and ask a family member that knows how you are suffering go to the Dr. with you and speak up for you. Agree to sign something stating you won't ask for refills, loos the meds or have other excuses to get them early. Ask for a referral to a pain management Dr. It is very hurtful. My Dr. for 10 yrs. didn't treat me right with my pain and I had to leave and find someone who would. The Dr.'s I saw usually said I was drug seeking or that I was depressed. Well, yeah. I was in pain 24/7...that tends to depress a person I reckon! I pray for you and good luck.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I'd change doctors.
My GP referred me to a PM himself.
Some are just afraid to script pain meds.
Don't live with that kind of pain honey.
::huggzz::
deleted_user
deleted_user

I just want you to know you are not alone. I am in the same position as you, but, it's REALLY hard for me to get the meds I need, because I am a 22 year old college student, and only have health insurance through my school. Of course they think i'm a drug seeking kid (I am not). I have tried to use my hydrocodone as little as possible, but its so hard b/c i am in pain everyday. good luck and take care!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I can't add to the advice..b/c mine would be for you to keep looking for a doctor that's going to take you and your PAIN seriously.

I'm sorry you're going through this. I think we've ALL been through what you're going through right now.

I wish you the best...Becky
deleted_user
deleted_user

My dr won't presribe vicodin either. He tells me I can't possibly have flares so I don't need it.
jquick
jquick

FIND A DOCTOR, PAIN MANAGEMENT. KISSED MANY ROGS, THEN FOUND MY LIFESAVER. I ACTUALLY BELEIVED IF NOT FOR HER. I WOULD OF DONE SOMETHING. DON'T GET CAUGHT WITH
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT LEGAL SCRIPT, FELONY, JAIL TIME. GOOD LUCK TO YOU. JANE
deleted_user
deleted_user

If you want to stick with your doc..ask for referral to pain management. Not only can they prescribe the appropriate med ..they can do nerve blocks to help you get some relief as well. Good luck to ya but please use someone to help you manage the pain to allow you some quality of life!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Look in the local phonebook and see a pain management specialist. If you are in an HMO call the customer service number and ask the ins. carrier if there are any pain Drs. in their plan. If so your HMO has to give you an out of network referral to one. Insist on it.

Once at the new Dr do not expect a higher class pain med on the first visit, but you should get them on the follow-up.

Vicodin is an okay med, but the funny thing about pain meds like that is they work better if you take them before the pain gets bad.

You wake up at 10/10 because the meds are out of your system or worn off is better. So a long acting/time released med is called for. You can see the meds list on the CP page and it shows you what works for the most of us.

Ouch
Keyz
Keyz

I really want to thank all of you for the great advice you've given me.
Thank you all so much.

Friday (Aug 31) I see my orthopedic doctor. I'm having complications with the surgery he did last April on my shoulder. He said he might have to go back in. I really hope not, but if he does......so be it.
I'm going to tell him to please not treat me like a drug seeking child. I'm 51 years old with chronic pain due to an almost deadly (for me) car accident back in 2000. All I ask, is for one pill at night time. It helps me sleep and I can lay down in bed without pain. Laying down in bed is the most painful position of all. I have epilepsy also, (due to C spine damage from the accident) so I need sleep. Lack of sleep can bring on a seizure.
I'll post back here Friday night to let all of you know what he says.

Thank you all again....

Joey
ZAZAS
ZAZAS

Total agreement, you got to find a pain mangement doctor, ask your doctor to send you to one.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Keyz, I'm in the similar situation, and already on disability. Until recently, I was beside other meds also on Methadone. Seems like getting stronger medication is ongoing problem. I was also in pain management specialist where I had to take a lot of humiliation, since those procdures constantly make you feel like a 'drug for fun seeker'. I'm giving up. I'll rather stay in more physical pain, then taking the humiliation. My next visit is with my family MD, which means end of Methadone, but I no longer care. If it gets too bad, then... I'm not going finish the sentence.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I just wante to let u knot that vicodin ISNT legal in canada, I live in mich and have drove over thinking the same thing, what they have that is legal is 222's all that is is asprin and codine, but the codine is so low that it doest do anything for pain, but works great on headaches. so I bought 6 bottles. Now my aunt has a boyfriend over there so she gets them for me, so if you see something on the net saying its legal,,, they are liying! Dont risk it, thats a fed offense and big jail time.
Good luck I know how hard it is.
licia