I just wanted to come out of hiding after lurking these boards for some time now and say hello. I too suffer from chronic pain and have for nearly three years now. Everyday is a struggle and my nights are long and painful. At the moment I'm an American living in Australia with my family so the names of our meds are a bit different but I think I can manage.
I was in a pretty severe dirt bike accident three years ago which has left my body and spirit in tatters. I have brachial neuralgia on my left side as well as myofascial pain syndrome also on my left shoulder and neck area. Sometimes it hurts just to breathe, let alone move. The doctor's say I have nerve damage in the very small nerves in my chest area and there is no way they can operate there. So, because of that, I experience sharp burning pains shooting into my shoulder and down my arm and into my elbow. Sometimes they go as far down as my hand. I get numbness and tingling as well and my muscles in my arm are weakening from lack of use.
Now as far as the myofascial pain, my scapula kills me when I put pressure on it as well as my collarbone. I get TPI's about every six months and they seem to work some but pain meds seem to be the only things that take the edge off. I'm a very active person even though I'm hurt because of the fact I can't let myself rest. See, I have OCD along with my injuries and I feel guilty if I sit too long so I push through the pain. I've been known to cry as I have been mopping the floor.
Don't worry I'm seeing a therapist for that too.
At the moment I am taking hydrocodone for my pain. I will post another post later with details with my trails and tribulations about my doctors and meds, but for now I just wanted to say hello and tell all of you that it is nice to have a place to go where others can relate to what you're going through. It's nice to meet you all and I hope to have many future chats with all of you. I pray you all have a pain free day.