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Pain Management board


leebrown,

Join the club.:)

Chronic pain a crummy. Period.

And none of us like the idea that we require meds in order to function or get any enjoyment out of life. Weak? No way. But the feeling is well understood. I suffer with it myself. But if I do not take my pain meds, then I am really good for nothing and no one, including my family. With the meds I am able to be a husband, father, employee, you name it. Without the meds I am useless. It's just the way it is. Have I come to accept this? No. I fight this all the time, but when it comes right down to it, my real strength is in fulfilling my responsibilities to my family, my employer and myself by taking the meds.

You do not have to suffer these down times. There are long acting medications that serve to keep your blood opioid level at a relatively steady state and act to prevent the pain. As opposed to always be chasing pain relief every time the meds wear out. There morphine (MS Contin, Avinza), oxymorphone (Opana), fentanyl patches (Duragesic and generics), etc. Most pain management docs prefer to use these medications since the overall requirement for narcotics actually goes down as opposed to using short acting meds like dilaudid.

Do you see a pain management doc? If so, you might inquire about these long acting meds. If you do not see a PM doc, get a referral to one and see what he/she has to offer. There are plenty of threads here on what to expect of PM docs and how to approach them regarding meds.

And don't worry about addiction. taken long term, opioids will cause dependence. Meaning, if you stop abruptly you will suffer withdrawals. But this is not addiction. Addiction is obsession with acquiring and abusing opioids even to the point of causing harm. If you take opioids as prescribed you will not suffer addiction.

Best of Luck!

steve