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Pain Management board


Hello again everyone,

I've been on these boards for a few months now and while I usually don't have a lot to say I still read the forums every day and try to add to threads when I know a little something that might help others.

Right now I'm not doing so well. In the past I've been given meds for depression, nothing worked. My doctor had me tested for ADD since I had a lot of the symptoms. The testing had shown that I did have ADD so my doctor put me on Adderall. It worked wonders. Not only could I concentrate my depression went away. This was 5 or 6 years ago when I started taking the Adderall. About 2 years ago the pain started. At first I was just taking hydrocodone 7.5 four times a day as needed. I went through a lot of PT, x-rays, scans and so on. They could never pinpoint what was causing the pain. It's in the area between my shoulder blades, T3-T7.

So after 1.5 years of trying all these different things the back specialist gave up on me when I refused to have my nerves burned. There was only a 50/50 chance it could help and a big chance it could actually make the pain worse. And on top of that it would only last 3-9 months if it worked.

My GP took control of my pain meds again. He started me out on the Fen patch which worked very well when I got it to stick in the right place, but it gave me a bad rash and with summer coming we decided to stop the patch and I was put on Oxycontin. It took about 3 weeks to find the right dose but something I noticed when I started taking the patch. My depression was coming back. Now that I've been on these longer acting potent pain meds my depression is getting a lot worse again. And I'm starting to have issues concentrating.

I can't have this happening. I take these medications to help me live my life as well as possible with the medical conditions I have but I can't take them if they are going to make things worse for me. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid of talking with my doctor about it. He's already said he's done everything he can for me, if I need something more as far as pain control goes I'll have to see a PM and that scares me more than anything. When I was first sent to the back specialist the first thing he did was cut my pain meds by 1/3 the daily dose I had been on without even talking with me about it, I was in a lot of pain until I talked him into at least putting me back up to what I had been taking(7.5 Norco 4x a day). And I've read quite a few stories about PM's and all the stuff they make people do just to get some relief from the pain. :confused: I am so confused right now. I don't know what to do and I'm afraid the depression is going to cause me to make bad decisions.

Can anyone give me some advice/help? I know there has to be someone out there that's had something like what I'm going through happen to them.

Thanks,
Greg