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Hi Jen,

I'm sorry you are having such a difficult time. I'm 27, and my pain started from an accident when I was 24. It is hard to be young, and faced with the stigmas that come attatched to it when you're in legitimate pain. Like you, I have been to many doctors, and have had every sort of injection, been through years of PT, and tried anything I thought may work. My pain meds have never made the pain go away, and often, I find myself just trying to accept that pain medication can only do so much. However, that being said, I was on Fentanyl 25mcg, Percocet 5mg every 6 hours, and Valium 5 mg twice a day and still feeling a daily pain level of a 6. When I last saw my Pain doc, we decided to off the Fentanyl, to see if it was even helping, or just causing useless side effects. He upped my Percs to 7.5mg every 4 hours, and upped the Valium to 3 times a day. I can't say that besides some icky feelings the first week (a little shaky, sick stomach, hot and cold flashes) that my pain has worsened. It is just as severe without the added narcotic.

I think it might be a good idea, like some others have suggested, to write your PCP a letter, or attempt a conversation. Maybe it's time to go to a specialist. Also others have suggested trying different med combos (which, many of us know, can be frusterating!!) and surgery. They may be avenues you want to consider. It sounds like the first key is finding a good doctor who you can be honest and comfortable with. There are docs out there who don't discriminate based on age, sometimes it's just a long process to finding them. I know it's hard to be patient, at least for me, when you're not getting relief. Hang in there, Jen. There are steps you can take:)