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Ok, I have been dealing with chronic pain since last September, and chronic migraines now for years. For the chronic migraines, I used to take maxalt, vicoden, and ibuprofen. This was for years, and for most times I would take 1/2 or 1 vicoden if it was bad, and then I grew more tolerent, and it would take 2, and this has probably been for 10 years now. Then in September, my tmj flared up, and it has been a year now and it has not stopped. I am in a particually terrible flare up, horrible, barely talk it hurts so bad, and I cannot do anything but think about my pain. I have been on the same medications since last September, valium, and vicoprofen (like vicoden, except it has ibuprofen), and then in February, I moved to Long acting med, o.c. 40 mg 2x daily, it helped some, but I never felt the pain go away, and continued to take vicoprofen for breakthrough. I never felt I responded well to oxycontin,so I asked to decrease to 20 mg o.c. 2x daily, they gave me percocet last September and it did not work as well as hydrocodone for me, but I am in extreme pain and I have been in extreme pain for 4 days now. What do I do? I need more help. I see my facial pain doctor tomorrow, I have to travel 2 hours to see him, but he is not my prescribing pain doctor. I have a pain contract with her.

I need more help, I need some relief, I need a break from this pain. I am unable to take care of my house, and it is not helping my marriage (I am not sure he understands what chronic pain feels like). He is frustrated with our house, and I have 2 small boys to take care of, they are 2 and 5. I stay at home, and really need help.

As I explained my pain management regimine, and my tolerence, should I make an appt to meet my doctor today? Should I call my facial pain doctor, and have him talk to my prescribing doctor? I feel I can not take another day. My face is getting worse, from the condyle being dislocated, discs gone, other condyle almost worn down to nothing, migraines, trigemal neuralgia, myofascial pain, muscle spasms, and fibro. I need help getting through this terrible flare up, can anybody tell me what the right thing to do is? **REMOVE***. Please help. Should I just try and bear it?

Thank you for your time,

Kassandra
Thank you all for responding, and helping me. I made it through the day, amazingly,and I called my facial pain doctor, crying, leaving a message for him to call my pcp, and work together on my pain plan. I never heard back. My face is a mess, it is sliding to the right, and 99 % of my severe pain is on the left side of my face. I see my facial pain doctor today, and I hope he has a plan. I am so desperate. I have called him the last past 2 days in the morning upset over the amount of pain I am in. I have been waking up at 4 am in screaming pain, and quivering in pain ( I think that is the best way to explain it) until the medication kicks in. I usually do not go back to sleep and it makes it for a long day with the boys.

With the facial pain, teeth pain, eye pain (migraines, they are always in the left eye) and arm and leg pain from fibro and the darn cold weather, yesterday was a hard day. My migraine came on, I did not have any maxalt left, I tried valium, and then flexeril, for some time now the doctors have been telling me that they are not migraines they are muscle spasms in my face, and head going into my left eye, so to treat them with muscle relaxants. Desperate, I looked everywhere, found a 5 mg maxalt and it did not help too much, then I called my pharmacy and my doctors had called in a refill for 10mg. I came home and took one and went to bed with the boys. All day I needed a dark room, no noises, no lights, and to lay still, I was unable to do that. I asked, begged my husband to come home and help me, but he was too busy working. Instead I wore a disposable eye patch most of the day, my pirate patch too, and periodically kept taking medication to try and calm it down. I believe it is all related to my facial problem. My left side of my face is an issue, and over the last year it has gotten worse. Last September, I was told from a couple of surgeons I needed surgery to look in their and wash it out, try to calm it down, but our insurance does not cover anything to do with tmj. Now the problem is much worse, more damage, every panorex I have had taken has been worse.

2 weeks ago I saw my facial pain doctor, he told me I was not responding to his splint treatment, and it was probaly due to the right condyle being dislocated. He said he does not exactly know how to fix it, but he was going to take my panorex to an orthodontist friend of his to see if braces could fix my dislocated jaw bone. I do not have high hopes for that, and I had braces for 12 years, from 10 to 22. This is so past tmj now, any ideas how I can get more help, and help from insurance. I am ready for surgery yesterday. My being in pain, tired, and sick has damaged my life, especially my marriage, and he is so busy I have to hire a babysitter to help me. I know it is the last thing you might think of when you have been married 8 years, is having a spouse dealing with chronic pain, ( I have been a stay at home mom for over 5 years). I think he has stopped that and understands. I am writing this all because it all adds up. My husband wants his old wife back, specifically the one he married 8 years ago, but I am now a mom to 2 boys, and try to keep the house somewhat picked up. It is always hard. The boys are with me all the time, maybe with their dad a couple of hours a week, and I run the household, and do everything for the boys, no matter how bad I am. I do appreciate my husband very much.

Anyway, I just called my doctor, desperate, and they can see me at 8:45. I am praying they can help me with the pain, until a plan is figured out.

Wish me luck, and thank you for being there.

Kassandra