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just dont know what to do or how much more i can take
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    hurricane 600 is offline New Member
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    I'm an automotive technician. 27 years old. Been seeing a back specialist for 2 years, I have 3 herniated discs and a fractured vert.. wake up curled in a ball hurting and almost end uo in tears while carrying my year old to the car in the morning to start my day of work. Dr.Tan had put me on vicoden 7.5 4 times a day. I've done Pt and always stretch and excersise my back.. He always would tell me how I'm.not.like others my age and if I think I'm ever going to feel better then I'm living in a fantasy world and I have to deal with it. Now I do not want to become a addict and ruin my life with pain killers. I have a wife a daughter and another on the way. We hit the ground running out of high school with high goals and big plans. I've spent so muchh time on money to become the master technician I am today. 2 years ago is when I started having pain. Last month I had enough with my doctor telling me to quit my job and hire someone to do my yard work and reduce the amount of time holding and playing with my child. So he referred me to pain management, gave me a 2 week scriot and said goodluck.. been 2 weeks waiting for pm to call me. So I called them. They said they had no phone number so they just sent a letter. OK. Then I was put on hold and this other woman starts talking to me and saying how they won't RX any meds and want to try all these things I've tried through the last 2 years. I still made the appt cause I don't have a choice. I don't know what to do. Surgery isn't an option at my age. And I absolutely cannot miss any more work or find a new job with our current situation. The only thing that's helped me through this is taking a pain killer when I can't take it anymore. I don't abuse thsm. I don't drink or smoke pot. I want to just make this go away!!!!!! The stress and depression in horrible. And I have to wait another week and a half to get to pain management not knowing if they're even going to help me. Why would pm say those things on the phone before they even evaluated me? What should I do? I need help. I can't take this pain and my girls don't get to enjoy their happy go getting father/husband that I've always been. I used to snowboard and snowmobile, very active. Now I can't do anything but lay in pain and suffer with no help feeling like a worthless pill popper that the doctors make me feel like. I've wasted so much money in hospital bills and tried so many things and I'm in the same boat I was before except now I got withdrawals coming up in another day. I'm curious to see what all you have to say...

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    Iwantoff2013 is offline Platinum Member
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    Have you talked to your original doc about what the pm people said? He/she should still rx meds to you while in transition to this new pm doc. Just cutting you off is not the answer and I can't believe a doctor would do that -- especially to a patient who's not abusing their meds. I would start there.

    As far as WD, hopefully you won't have to experience that if your original doc comes through. If not, I'd use the Thomas Recipe to help with symptoms. It won't be pretty, but the worst will be over in 4-5 days. You only take 4 vicodin per day so your WD shouldn't be too severe.

    Also, you should re-post this on the "Need to Talk" board. It gets more traffic and you'll get a lot of support.

    Good luck.
    Kat

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    hurricane 600 is offline New Member
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    Thanks. I'll try talking to my original doc...

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    Sorry to say but some people can only live the normal happy functioning productive lives when on pain medication. I understand not wanting to go this route. I'm close to your age and have found pain medication to be the only help for the pain. Your doctor who referred you to pm should be able to help you and send records showing you've gone through pt and whatever else, and he should be able to help you with pain until the pm clinic gets you set up right.

    Not sure what area you are from but in my area pm didn't do any pain medication. Just pt and injections.

    Good luck, feel better!

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    It there such a thing here a private messaging? WOW. First, there may be better medical options for you. Second, this it the automotive industry. Crazily, I'm not just from there, but steeped in it. My husband is a former VP/Marketing of a very large retail auto co. We know the laws.

    You really need to took into the laws regarding your care. Are you an employee of good standing? PLEASE. look at FMLA laws, look into state laws- and consider speaking to the HR rep for your company to see what might be available. GREAT way to get assistance for the help you need. Laws and stuff! Be nice, but relentless. Talk, then send letters, emails. Paper trails move folks along.

    Eh you need help with a variety of issues, DON"T delay. It can be resolved. Won't b easy, but totally worth it if you mean to get off the drugs.

    If not, please don't waste anybody's time. Sounds harsh, but we've ALL heard it before

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    I have been there myself and am still there. When I was in my early 20's I had a real bad car accident and my x beat me a lot too. I dealt with the pain for a number of years up to about 6 years ago, oh btw I I am now 40. When I first started taking pain meds was because I had entered a field that requires a lot of physical activity, even though I am a female I was running heavy equipment working in Civil and pain meds helped me a lot,... for a while... I have moved up through the ranks and now hold a very high supervision position, but it came with a price physically... The last couple of years the pain has been debilitating and my PCP referred me to pain management. I was optimistic and often heard PM Doctors call "Drug Dealers with a Licenses". Like you I waited for 2 weeks and no call, and I was almost out of pain meds from my PCP. So I called the pain management clinic, they never received the referral. I was lucky enough that he took me just a couple days later, he was able to pull all my RX history up though their DEA system to confirm that I was not a "Doctor Shopper". He too believes in not treating with just meds, but a series of injections and therapies. The first was a nerve block injection and actually made the pain worse, a lot worse. I was almost afraid to go back to him, but read online that sometimes the nerve injection hurts for a few days and had a follow up apt in 2 weeks, so I dealt with it. When I went back for my apt I could no longer turn my head side to side or up and down, I was miserable. I told him what happen and he told me I should have called him right away because that's an indicator that its more serious than thought and needed to go a different route. He immediately took me back, put me out and gave me a different type of injection that went in between the disk. I was really amazed when I woke up, I could move my neck and a lot of the pain was gone. it actually felt much better until 3 weeks ago until I fell at home trying to carry in groceries. But I still am not hurting like I did the first time. I go Friday for another type of electro injection that he says may do the trick to get me out of most of my pain that could last for months or even more, I sure hope so. But I guess what I am trying to say is that I very much understand what you are going through. I too live everyday in pain, every day... It has became a way of life, a routine. Just to get out of bed in the morning is a big struggle. 1st thing is to take my meds, sit down and watch the news until they start to kick in, still takes a while to get ready, dressed and out the door. I have shed many tears because I just want to live one day or just one morning without reaching for the pain med bottle first thing in the morning. I have 2 herniated disk in my neck, one slipped and bilateral stenosis. The pain meds no longer have any euphotic effect for me, its only feels like my shadow and my crutch now. I live a productive life, it's just not a wonderful life but a good living. I know I have probably delayed treatment from PM for so long now, this is just how it is gong to be but I have hope for relief and I have hope for recovery... If I can tell you anything from my experience, please get a good PM doctor. One that really cares, listens and wants to help. I have friends that are on so much pain meds, valium and Xanax and all from the same doctor! But the doctor does nothing for them but sits down with his RX pad, writes scripts, pats them on the back and says "See you next month". PM can work but self discipline plays a big part in addiction even though the tolerance will build. But get on a treatment that is right for you so that you can at least function somewhat without a ton of medication threatening to ruin your dreams and hopes of being a good father and provider... We will never be out of pain, no amount of will ever get us completely out of pain, when you really do have chronic pain. I have accepted that it is what it is.... hope this helped... tam

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