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Off topic:What made/caused you start using pain meds?
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    Default Off topic:What made/caused you start using pain meds?

    I know this is off topic but it could in turn help people who are struggling by reading how others have struggled over the years.I'll start off.
    In Feb 2006 I had a car accident which caused pain and took the Doctors over a year to figure out what was wrong.
    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and was given Darvocet and Vicodin. I was on and off of it for several years,usually during the summer time I would stop using them and when the weather turned,I'd be right back on them.The pain was unbearable.I have a few more accidents after but nothing bad until December 2011.I had a 2003 Pontiac Vibe,which is a small car,and I hit a person in a 1986 Ford F250. Needless to say,my car was totaled and he had a dent in the bumper.
    Since then,my back has hurt and only 1 time after I was able to stop taking pain meds during the summer. April 2012 I was moving my drums and noticed my back was hurting really bad,like never before.I nearly fell and was freaking out because I never experienced pain like that.After a year of that,and not really putting much thought into it until August 2012 when me and my wife started living together,the same problem came up. Again I dismissed it,went to the Doctor and got a few days worth of norco and was on them for 2 days until I could get around better. October hits and the pain returns.Not unusual and so I went to the Dr and he knew what was going on since we had been doing this since 2007. This time,I stopped but went right back on them. The pain in my back was horrible and I had no idea why. I go to a few different Doctors and one done Xrays and said I had stenosis.I had no idea what that was so I went to my normal specialist the next day for the appointment and she explained it to me. I had a c/t scan done since the other Dr refused to send medical records to my other doctors.I refused to see him again because him and his nurse were arguing about what medications to prescribe and didn't want to answer my questions. c/t scan results showed I had 2 bulging disc and stenosis in my lower back. This past month I had an MRI Done on my neck because the muscle relaxer stopped helping me and I was having pain in my bones along with the normal pain the Felxeril took care of. Results showed I have a herniation at C5-6 and my neck is pulling itself straight. I now have to go see a heart Dr since my blood pressure and pulse are high and they want to make sure there is nothing wrong with heart.She said it's likely just stress and pain causing it,but would rather me be checked out so she wouldn't worry about me.I have a great specialist and they don't rush me out of the office.They answer my questions.I wish every Dr was that way.My Primary Doctor doesn't even do this and he gets mad I go and see her for advice instead of him.He hates explaining things so I go where I get the better care at. So now I am back on the pain meds.I am on Vicoprofen,which seems to help much better then norco. I go to a brain and spine Dr in October. I am hoping they can find a way to help my pain so I can get off the pain pills again. I don't want to take them but like last night,if I don't I can't move very well or walk far.
    The specialist I see said surgery will do me no good since they have to fuse bones together. She said when my legs start going numb and pain shoots through them,she will send me for surgery. Right now they aren't allowed to prescribe narcotics because of a few mistakes they made,but I still trust them more then any Dr I have been to.
    I did not post this to cause a problem,but sometimes it does help to talk about what got you started on medication and for those who have stopped,how they done it and what symptoms they had to deal with.I have always been interested in what others deal with on a everyday basis and how they cope with pain similar to mine with or without pain meds. Please do not take my post the wrong way.I have exhausted all my options before I started using again and was doing great up until the last month or so.I was off them but went right back after a month or so off. I have a reason to be on them,but deep down,I was to stop taking them and never have to even look at another pill in my life,but I have to face my reality and continue my search.Maybe I will find it in this thread. I do apologize now if anyone is offended for me posting this.
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    Default Why I start using pain meds

    I definetly started using pain meds for emotional pain. I was already addicted to ativan. Someone I knew gave them to me to help with my ativan addiction which I had started takeing due to depression and panic attacks. I took them for years for the euphoria. Now i've graduated to oxys. Unfortunatley now I truly have pain issues arthritis,joint pain, back pain. I can't move unless i take pain med's. I am currently 1 month in a methadone clinic at 60mg. I am still taking pain medication 1 hour after I dose because of the pain. So I am no longer opptimistic about this process. I am no longer dependant on ativan or other benzo's due to the fact I basically had to choose between benzo's or pain meds.. So I really lost hope but at this clinic they have counselors so im hopeing we can come up with a plan. I wasn't offended by this question at all. I know in recovery we have to recognize our trigger's. Whe we use.
    So if anyone has a coment or suggestion i would appreciate it. I know that might not be the right thing to do because that would take us off topic here. I guess I should fing another thread to post a question.
    sorry Im new to this and even knew to blogging. I've never done this before. Thanks
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    I may get grief for this, may not. But I have been in a rocky marrige pretty much from the start. I discovered opiates from a back injury about 4 years in, been married about 11 years. It's just these past few weeks, I don't know, maybe past few months that I realized I have just been numbing myself all this time. This, coupled with anxiety problems my whole life, was the devils brew for another player I guess. I'm in day 4 I think of a quick sub tapper and I think I'm ready to deal with my reasons which is causing a lot of emotions and scarring me to death. We all know where dealing with this issue is going to lead. I know there is a reason or story behind everyone's addiction. It's not like we all woke up one day and said "Yeah, I think I'll become an addict today".
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    That's right! We didn't wake up and say " I think ill become a addict"! It happens over time! I speak of experience! Me well it started with sciatic pain followed by gallbladder removal them planters facia . Over three years I was at about 25 pills a day.. Of Vic's and ms.cotton. I'm on day 2 but last night sucked! Wtf is up with the RLS!!!!! It's horrible it's the only reason I have not quit! But bearing thru I have no choice

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    Quote Originally Posted by scared-straight View Post
    That's right! We didn't wake up and say " I think ill become a addict"! It happens over time! I speak of experience! Me well it started with sciatic pain followed by gallbladder removal them planters facia . Over three years I was at about 25 pills a day.. Of Vic's and ms.cotton. I'm on day 2 but last night sucked! Wtf is up with the RLS!!!!! It's horrible it's the only reason I have not quit! But bearing thru I have no choice
    Bananas and Gatorade will help with the RLS.I've done the W/Ds enough to know what to get before I do a CT. I am glad to see a few have posted and shared their stories with us. I still continue to fight my pain and am still on Vicoprofen,. I see a Brain and Spine specialist very soon and I am really hoping there is a surgery they know of that can help me.I have to travel 1 hour 1 way to get there,but if they can do a surgery to stop the back pain,I am all in 100%.Even if there is a 5% success rate I am doing it. I want off these pills more then anyone knows. This past week I was laid up for 3 days straight.I slept way more then I usually do. My blood pressure goes sky high when the pain is really bad,which it was since the meds didn't help.When I finally went to my doctor,my BP was 140/110 and my pain level was only a 5.The few days prior to that my pain level was 11,over the chart. It was very hard to deal with those few days,but I didn't over medicate to try and take the pain away.Heck,the Dr I seen at the clinic asked if I smoked Marijuana.I told him no but I think he was hinting around about trying it to control my pain better. I told him that was next if I didn't get any relief and I am pretty dead set on doing so if I can't get the pain to stop. I have thought about suicide and ending this nightmare. I do seek treatment for the Depression and severe Anxiety I deal with.If it weren't for my kids,I'd already be gone. I'm sorry if that offends anyone,but it is very hard to live with this pain and doctors look at you like an addict. Sorry for the rant and whoever reads this,keep at it. Don't ever give up trying to get off the meds.They are horrible and honestly,they should be banned and marijuana used to control pain.
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