The doc that believed the husband and discharged her was a female. I can't say I agree that being female would make her any more willing to be understanding. My first pain management doc was a woman, she was cold and unfriendly from our first meeting, she was never remotely understanding and accused me of lying several times, which hurt my feelings so badly, I left crying. I have never lied to any of my doctors. One day I left her office and never went back, my primary doc suggested a different place, I went there thinking the records from the first doc would start me out badly with him, but he was very understanding and helpful, he has helped me now for years and has never accused me of lying or been nasty to me. The first doc just did not like me for some reason I can't figure out, I've never been treated that way by a doc in my life. It was so frustrating and hurtful.View Thread
No one has mentioned my age at my doc's office yet, I would die if they said anything like that. I was walking like an old lady when I went there the first time, I remember after I started on the opiods, one day at Walmart as I was striding next to my husband, I said "Look I'm not walking like an old lady anymore", I was walking like the old me! I think age has more to do with who you are and not what year you were born, I've known people who were old in their 40's. I hope the FDA or someone doesn't try to take me off these pills as long as I am a functioning vibrant person, but you know what? Why would they take you off the pills even you aren't functioning well? Even being around the house, you have do things, moving without pain or less pain is something anyone deserves to have. Well this is a scary thought! Now I will dread every appointment.View Thread
Oh by the way, after I started taking pain meds, and got more active, I lost 40 lbs and am no longer considered overweight on the BMI scale. I am at the top of "normal" weight and want to lose about 10 more lbs. I can do it. My blood pressure also went down to a normal range. Pain was killing me.View Thread
ayla, (love that name) thanks for the detailed information, much more than I expected. I feel bad for you, my totals are well under the 200 mg max., only 120 mg for me. I've been at this amount for about a year and a half, it isn't working as well as it did, but I don't really want more, especially the morphine, that makes me a bit drowsy whenever I'm still, like sitting, if I'm walking or standing doing something I don't get drowsy. I hate the feeling of trying to stay awake and driving worries me, my husband drives if there's any distance involved. The oxycodone does not make me drowsy at all and diminishes the pain more but I'm required to take the long acting morphine too. At 3 a day I don't consider that long acting. I was having trouble sleeping due to being awakened by pain throughout the night, so I take one morphine at bedtime and it helps some. I still wake up after 2 or 3 hours though and have to change how I'm laying. I've been going to pain management about 5 years now, before that my primary had started me on Hydrocodone but didn't want to do that forever due to DEA checking in, she said. She sent me to pain management. Pain management gave me oxycodone right off, so I was happy as that has the most effect on my pain so far. I had tried another pain doc a year or so before my present doc and they had me try all the meds that aren't opiods and I had nasty, terrible side effects and no pain relief whatsoever. I felt dreadfully drugged and in pain, couldn't function, drive or stay awake, could barely talk sometimes or think, they wouldn't prescribe opiods so I didn't go back. I had been prescribed Percocet for two minor surgeries around 2006 and that helped reduce my normal pain so much (what I live with daily is so much worse than any minor surgical pain) I began my search for pain medication that helped me. The first pain doc treated me like I was a drug addict when I told her Percocet helped. I am so grateful for the one I have today. I garden a good bit now, grow food, shop at big stores, do things with my dog, can cook and clean and I enjoy it. I work at home selling online and go to auctions to buy items to sell, I stay quite busy. I'm 66 and don't feel old at all, except for the pain from cervical and lumbar issues, I get muscle, nerve and joint pain, some totally unexplained. If the day ever comes when I no longer can take any medicine for pain, it would destroy my life, I was at the point where holding a book or sitting doing nothing hurt all over. I hardly went anywhere if I didn't have to. I gained weight which made it worse. I couldn't sleep to escape it, pain kept me awake. I couldn't take NSAIDS as I was on warfarin for DVT and that causes cardiac problems anyway. I just want to stay how I am now, not any worse. Still have pain all the time, but it's manageable and not debilitating. Sorry for the book, I never post in here and I guess I got carried away, oops! Hope you get the help you need to function, I feel for you.View Thread
Can you tell us what the guidelines were and for what meds? The ones they spelled out in the letter they sent you. Thanks. [a class="template-reply-post" id="exchange-post-enabled_A1" style="color: rgb(0, 102, 153); cursor: pointer;" onclick="LoginCreatePost(this,'pain-management-exchange','3'); return false;">View Thread
I haven't heard a thing like that from my pain management doctor, I'm interested in exactly what the letter said were the new guidelines and concerning which medications. I take 15 mg Oxycodone 4 or 5 a day as needed and 15 mg. morphine 3 times a day. I'm urine tested 2, sometimes 3, times a year. My doctor is in the Maryland. What state are you in?View Thread
I have a pain management doc I was referred to by my primary doc who had been prescribing Hydrocodone and Tramadol to me over a year or so, My pain management docs never asked me to turn in what I had left, I still have it. I'm prescribed Oxycodone (breakthrough) and Morphine (long acting) now, If they would change my meds I'd hate to turn in what I had leftover. This is why. Even though I like my pain docs very much and they say they trust me and have been most helpful, I always have this dread feeling that suppose one day they decide to not prescribe anything for me again. The thought of living with the pain with no help is so horrible. And what the DEA is trying to do worries me when I read that pain docs in Florida won't prescribe meds anymore, so it wouldn't surprise me if one day all pain docs would be cutting back on their patients' prescriptions. So if I was asked to turn in the leftover meds I wouldn't want to, I paid for them and would rather keep them in case I was denied a new prescription one day. At least I'd have a little so I could feel better as long as possible. I know one day I'd run out but I would rather postpone it as long as possible, who would choose pain sooner? Your questions made me uneasy as thought you were insinuating that mommiedavis4 was wanting to keep her old meds as if she were using them in a bad way or for a bad purpose. Drugs are expensive and we have paid for them. But to keep my docs happy and stay on good terms I would turn them in if they insisted and I hope they never do. Trust is something you need with a pain management doc.View Thread
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