Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pain pay off

There seems to be a decision when living with chronic pain. How much do you put up with the pain? How much can you distract yourself and what quality of life do you have?

When I take medications (and I have taken Topamax, Endep, Lyrica to name a few) there is always a pay off. Usually part of me, the part that relates to others, disappears a bit. Sometimes I get new symptoms like weight gain or I can't think clearly and I wonder is it all worth it. At the moment I am not taking prescribed drugs for pain and have coped for about 6 weeks using over the counter pain killers. I start to wonder what is worse - the effects of prescribed drugs or panadeine, codeine etc. Then I wonder about quality of life as I can't seem to judge if I am better off.

I want to talk to my pain specialist about my pain treatment options, maybe trying TENS or something else but the way I am feeling today just GIVE ME THE DRUGS.

P.S. I am also very frustrated at not being able to talk to anyone or make an appointment for 3 days with the pain specialist. I find this totally unacceptable for people living in chronic pain. Don't you?
IMAGE Thanks to UnderworldStargazer


Diane J Standiford said...

YES! I do. We have a pain specialist here(means she can give strong drugs) who up and quit, leaving God knows how many to freak out. NO pain is acceptable!! It is 2009. #$%^&*()

Good said...

Thanks for the reply - it is good to know there is someone out there - I enjoy reading your blog too.
yes i don't feel I have anyone overseeing my condition and have to be constantly pro active, trying to find what works for me.

Blinders Off said...

Chronic pain almost drove me to the point of no return more than a few time. I been on every strong pain medication on the market. I hit pay dirt when I was prescribed the morphine patches. I was in hog heaven, I felt absolutely NO PAIN and I was able to function on it better than Lortabs.

Unfortunately, I had to make the painful decision to stop wearing the morphine patch after a year because began causing other problems. I hate the way pain pills make me feel, but I still take a Lortab now and then for some relief. I hope you find a solution that works for you soon.

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