Stigma on opoid pain med's gives me serious confusion , i agree that someone who has no pain what so ever and uses the med's is in fact
(addicted) to the eurphoric feeling , but someone who has around the clock 24 hour pain for the last 7-8 years and uses it stictly for the
(ddd) ( fibro) (bone spurs) etc , i do not see it as addiction i see it as
proper pain management.
If they havent heeled/fixed it by now..... what am i to do. I do not wish to live out my life ''hoping'' one day they will get lucky and figure out how to fix me , when i can have a better life until they do.
I feel like our health care system is almost a joke.... in these fields.
Chronic pain until we get around to the proper diagnosis , is no longer sufficent.
I don't know where you're from, but here in Canada the medical system is a joke. I also suffer from chronic pain and take opiate painkillers, and conventional medicine really has nothing else to offer in this field.
Have you tried acupuncture? I'm about as sceptical as they come about anything including alternative medicine, but what can I say? It works! I finally tried it out of desperation and I found it brought longer, more effective pain releif than massage, physio, or chiropractic.
Cannabis may be a solution for you too. For some (like myself) is offers little to no relief, but for most it offers substantial relief that it sometimes supperior to opiates. I know a lot of people aren't crazy about the idea, but it's better for you than opiates, and a lot less addictive (not at all addictive for many, including myself).
If you don't like the idea of smoking, you can buy a vaporizer. It's a device that heats the plant matter to a point where it releases the chemicals in a hot vapor into the air. Because it's heated enough to be released, but below the point of combustion, you don't get any of the tar and carcinogens found in smoke. There are varrying qualities of vaporizers, however. A "Volcano" is your best bet, with the highest quality delivery and zero carcinogens/tar. With a lower-end vaporizer you may still get some of the nasties from smoke, but it's still substantially better than smoking.
Good luck to you. Feel free to PM if you're in need of advise or support, I know how exhausting chronic pain can be.
Hi, just wanted to say I know exactly what u mean!! I am only 32 yrs old, I have degenerative disc disease, I found out 4 months ago i had 8 disc herniations in my spine-i've recently had 2 surgeries to remove 3 of them and a metal plate with screws put in my neck! i have severe sacroiliac pain/dysfunction, & i was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia last week!! I am in so much pain 24/7!! I get spinal nerve blocks, sacroiliac nerve blocks, occipital nerve blocks in the back of my head, and just got 15 trigger point injections last week for the fibro, but i am still in pain 24/7 & last week my neuro wanted to start weining me off my oxycodone, says i've been on it too long!! i am taking vicodin now. but i think it's a crock, they don't know what it's like to feel like we HAVE too!!