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Addicts with Chronic Pain?

Mar 19, 2016 7:48 PM

I'm a recovering opiate addict with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, back problems, and pseudotumor cerebri. I take Percocet for my pain, but because of my high tolerance I'm finding it less and less effective and the dosage keeps going up and up. I can't take fibro meds, Tramadol, or muscle relaxers.

I'm just wondering if there's any support on here for addicts with chronic pain. Kaiser has great support groups for chronic pain and chemical dependency, but they have yet to mesh the two. I'm starting to feel like nobody understands this sort of struggle and it's a very lonely feeling.

Mar 19, 2016 8:03 PM

I am sorry that this is a problem for you Ashlee. I am wondering what you are saying when you say you are an addict. Are you saying that you abused them or are you saying that you became dependent on them because those are to different things. I was just curious. If you are an addict and on pain medicine because of the pain, I can see the need for a separate support group so that others can understand what you are going through.

Mar 19, 2016 8:16 PM

I'm an addict who abused them. I got addicted to Percocet in 2012 when they were given to me for my neurological condition. I had taken time off from school because I was in and out of the hospital, I was very depressed, severely agoraphobic, and had an eating disorder. The pills were the only thing that made me happy, however synthetic that happiness was.

By the end of 2013 my depression was well-managed, I was eating again, and I had worked through my anxiety and agoraphobia so much that I had completed college and gotten a job. But it wasn't until 2014 that I got off Percocet on my own, cold turkey. I continued to abuse other drugs, but never got addicted to anything else. In 2015 I had to start taking Percocet for my pain again and that's when I sought help for my addiction. Now my prescription is written and monitored by my chemical dependency doctor.

Mar 19, 2016 8:30 PM

AshellF, perhaps there is a different medication that they can prescribe for you instead of Percocet. I was addicted to Vicodin back in 1992 and then the doctor cut me off cold turkey and sent me to pain management. I started over from the beginning with different treatments and and medications. As time has gone by, I have never been given Vicodin again and I also have never had an issue with getting hooked again or experiencing any other problems with them. I wish you all the very best and hope that your doctors manage your medications so that you have no more issues with them and get the relief that you need from them. Sending gentle {{{Hugs}}} 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Mar 19, 2016 8:30 PM

I am glad that you have such a doctor. Have you thought about going to google and starting such a group and being it's monitor. I am sure that there are others out there with your problem. It would be similar to doing this and you could have chat sessions. That is what I saw at one of their group sessions there. I would check this out.

Mar 19, 2016 8:35 PM

Thanks Profiler!! I am sure there are many more like me who's doctors didn't understand their pain or couldn't diagnose their pain and just gave them medication to try to quell their pain symptoms. I don't think that I would want to be the moderator of the group, but thanks for confidence in my ability to do it. {{{{Hugs}}}} 💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Mar 19, 2016 8:40 PM

Alwayz, can you email me the information I need to make you my Facebook friend so I can join the circle. You can email me at daniel_flores@comcast.net

Mar 19, 2016 9:54 PM

I emailed you how to do it this morning when you asked me to on a different feed. If you didn't receive it, let me know because says it was delivered and you should have it. Check your Spam folder. If you don't have it, please let me know and I'll resend it. Hope your night's filled with really awesome dreams and restful sleep. {{{{Hugs}}}} 💕

Mar 19, 2016 10:13 PM

I just saw the email. I had the wrong email folder open. But I just sent the friend request to you about a half hour ago.

Mar 19, 2016 10:29 PM

Profiler.. I accepted your friend request and you are now and Active member of the Fire Circle!!

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