Anybody who knows me will tell you, I'm a fighter, and a stubborn one at that! However, although I've experienced paiin for over ten years, this is different than any pain I've ever had before. This is an all consuming, sickening, monster that won't relinquish its' control of my entire being. I've tried meds, going on activities as usual, bedrest, moderation, pacing, relaxation, exercise, EVERYTHING! And, unlike my fibro pain, it's always located, centrally in the same place... directly over t5. I ran out of Norco last week. I could have had it filled, but I misread the label. I thought it said April 12, when it actually said April 2. I didn't need to suffer over the last week! Right now, I'm sitting here with just short of my old dose of duragesic, (2 12 mcg patches... I had an extra from missing a dose... I tend to do that from time to time. I was on 25 mcg until I got sick of feeling drugged out and asked them to lower it.) It wasn't necessary, then. And, I still don't believe opiates are the answer. I'm really suffering! If the wait at Urgent Care didn't take so much effort, or the ER didn't require such a lengthy wait in the waiting room, I'd go.
Thanks for letting me rant.