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How to tell doctor self medicating

Sep 26, 2015 7:47 AM

Hey there... I've been in some sort of daily pain for about 3years, either my back or sciatica it changes. About the last 2 monts my left leg is agonizing. My question is.. I did not have insurance of any kind when my pain started so a family member helped me giving me a couple Norcos when I needed (every day ) now it's 3 years later & have government insurance my pain is worse still getting pills from my family member but I really would like to see a doctor & I want to be honest but I'm afraid I will be seen as a "drug seeker". Any suggestions? Also I would like to try cortisone shot... not just ask for more pills.. thanks for any help also if you respond and I don't reply quickly I apologize... also have a 3 year old grand-daughter that lives with me, I'm the mamma..

Sep 26, 2015 8:04 AM

Hello there alwaysinpain, I'm sorry that you are going through this. My suggestion would be that when you go to the doctor, be honest. Let him/her know that you have been taking Norco from a family member in small doses because you had no medical insurance and had no way to pay for doctor visits and medications. Also let him/her know when your symptoms started, what part of the body and then the progression of your symptoms. Tell the doctor you would like to try things like cortisone shots, biofeedback, possible physical therapy and some meds to help you with the pain. I have been dealing with pain for 22 years and understand what you're going through. I hope that you utilize this app and also keep in touch with us. There are many wonderful people here and we're all here to help. Know that you are never alone and never judged on what you say, ask or need. We support one another and this is a safe place to vent, get advise or just chat with someone who understands. Keep us posted as to your progress and I will keep you in my prayers. Good luck. πŸŒ»πŸ™πŸ»

Sep 26, 2015 8:09 AM

Thanks for any and all advice I'm thinking honesty is the best approach also I love this app. It's awesome to be able to have others who "understand"... family is great but unless they have chronic pain they have no idea...

Sep 26, 2015 8:21 AM

That is very true. They can be sympathetic but if they don't have pain every day that interferes with you functioning then they really can't understand. Like I said, there is always someone here for you. If you need me, I am but a keystroke away. I believe that being honest from the start and building trust with your doctor will get you a lot further in treatment. Also be sure that if you don't like the doctor or the doctor is dismissive, find another one. There are certainly enough of them out there. Try not to put the situation of "drug seeking" in your mind because it's going to come up eventually with one doctor or another. Be sure you have a good TEAM of doctors (Rheumatologist, Neurologist, pain management, physio, etc.) It will all work out. Remember that you are your best advocate so be well versed in your illness and know what makes it worse, better or the same and any other issues that effect your pain. I'll keep you in my prayersπŸŒ»πŸ™πŸ»

Sep 26, 2015 8:31 AM

When I was diagnosed I had been in pain for some time and kind of "gave up" on doctor's (until I got bad enough) and I was honest about having tried and used tramadol that wasn't mine. My doctor was understanding and gave me my own Rx for tramadol. Being honest and open to other treatments shows most doctors the truth of your situation. If you have a diagnosis of sciatica, most doctors know (I believe) how painful that is.
Most likely they will be wwilling to give you a cortisone shot without much question and ma try to put you on Neurotin (gabapentin) or Lyrica. If you can tolerate one of them, they are good drugs for neurologic pain.
Remember you have options and rights when it comes to your doctor's and medical treatment, don't be afraid to be assertive and outspoken about your needs. If you feel you can't be honest with a doctor, then you can always find a different one ... You have to be able to trust them.
Good Luck. You got this.

Sep 26, 2015 8:41 AM

Well no diagnosis but from my own symptoms & watching my own close family go through the same I already know... thanks again to all...baby time lol I will check back when I have a free moment... you guys are great πŸ‘

Sep 26, 2015 8:46 AM

Well... You gotta get in to a doctor! Lol! Be completely honest about what you're experiencing, your symptoms and how it's affecting your life. And if at first you don't succeed, keep trying. Unfortunaly it can take a while. Like I said I "gave up" for nearly a year after 4 years of doctor's visits at that office. When I went back I had a New doctor and clearly had a problem. Don't be afraid... You've persevered this long with the pain.

Sep 26, 2015 9:43 PM

Alwaysinpain, it's hard to deal with pain without relief. Finding a doctor and being honest is a good start. A good doctor will be understanding. Everyone else's advice is on target. I'll say a prayer for you. And I hope you get better relief soon. πŸ™πŸŒΌ. PS... If you've not had a cortisone shot before, move the joint often (bend & straighten) the first 24-48 hours, and ice it, out you'll get stuff and hurt more.

Sep 26, 2015 10:14 PM

Always in pain I feel it is important to be honest with your Dr. Like everyone has said if this Dr brushes you off find another, it is a long road before you find the right one. Will be praying for you.

Sep 27, 2015 12:26 AM

I don't say really anything, except for my prescriptions, or if I'm at a specialist/pain management. Then again, my docs have proved they are untrustworthy.

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