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Jan 19, 2018 10:58 AM

With all the crap on tv and newspaper about opioid use my back dr. Just cut my pain meds! I have been doing this on my own but I could only reduce it by 20 pills he cut 30 off! Is anyone else having problems? And what else is everyone doing for pain! I have chronic pain! Neck, Back, upper and lower and arthritis in both thumb joints! I do have a 10 s unit but can not use in work! Any comment would be helpful!

Jan 19, 2018 11:17 AM

I have chronic pain in my spine, neck, and left scaphoid (wrist bone closest to the thumb). The only thing that has helped my pain in my left wrist is using a wrist brace. I'm yet to find anything that helps the pain in my spine and neck.

Jan 19, 2018 11:19 AM

I have wrist braces too! I use them for work and exercise!

Jan 19, 2018 1:51 PM

Yes. The docs have a lot of pressure to cut meds, VA cut my husband's by 75% a couple of years ago without even saying a word.
I use a laz-e-spa coleman hot tub. I get in and stretch out in the morning. Helps some, quite a bit to help me be ready to go to work.
Painscience.com has some helpful information.

Jan 19, 2018 8:26 PM

I seem to be fortunate so far but I also go to an excellent pain management doctor. I think part of why they have not screwed with me is I have a leukemia that I choose not to treat because the treatment is not worth it to me.

Feb 02, 2018 2:29 PM

Ya, frustrated about the opioid issue too. Bad people and doctors screwed it up for those who really needed it and didn't abuse it. I have a lot to say about this but not on this open site. Welcome discussions on a private line.

Feb 03, 2018 4:08 PM

You may want to talk to your doctor about a great external gel called DEXTRO/KETO 10/10%. Pain doctors are using it because they want to eliminate the opioids in the brain. This gel contains a Robitussin type opiod. It really helps with my sore and damaged back

Feb 03, 2018 8:33 PM

My husband bought me a product at Walgreens that’s been helping me a lot. It’s an electric heating pad shaped like a high necked cape. It wraps around your neck and shoulders. It is a miracle for me! I have broken bones and bulging disks in my neck. This heat pad is awesome! I think it’s made by Sunbeam.

Feb 03, 2018 9:26 PM

Heat is great. We use heating pads, TENS, excercise when able, over the counter stuff, chiropractor and if we can afford it meassage therapy. My doc is still refilling tramadol for me which helps the most in getting me to work and active during the day. Appearantly it's a opioid but all it does is get the pain in the back seat. It's still there but does not drive the car.

Feb 07, 2018 9:45 PM

Mine got cut by 50% and to top it of, CVS (for the life of me I can’t figure out why they are the ones telling me what to do when they are not my pharmacy) is insisting I get prior authorisation for my Schedule 2 drugs. Two weeks on, I’m still waiting on the prescription, and my meds are runnning out tomorrow morning.... I have no idea what my life will be like tomorrow night... I’ve been on these pain meds for over 6 years now. They make my life tolerable, and I’m sure my DO never planned for me to stop taking them especially doing it “cold turkey”! To be honest, I’m scared what the next few days will look and feel like for me. Sorry for the long post.

Feb 07, 2018 10:17 PM

Hang tough AT! Hope it comes together for you. Your a pain worrior in the pain army!

Feb 08, 2018 12:26 PM

Mine got cut full & it's devistating. I'm bone on bone with my left hip and have Patella Femoral on left knee, also suffering from Fibro and chronic pain making it difficult to do anything daily. I've never abused any pills and have never had any addiction issues. I did miss some appointments due to these issues and I was dropped from the practice after 3 years. Never received a phone call from doctor or office asking why nor did they show any caring at all. Now I have to re establish myself at another Pain Management office and have anxiety just approaching the subject of opioids which I legitimately need to live and work. It saddens me that for myself and millions of others who have legit pain and MRI's to prove our pain we now have a huge uphill battle to get meds when we need them to survive daily.

Feb 08, 2018 12:29 PM

My heating pad is my best friend lol as well as my bed when I need it. Family and friends think I look great yet are naive that Pain affects the best of us regardless of how physically "great" we look. Sad but true.
Wishing all of you Pain relief and support 🤟🏻😊

Feb 09, 2018 11:56 PM

For pain I avoid foods that trigger inflammation, like sugars, processed foods and meats like bacon and sausage. So lots of salads, veggies, proteins. As far as pain meds go, I gave kratom a shot and it got me off the pills. It works very well for my chronic pain. I would look into it more of course. There are relaxing veins and stimulating veins. It's a plant based herbal powder that has been a game changer without so many of the bad side effects of pain meds. I take a red Bali vein, and Bali is a good middle point to start with. 2g is about what I take and the red vein helps with my anxiety and depression too. Otherwise, also if you can, try to get movement and circulation daily. Nordic Naturals fish oil, turmeric, and ginger really helps with circulation and pain too, mildly. Exercise or physical therapy is always worth checking into as well.

Feb 14, 2018 4:12 PM

I take Fentynl and oxycodone 15 mg. I was getting 120 pills a month but my doctor dropped me down to 100. I have been getting by with 90 though. I made a regimen of some supplements to help with pain and also some medicine. As far a supplements, I am taking fish oil, turmeric, and magnesium for inflammation. They use turmeric in India already for inflammation. I use glucosamine and chondroitin for the arthritis I have and to help me move better. I finally was able to get assistance from Pfizer for Lyrica for free. It has helped tremendously. I also take cymbalta for fibromyalgia.

Between all those, my pain levels have lowered significantly and I see it lowering in the future. Best wishes to you all.

Feb 15, 2018 11:37 PM

Profiler as we all know the CDC is against us do not tell your doctor you are getting by on 90 tell him you are struggling with 100 and just keep hoarding them. It is really sad that we have to think like that but it is true. I am starting to feel like one of those wak job conspiracy theorists.

Feb 17, 2018 9:19 PM

My insurance just limited my Oxycodone 10 mg tabs from 120 to 84. If doctor convinces them they will allow 120. That they will pay for. I still have option to pay for them myself but they are a bit pricey. We will see how it goes when I need refill. I am sure the government has their input.

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