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Jun 02, 2016 10:01 PM

There is a new law in Queensland - Australia, where if you purchase painkillers with codeine, pharmacies have to record your drivers license details on a database that every pharmacy can access. This means that you can buy only 1 packet (30tabs) a week.
Now I understand that codeine is addictive & they're trying to cut down the drug dependency, but being denied pain relief is unbearable.
I've been on & off ibuprofen+codeine painkillers for years & it's the only thing that touches my pain. I refuse to take stronger meds that are just going to knock me out for a few hours, only to wake to more pain. The point of taking painkillers, is to get through the day, not to sleep it away.
When I last talked to my doctor about pain medication he brushed it off, giving me the impression that either he doesn't believe that I'm in pain or that I'll have to figure it out myself.
I've tried many pain relief remedies & none work, mainly because the pain doesn't stay in one spot for long.
I mean seriously, what am I supposed to do???

Jun 03, 2016 2:40 PM

It's horrible when you can get pain relief. I wish opiates worked for me but they don't πŸ˜• I just have to deal with it... That's what they tell me. I hope you get what you need and finally get some relief

Jun 03, 2016 6:43 PM

Praying you get some relief ...I am the same I am on hydrocodone 7.5 they work a little plus cymbalta,lyrica,etc. Their are all pain and inflammatory drugs and they are not working ...I cry myself some nights because my body is in severe pain ...they usually put a shot of toroidal and cortisone ...it works for a couple of hours and back I go into pain with no avail of rest...now there sending me to a pain management doc. I don't know what to expect from him when I have tried so many remedies without no change....praying for you not to go through what I am ....hopefully you will be better soon

Jun 03, 2016 7:39 PM

That is so frustrating especially when that combination seems to work for you. My pain specialist has said no to codeine or morphine related medication not because of the risk of addiction but the negative impact it has on nerves. I'm to stick with Endep, panadol, tramadol, melatonin, coenzyme Q10 and starting with PEA after nerve ablation. The local GP s have limited experience so I rely on the Pain specialist. I know of a lady who told her doctor that she said goodbye to her children because the pain was so bad she didn't want to live. The dr prescribed morphine patches which she been on for several years. I live in remote Kimberley Western Australia. There will be a way forward don't give up. Get referred to a pain clinic and find a new dr.

Jun 03, 2016 7:45 PM

I have been on morphine patches they didn't work on me....

Jun 06, 2016 12:52 PM

Lateralis, I live in USA, Georgia. We've had to show I'd for any controlled substance, which even includes pseudoephedrine. And we are only allowed to buy one box a month. It's because drug abusers use it to make Meth.

Jun 06, 2016 1:27 PM

Have you tried a tens unit? It really helps with my pain...if I can find someone to put it on my back

Jun 07, 2016 7:04 AM

I strongly suggest getting a new pain management doctor. Yours brushed off your pain giving you a bad impression. I know it's not easy finding and going to a new doctor and starting over but sometimes doing so is for the best. Also have you tried Gabapentin? It's not a narcotic/opiate but it works incredibly well and I have excruciating leg pain, well I used to. I still get leg pain episodes but they aren't as bad as the 24/7 pain I was in until I was put on Gabapentin in winter 2004. The pain was bad enough that even walking became difficult.(the pain is caused by benign tumors on my nerves. Sadly surgery is not an option for my leg tumors) I was using a wheelchair at school because I was walking quite a bit and it was really aggravating my tumors and physical education class when my teacher made me participate(even when I used a wheelchair one time she brought me 3 pound Dumbbells and made me to arm curls. I was forced to participate even though I was excused and had a doctors note.) all the exercise just made things worse. But the Gabapentin changed my life. I had to stop using my wheelchair because my middle school isn't manual wheelchair friendly(our insurance company is too cheap and didn't think I needed a power chair. Had I had a power chair I could've used my chair the entire year(when I needed it) I had no help with getting around either so my only option was to stop using my chair. Okay enough of me lets get back to you. Have you tried Tramadol(Ultram) or Methadone? They also work really well. If you haven't tried any of these three medications I gently suggest you look into them.

Jun 08, 2016 12:16 PM

Hi I'm new here. I'm not sure what to do. I have fibromyalgia and a pinched nerve between my C4-7 I've had 1 epidural didn't do a thing I go for second one the 13th. My primary doctor started me on lyrica in Oct 2014. He on put me on25 mg 2xaday. Did nothing. Come to find out when I finally seen a Rhemotoligist she told me t up the dose till I felt better my leggs swell ive gained like 30lbs. Anyway I stoped taking them when I was only 50mg a day before my epidural so I could see how it felt just the epidural. I started having withdraws I was really upset about it still am. I was on Percocet& somas and zanex. for 2 yrs never had withdraws and they helped. I had to quit working in 2013. I was a server I just couldn't do it anymore.
So I go though a clinic now and with all the crack downs on opioids they won't write a prescription for any of those.
Sorry having a bad day up for 2 days now.
Poiint being the one thing that worked I can't get. Was on website about lyrica and its crazy how many ppl are addicted to it they say its way harder to withdraw from it then any of the things that I was on. Which I never was addicted to because I only took them when I needed to.
I finally raised my kids my youngest graduated in 2015 now attending college. So now I should be able enjoy my empty nest
Instead I'm living with my 82yr old mother trying to get my disability for 2 yrs now.
Sorry I'm just lost trying to make sense of it all. Thank you if you can make sense out of this. Terri

Jun 08, 2016 4:24 PM

Lostinafog, I'm sorry to hear the changes you've gone through due to chronic pain. I'm 54, quit work in 2010 (temporarily I thought), and I've been fighting for disability since 2014. Chronic pain living is constantly struggling to deal with each day, as no two days are alike. Peace yourself, taking one day at a time, one hour at a time, one activity at a time. It takes time to learn what different methods work for you, because not everything works the same for everyone. It takes time to learn what triggers pain or sets off a flare up. But the community understands, and we are all here for each other. Hugs & prayers for strength as you find your ways of coping! πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Jun 08, 2016 5:29 PM

Thank you. Just want people to read side effects its important😘. I'll be fine know all about1day1 hr 1min. But I appreciate your kind response.
I've been battling this for along time, but it really hit me in 2013. I actually walked off my job. Never did that b4. 😯lol. I waited tables for35 yrs. I just couldn't do it anymore. That was really hard for me. I've always worked since I was13. I filled in2013 still waiting for a hearing. Thanks again. Positivity can do wonders so keep it up.
Prayers and joy to you and all stay strong.

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