I am lucky with my pain clinic. Every year I take a drug holiday for a few weeks. That helps me not only to know how I am doing without the meds but also prolongs my building up a tolerance. When a prescription stops working or isn't working like it used to be will change it out to something else. After a few switches over the next several years if I want to go back and try that med again I can. Often it will once more work just as well. I don't know why so many doctors don't understand that people can and do build up a tolerance. They accept its possible with other meds. Antibiotics is one. So why not long term pain meds?
Im hoping Cardiologist can relay the message. Never had a heart issue in my life. 6 mos since severe sciatica flare. B./P high there after. Oh I almost forgot. Never had sciatica untill I had Spinal injections
v214, usually the injections depending on what kind you had were meant to go into the nerves. I know how painful it is because I had 5 facet joint injections a week ago and didn't help me this time. It was a pretty big disappointment and I have to endure a major cervical surgery that I'm told will take approximately 6-8 hours as long as all goes smoothly. Oh happy day, I can't wait!! 🙄
v214 yes, to be honest, I'm scared shitless and it will be the 6th big cervical surgery I've had. I've endured 30 surgeries in the last 24 years. They keep trying to make things better but my degenerative conditions just keep on getting worse. Things could be worse, I can still get up and walk so I can't complain too much.
Any injections were a joke for me and the last round I was forced to get was botched they created an irreversible problem that has been an ever growing issue the last 4 years. I've done nerve blocks, facet blocks and, some other injections as well as botox injections with no relief. They are just a money making scheme and the efficiency rate is only around 50% for pain reduction. I also researched some of the drugs put into the injections and found that some are not even FDA approved to be used as an injection, they use a loophole to get around it.
What medication are you on if you don't mind me asking? And how many different medications have you tried?
Doctors are a joke...they have no clue how to treat this. THEY are all guessing. Even though cannabis is illegal where I live it is the only medication that gives me any measurable relief. MY advice is to scrap the opiods and give cannabis a try. Read up on it first and if there is a dispensery near you should go there and take advantage of their knowledge! Good luck and soft hugs friend!
JulieK, i would love to be able to get medical marijuana. It's legal here in NY and there are 2 dispensaries not too far from me. Because I go to pain management and they had me sign contracts with them not to take meds from anyone else and I can only use 1 pharmacy. They are not certified for the medical marijuana program so if I go for my monthly appointment and come up with a dirty piss test, I'll get kicked out and I won't get them meds I'm already on that just make it possible to function. It sucks but I won't risk it. I have too much pain and not enough money to buy marijuana and withdraw from my meds. It's bad enough that I forgot to take my meds one day and totally crashed. And with taking care of my elderly parents (I am one of five kids) since I just "sit home and do nothing" I'm expected to take my folks wherever they need to go whenever they need to be there. I love my parents and am lucky at my age that they are still with me. However, I have to skip meds to drive them places.'some appointment as you know take hours and then I'm withdrawing again!! I haven't been able to get myself straight since I fucked myself up a few weeks ago. It is what it is I guess. If I could use it I would. I know that years ago in my 20's it drastically reduced the amount of pain I was in. I'd sure love to have that benefit now!!!
Samantha - Am so sorry injections didn't help you, and even caused you more problems. I do get injections and thankfully they do help me. My doctor always uses .. Well shoot, forgot the name of it - but it shows him a picture of the area the injection should go so he isn't just guessing when he does them. It's like everything else most of us run into. What works for one person may not work for another.
Julie - not all doctors are a joke hun. Over the years I spent as a nurse and then as a Chronic Pain patient I have found some doctors who are just jokes. I fired one once. Lol. The guy then proceeded to chase me down a hallway yelling that I can't fire him. Umm - yes I can. Doctors are supposed to work for us. We have every right to fire them if they aren't doing their job.
Sorry, got side tracked. I have also worked with and seen some doctors that are truly amazing. I was blessed to have such a team in Fargo and again here in Arkansas. It's not easy finding good doctors , I had to try several before finding the ones that fit best with me and my medical issues.
As for meds. If I didn't have my pain meds I wouldn't get out of bed.. However what works for me most likely won't work