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Dealing With Pain


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Since weaning myself off my pain meds, so I can more safely drive my vehicle, which I had chosen not to drive since being on the pain meds, is getting harder and harder to deal with.

My pain meds have or rather, usually reduced my pain threshold to about 50% for the most part and in some areas it appeared to have reduced it to nearly 0%, since now I am experiencing pain in those areas, like I can't remember, having not had to deal with it in those areas for such a long time.

Life or rather my quality of life, even though I can drive my vehicle without the fear of causing an accident, due to the effects of a narcotic, has actually been reduced, since their are times when the pain is so bad, I am reduced laying in bed with out the strength to anything else. Even lying in bed becomes intolerble at times, I had forgotten how much of my anxiety was connected to my pain level and how often my panic attacks seemed to co-inside with my pain level.

I just don't know how much longer I will be able to contend with the pain, just because of my fear of being in an accident brought on by the affects of the pain meds. Now I fear I may be in an accident, becuase my attention was hampered while dealing with the pain and not on my driving.

I got to go now, because the pain in my hands, while typing is interfereing with my spelling the words I right, I have to keep making corrections as I go along, because my fingers don't seem to want to do or rather type the characters my fingers should reach to, twitching in pain as a move about the different key strokes.

Besides, it's time I should be thinking about something to eat for luch, which brings on a whole new set of pain issues from sitting to standing.

Rockhound Rider :P B) B)

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I take hydrocodone before I go to bed and when I get up. By the time I would drive in car it has been 8 hours or more. I also take aprazolam in morning and before I go to bed and if needed if panic flares up.

Ask your Doc about driving ext if you are well managed for pain.

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i used to not think much about pain except when i hit my finger with a hammer . i did not know what constant pain was. NOW I KNOW!

i am in constant pain legs, feet and feel sick all over i do not know what is wrong with me ,i have hep.c,but they say most people do not even know they have it and i dont know if that is the cause.

i tried to jog and was going to get a routine but , but that set off a week of severe pain.i thought maybe if i could jog a little it would make the pain in my legs go away. i feel sick all the time and have no energy sometimes i want to end it all.

the next time i go to see doc at va i am going to have to lay it on the linne how serious my pain is and how sick i feel.

i cannot eat food,it makes me sick to look at it ,i live off ensure and it is expensive.

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I have severe debilitating arthritis and that means PAIN. I am unemployed due to pain among other issues. I restrict my driving to short haul runs such as checking the cows in a nearby pasture. I am fortunate in having a wife capable and willing to be the chauffeur. I realize many here have no such option. Like others, I have been reduced to laying/sitting with fists and teeth clenched in pain minus meds. Heck, I can get nearly that bad ON meds. I resisted getting onto the narcotics as long as I could but ran out of options.

Do the non-narcotic meds do you any good? You might look for compromise in your meds. You know, what you take or when and how often you have to take it.

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Hey Rock, how you doing bud sorry to hear about the things your going through I hope you get to feeling better about all this mess ..Yog

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Skunk,

Try purchasing your ensure at the local hospital or nursing home instead of rite aid, or where-ever. It was way way cheaper for us when we were buying it for my father-in-law. Also, you may ask for a CBC blood test. Make sure when you next see your doc you dont eat or drink past midnight so they can get a fasting test and check your white count. A high white blood cell count can cause exactly what you are talking about, it can also be accompanied with a low red count, or maybe other variables. I feel for ya man. You too Rock. I have delt with this issue for 7 years, and have been on the brink with it a few times. If that happens, call and talk to someone... it helps.

I also chose to discontinue driving.. well it's a dead issue now, but when I still could with hand controls, I wouldnt due to the pain meds. I just didnt want to kill someones kid, ya know. I appreciate your decision with this Rock, since my daughter is on the roads too. However, there comes a point sometimes when you just have to give stuff up. Sometimes it seems like thats all I have done.... anyway God Bless man.

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Since weaning myself off my pain meds, so I can more safely drive my vehicle, which I had chosen not to drive since being on the pain meds, is getting harder and harder to deal with.

My pain meds have or rather, usually reduced my pain threshold to about 50% for the most part and in some areas it appeared to have reduced it to nearly 0%, since now I am experiencing pain in those areas, like I can't remember, having not had to deal with it in those areas for such a long time.

Life or rather my quality of life, even though I can drive my vehicle without the fear of causing an accident, due to the effects of a narcotic, has actually been reduced, since their are times when the pain is so bad, I am reduced laying in bed with out the strength to anything else. Even lying in bed becomes intolerble at times, I had forgotten how much of my anxiety was connected to my pain level and how often my panic attacks seemed to co-inside with my pain level.

I just don't know how much longer I will be able to contend with the pain, just because of my fear of being in an accident brought on by the affects of the pain meds. Now I fear I may be in an accident, becuase my attention was hampered while dealing with the pain and not on my driving.

I got to go now, because the pain in my hands, while typing is interfereing with my spelling the words I right, I have to keep making corrections as I go along, because my fingers don't seem to want to do or rather type the characters my fingers should reach to, twitching in pain as a move about the different key strokes.

Besides, it's time I should be thinking about something to eat for luch, which brings on a whole new set of pain issues from sitting to standing.

Rockhound Rider :P :huh: B)

I am really sorry your in this situation, I think for your health you are better off taking the pain meds. Severe pain can have a profound impact on your health. Maybe you can have a friend/family member drive you, or neighbor. Talk to your doctor about this maybe he can offer alternative options.

Good luck,

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I gave up driving in 2001 it was like having my legs taken out from under me, but driving would have killed me, and trying to exist without the percocets for my pain, I would rather be dead people do not understand what chronic pain does to those of us with it

damned if you do and damned if you don't

well I gave up and went with the pain meds I have a better quality of life with them I mentioned something to my shrink a few years ago about trying to get my license back and he said NO rofl that was the end of that I have people I can call if I realy need something when my wife isn't around but that doesn't happen very often...

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Skunk,

Try purchasing your ensure at the local hospital or nursing home instead of rite aid, or where-ever. It was way way cheaper for us when we were buying it for my father-in-law. Also, you may ask for a CBC blood test. Make sure when you next see your doc you dont eat or drink past midnight so they can get a fasting test and check your white count. A high white blood cell count can cause exactly what you are talking about, it can also be accompanied with a low red count, or maybe other variables. I feel for ya man. You too Rock. I have delt with this issue for 7 years, and have been on the brink with it a few times. If that happens, call and talk to someone... it helps.

I also chose to discontinue driving.. well it's a dead issue now, but when I still could with hand controls, I wouldnt due to the pain meds. I just didnt want to kill someones kid, ya know. I appreciate your decision with this Rock, since my daughter is on the roads too. However, there comes a point sometimes when you just have to give stuff up. Sometimes it seems like thats all I have done.... anyway God Bless man.

Bob Smith

thanx sixth i know a lot of vets pain would make mine seem trivial,and they pull through i will take your advise and tell my doc . i will also see about the ensure,it really would be a big help to get it cheaper. my daughter is an licensed practical nurse she may be able to help me get it cheaper.

really appreciate the thought and advise.

skunk

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Ensure is made by Abbott, and they have a Patient Assistance Program. Please see the following link for more information:

Abbot Patient Assistance Foundation (Medical Nutrition)

Hope this helps,

Louis

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I take oxycodone and vicodin. I drive but I am always aware that I am somewhat impaired. I am extra careful about everything. I do notice that the pain meds have increased my anxiety about being away from home because I am afraid the pain will get worse and I will have to really dope myself to function. This is no fun. I want to go on a vacation but I am afraid of my pain getting out of control due to extra stress. When the pain really starts to pound you it is very difficult to consider weaning yourself off meds. If I could take a pill that would just relieve the pain and leave my brain intact that would be great, but I have not found that drug. I have been on and off pain meds for 10 years. The pain does greatly limit what I can do compared to what I used to do.

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well my doc did prescribe hydrocodone and it worked fine at first. however the pain has worsened since and the dose i take is the lowest i think 5/500. however i do have hep.c and i am wondering if it is wise to be taking all that acetaminophen,500 mg three times a day with a liver disease.

every time i go in they do a blood test and say my liver is ok,but for how long with the 1500 mg doses a day of acetaminophen?

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500mg is not really a serious dose I was taking 1500mg 3 times a day for years before they gave me the percocets and hydrocodone is a lower level of pain killer than oxycodone although both use the same acetaminophen to cut them with.....if I was you I would keep taking the pain pills especially if the hydrocodone works...

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500mg is not really a serious dose I was taking 1500mg 3 times a day for years before they gave me the percocets and hydrocodone is a lower level of pain killer than oxycodone although both use the same acetaminophen to cut them with.....if I was you I would keep taking the pain pills especially if the hydrocodone works...

ok that makes me feel better and the hydrocodone does work fairly well,i just called and have appointment in december and will talk to doc then.

i am new at taking pain meds. i hardly ever took an asperin until about a year ago.

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I didn't get proper treatment, or pain relief, until I started to go to a private pain center.

I worry about driving too; after being in a MVA around three years ago, I was hit by an elderly man who hit the gas instead of the brake, so He side swiped My truck...this really made Me start to think about liability, DUI'd etc, and I drive even less than I did before.

In a few more years we'll be moving back to The PI, and I'll give up driving all together, if not sooner.

BoonDoc

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I worry about my liver too though for me it's 1,000mg of Naproxyn Sodium a day along with Tramadol, methadone and baclofen. :huh:

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I also feel your pain rockhound.

I have been on Hydroc since 2000 but almost daily for a while now. I take natural herbs bromelaine and tumeric daily to help lower liver enzyme counts as my counts were triple the high end- very bad! I also take other nautral herbs(legal yall) but thats another story.

I am 37, out of work, need a knee brace and 2 walking sticks to walk around for exercise, can't walk 10 minutes without them for pain. This makes me really depressed, angry, sad, worthless all the negative emotions.

There are up days and down days- lately more down but try try to move your mind to something else when ur down. Doing lite yoga, computer thinking games, reading positive books, building model planes, woodworking, painting, drawing- I am sure many people can give advice on what to do when ur in pain and can't do much. TV is ok but the reruns during the day can make you ralph after a few weeks.

I did take a road trip with my wife and daughter this year to see our beautiful country - Denver, Arches Natinl Park, Yellowstone, MT Rushmore- and man did I need that. We really were hmmmm frugal to the max in order to make this trip as only my wife was working- I have no income other than $123 a month- 10% SC. I drive carefully on hydro and with redbull/coffee/donuts to at least make me think faster, drive more cautiously and a little slower than speedy gonzales more like his cousin slowpoke rodriguez! :huh: ! But this trip was well needed. We shared the driving and when I was down my family was supportive even when we couldn't see some stuff cause I was hurtin. We stayed inside the natnl parks for $10 per nite and free entrance forever! cause I am a disabled vet in Voc rehab- cheap but yes my back killed me- the other nites in hotels were free from hotel points and a few slept in our 4Runner.

I say this cause if or when you are able to get out either you drive or someone at least 1,2, 3x a week go out walk around a park, breathe some fresh air, even if all you do is sit on a bench and read or just look at the canada geese. It does help me- just to see something other than the TV and cnn.

I hope this helps- and reach out to the people here as you have, there are lots of peolpe here who seem to wholeheartedly want to help and listen and we all humanly need that - just someone to listen and hear us. I hear you and all the others who replied do too, take comfort in that. Take care and be well.

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I also feel your pain rockhound.

I did take a road trip with my wife and daughter this year to see our beautiful country - Denver, Arches Natinl Park, Yellowstone, MT Rushmore- and man did I need that.

I love a good road trip...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwARpaKHx_w

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I also feel your pain rockhound.

I have been on Hydroc since 2000 but almost daily for a while now. I take natural herbs bromelaine and tumeric daily to help lower liver enzyme counts as my counts were triple the high end- very bad! I also take other nautral herbs(legal yall) but thats another story.

I am 37, out of work, need a knee brace and 2 walking sticks to walk around for exercise, can't walk 10 minutes without them for pain. This makes me really depressed, angry, sad, worthless all the negative emotions.

There are up days and down days- lately more down but try try to move your mind to something else when ur down. Doing lite yoga, computer thinking games, reading positive books, building model planes, woodworking, painting, drawing- I am sure many people can give advice on what to do when ur in pain and can't do much. TV is ok but the reruns during the day can make you ralph after a few weeks.

I did take a road trip with my wife and daughter this year to see our beautiful country - Denver, Arches Natinl Park, Yellowstone, MT Rushmore- and man did I need that. We really were hmmmm frugal to the max in order to make this trip as only my wife was working- I have no income other than $123 a month- 10% SC. I drive carefully on hydro and with redbull/coffee/donuts to at least make me think faster, drive more cautiously and a little slower than speedy gonzales more like his cousin slowpoke rodriguez! :huh: ! But this trip was well needed. We shared the driving and when I was down my family was supportive even when we couldn't see some stuff cause I was hurtin. We stayed inside the natnl parks for $10 per nite and free entrance forever! cause I am a disabled vet in Voc rehab- cheap but yes my back killed me- the other nites in hotels were free from hotel points and a few slept in our 4Runner.

I say this cause if or when you are able to get out either you drive or someone at least 1,2, 3x a week go out walk around a park, breathe some fresh air, even if all you do is sit on a bench and read or just look at the canada geese. It does help me- just to see something other than the TV and cnn.

I hope this helps- and reach out to the people here as you have, there are lots of peolpe here who seem to wholeheartedly want to help and listen and we all humanly need that - just someone to listen and hear us. I hear you and all the others who replied do too, take comfort in that. Take care and be well.

G-d Bless You and Your Family!

Thank you, for you have made my day.

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i used to not think much about pain except when i hit my finger with a hammer . i did not know what constant pain was. NOW I KNOW!

i am in constant pain legs, feet and feel sick all over i do not know what is wrong with me ,i have hep.c,but they say most people do not even know they have it and i dont know if that is the cause.

i tried to jog and was going to get a routine but , but that set off a week of severe pain.i thought maybe if i could jog a little it would make the pain in my legs go away. i feel sick all the time and have no energy sometimes i want to end it all.

the next time i go to see doc at va i am going to have to lay it on the linne how serious my pain is and how sick i feel.

i cannot eat food,it makes me sick to look at it ,i live off ensure and it is expensive.

Walmart has a brand that taste better and does the same thing as ensure.

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