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I'm at a place where many chronic pain people find themselves, I would imagine. My problem is that I am a long time addict. Alcohol, pot, narcotics... I've done it all, one substance for another, for 17 years. I never got in to heroin or cocaine, though, so I guess I am lucky for that.
When I hurt my back and had the surgery, then when the chronic pain came along, I found myself on narcotic pain relievers. With my propensity to abuse anything that can be abused, you can imagine what came next...

So, here I am addicted to pain meds.

My problem is that I have tried all the other methods of pain relief out there and they just don't provide the relief that the narcotics can. Physical therapy was iffy at best, helping for maybe an hour or so after each treatment and then the pain came back, sometimes two fold. Non-narcotic pain relievers have had little effect, if any, more often than not.

I've been diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and a dry disk, on top of minor scoliosis. I no longer have nerve pain, just a constant sharp, grabbing pain where the surgery was performed, day in and day out. I can go a day without pain meds, sometimes two days, but that is as long as I can hold out before the pain becomes too much to bear. It seems to compound with each successive hour that it remains untreated. I'm sure many of you can relate with that part.

Where this becomes so complex for me is that I abuse the meds, taking them even when they are still working for the pain but the high has worn off. As much as I try to stop the abuse, I can't. Seems easy, I know, but it isn't for an addict. I use them as much for depression as anything else. I get bored or sad... take a few pills.
Now it is to the point with my tolerance at an all time high that I am taking 40mg of percocet at a time, which is more than my daily allowment provided by my pain doctor. I run out early, and then have to turn to alternate sources. I simply cannot continue to do this. Yet, where do I go from here? I need the narcotic pain relivers because nothing else works for me, but I have no self control with them. I know it should be as easy as only taking as much as you're supposed to, but it simply isn't for an addict. Does treatment for addiction help with this, or is the brain wired this way forever? Are there better drugs out there to help with the pain for an addict, like methadone? I haven't tried that yet but it remains an option.
[QUOTE=72575;3028035]I'm at a place where many chronic pain people find themselves, I would imagine. My problem is that I am a long time addict. Alcohol, pot, narcotics... I've done it all, one substance for another, for 17 years. I never got in to heroin or cocaine, though, so I guess I am lucky for that.
When I hurt my back and had the surgery, then when the chronic pain came along, I found myself on narcotic pain relievers. With my propensity to abuse anything that can be abused, you can imagine what came next...

So, here I am addicted to pain meds.

My problem is that I have tried all the other methods of pain relief out there and they just don't provide the relief that the narcotics can. Physical therapy was iffy at best, helping for maybe an hour or so after each treatment and then the pain came back, sometimes two fold. Non-narcotic pain relievers have had little effect, if any, more often than not.

I've been diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and a dry disk, on top of minor scoliosis. I no longer have nerve pain, just a constant sharp, grabbing pain where the surgery was performed, day in and day out. I can go a day without pain meds, sometimes two days, but that is as long as I can hold out before the pain becomes too much to bear. It seems to compound with each successive hour that it remains untreated. I'm sure many of you can relate with that part.

Where this becomes so complex for me is that I abuse the meds, taking them even when they are still working for the pain but the high has worn off. As much as I try to stop the abuse, I can't. Seems easy, I know, but it isn't for an addict. I use them as much for depression as anything else. I get bored or sad... take a few pills.
Now it is to the point with my tolerance at an all time high that I am taking 40mg of percocet at a time, which is more than my daily allowment provided by my pain doctor. I run out early, and then have to turn to alternate sources. I simply cannot continue to do this. Yet, where do I go from here? I need the narcotic pain relivers because nothing else works for me, but I have no self control with them. I know it should be as easy as only taking as much as you're supposed to, but it simply isn't for an addict. Does treatment for addiction help with this, or is the brain wired this way forever? Are there better drugs out there to help with the pain for an addict, like methadone? I haven't tried that yet but it remains an option.[/QUOTE]


Methadone is an option. It works well for most people but you have to have the desire to stop taking the narcotics when you dont really need them. Dependance and Tolerance are very commonplace. You have to reach inside your heart and find out whats making you sad and what else you can do to not be bored and seek it out. Because trust me I knew someone who had the same issues and when they got cancer even the strongest drugs for pain would not help him because he misused pain meds and drank and smoked pot and such. They couldnt raise the doses because he was not terminal but in pain, they could not raise them because it interfered with his breathing. So he had to suffer for no reason except for his own inability to face a real issue at a younger age...Please seek some assistance ask for methadone and it will also help your pain without the usual high and you will get used to it. Also you need the mental help to go along with it, you know peer counsel, friends, and people you can confide in to find out what the real issues are.. I wish you the very best in your life and I do hope someone out there will take the time to help a person who is obviously reaching out fot help...Best to yu HUGs





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