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That seems so odd to read, because I feel like a weenie. I know it is best I get off the pain pills. They weren't working very well at that dosage anyway, so my only recourse would have been to increase my dose. But! I am in pain, so I wonder after all is said and done, what will I do? The Cymbalta works quite well on the body pain, which is an all over deep ache and burning feeling. But it doesn't help at all for the injury pain, which is why I was prescribed the Oxy in the first place. I have noticed that now that I am used to the 7.5/375 Oxys, that I at least get a bit of relief for about an hour after taking it. And I sure know when that time comes, I am watching and waiting. It makes me anxious to know that at some point, I wont have that crutch. Arianna2
[QUOTE=Arianna2;4949198] I am in pain, so I wonder after all is said and done, what will I do? The Cymbalta works quite well on the body pain, which is an all over deep ache and burning feeling. But it doesn't help at all for the injury pain, which is why I was prescribed the Oxy in the first place. [/QUOTE]

Arianna2,

I wish that I could say there's going to be a smooth transition but everything that is going on with you will come full circle........

You can weather this storm though and it's going to take dedication and perseverance on your behalf.

Know that i'll be around;please take advantage of what is being offered here.......we have spoken before and I believe that we are in sync with most things.

Respectfully
Phoenix
Arianna2, glad to see your hanging in there and doing the taper. I have a question of a different nature. You say that you do have legitimate pain, have you and your doc discussed a plan to handle that pain after you've weened off the Vic completely? You will need to have some way to cope with it, otherwise you'll be back on the pain meds quickly. I know you've got a million things on your mind right now, but this is a biggey when it comes to you staying clean.

Kat
Kat, that has been my fear from the get go. I am in pain from my injury and am going to my first neurologist appt. on the 12th. I am hoping that he wont want to do any surgery, because that is exactly what will happen, I will be back on them.

I am staying at the level I am on for the time being. It does take the edge off, and until I find out what is going on, I am not going to put myself through more hell.

My Pdoc who also is a pain management doc, is the one who said I needed to get off the Oxy. I was getting no treatment for a year, just another script every month for the Oxy.

But you are right, the thoughts of having to go back up on pain meds has been on my mind. I am praying and hoping that maybe it will be a therapy situation to make my neck and arm better. But after 13 months, I cant imagine it will be that simple. I will have to wait and see :(
Kat, I guess that is the big issue. What on earth will I do when I am completely off the Oxy.

I am repeating myself here, but since you asked I will say it again.

I got hurt at work, as a school bus driver. I injured my left arm and neck, but because of lousy insurance I couldnt go to the doctor I wanted to, I had to go to the one my PCP sent me to. He right away said it was frozen shoulder and sent me to therapy and put me on Vicoden. 8 visits of therapy didnt do a thing, but my shoulder didnt hurt to begin with. Then he changed it to Norco then Oxy. He sent me to therapy a couple months later, still for frozen shoulder and of course it did nothing.

Now I have new insurance and I am in the process of changing all my doctors. I see a spinal neurologist on April 12th. My Pdoc is the one who said I needed to be off the Oxy. He is in pain management and put me on Cymbalta. It worked wonders from day one... But after 2 weeks it stopped working on the pain. I really am not sure if going down on the Oxy made the Cymbalta stop working as good. I have an appt with my Pdoc to discuss this whole mess in 2 weeks. Sigh





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