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Telling a doc your meds don't work

mcjimjammmcjimjam Posts: 304
edited 05/05/2014 - 10:52 PM in Chronic Pain
I am inpatient at a psych facility right now. I met my doctor today. I told her I don't feel like my pain meds help at all but she seems not to believe me. I told her I missed an appointment a week or two ago and ran out. The pain was exactly the same so I figured they don't work anymore and stopped taking them. My GP agreed that there's no point taking it if it doesn't help. Now in the hospital they have me back on it. Why would I have stopped taking the med if it helps? I'm thinking tomorrow when I see the dr again I will flat out ask for a different pain med. Will that sound to much like drug seeking? It's not as if I can abuse or misuse it in here. It will be doled out dose by dose like all meds in a hospital. I don't want to be a demanding, difficult patient but I would be so easy for them to help me. I'm on a weak med, codeine 60mg. There are a bunch of others that would probably make some difference to my pain. Part of the problem is that the doc, who is a psychiatrist, wants to get a consult with a PM doc, which is great, but it looks like she's not gonna do much for me in the meantime. How do I voice my concerns respectfully without xxxx anyone off?

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  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • I hope you are feeling some better, if nothing else feeling better about being in the facility you are in, where you can be watched and hopefully in the end helped.

    As far as your pain meds. I think it would be better to wait until ur dr and the PM specialist have had a chance to talk about your current situation. I'm sure at some point they both will be in to talk to you, personally. I would think at that point would be the best time to open up to your drs & the fact that the codeine doesn't help, but I wouldn't suggest any particular medication to them, they will be the ones to make that call. If they ask you if anything you have ever taken has worked then tell them, I'm sure they will ask you that question.

    James, please continue to take care of yourself. Work with all your dr's in finding the best medical solution for you & your needs.
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  • I'm so pleased to hear from you! I wasn't sure if you'd be able to contact us while you were in. Are things feeling a bit more controlled now? I really hope this is part of the answer. This is all so bloody hard to deal with sometimes. Do you feel like you can be completely honest with them? They need to understand that your uncontrolled pain is a huge guiding part of your depression & you need to get a handle on it before you can truly move forward. I believe you can say anything to someone so long as you say it the right way. I'd try being completely honest. Even tell them about the discussions we've had here. Tell them how bloody hard it has been for you.

    Please let us know how things are going. Does it feel like its helping?

    You're in my heart. Huge hug ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Thank you all for the advice and concern for me. I will keep it all in mind when I talk to the doc today. It's not too had in here, really. The staff and other patients are all very nice. It has helped in taking away the option to harm myself or use illegal drugs to relieve the pain. If my mind turns to that I just think, "well, I can't do that here" and that's that.
  • I totally agree with Aaron. I have been told that I have situational depression, again, due to my pain and all the side effects that come with it. (stress, job loss, etc) I realize that my life wouldn't be perfect, but pain management is my main goal, and I know what would improve my depression. Do you feel like it is like that for you? If you do, maybe it would help to talk about how the pain meds aren't helping, and exploring other meds. Good luck, thinking of you!
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
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  • The user and all related content has been deleted.
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Tony. That's an English thing! I never thought of 'pain pills' as narcotics. If you asked my Dad if he'd ever taken narcotics he'd say no! He's been on prescription 'pain pills' for 30 years. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I just wanted to take a minute and wish the very best.
    Pain effects every part of your lives and takes so much energy
    to fight. You are strong to have taken this step, getting that kind of help
    is one of the tools to help us through it all.
    My prayers are with you.
    will be with you.
  • :wave: Just want you to know I am thinking about you. I hope things are looking up, somewhat for you today. Take care :-)
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