I have a lot of pain in my legs, surprise, surprise. I was thinking of asking my Neuro about going to pain management. I take Neurontin and that works great for my neuropathy and "bug bites". But it does nothing for my muscle pain. I was given hydrocodone for some dental work I had done and it worked great for the leg pains, until they were gone. The script was for 1 every 6 hours but 1 or 2 a day worked great. I am hesitant to ask for them because I don't want to seem like "drug seeking… read more
Stop worrying about "Drug Seeking Behavior".........that is a phrase the medical community made up and they stick the label on anyone they want to. I remember before I was diagnosed I kept going to the doctor (Kaiser) because I wanted them to DO SOMETHING for my aches and pain. You wouldn't believe how rudely they treated me, one nurse actually yelled at me in the exam room. Finally a doc put 2 and 2 together and sent me for the appropriate tests. I Finally found a doctor that would listen to me about my pain......I take one half hydrocodone every 5 hours or so (2 and a half pills a day), and it takes the edge off....I also have Adderall for those big fatigue days...........I am very grateful for her:) Don't let them put you in a category you don't deserve to be put in.......you deserve relief!!
Don't worry about what others think..you know your body and how it reacts to different meds. If you don't inform the Dr then they assume and give you whatever they think will work. You have a legitimate disease and like any disease..ie cancer, etc you need meds for various reasons. Being open and honest with your pain management Dr is so very important. They are there to help you and if something works better than another then for God's sake let them know. After all it is you that the meds are for not them..they don't know your body as well as you do. Good luck with it and toss the old sterotype of being a drug seeker.
@canadiandude unfortunately my brother passed last December. It was all the stress of dealing with his care for a year that brought on all my MS symptoms. But I would do it again for the quality time we had together.
@A MyMSTeam Member I have chronic pain in my legs, feet and ankles, began in 2002. I finally got my neurologist to BELIEVE me, that I had such horrible pain so I was referred to a pain management center. Im on narcotics as nothing else even touches my pain. Can you share with me what your pain feels like, etc. Im getting yhe runaround recently, being told I don't have ms and I shouldn't have that much pain after being diagnosed 10 yrs :(