I have been in pain all over by body for the past 10 years. I've been to my PCP who referred me to a pain mgt spec. Neither doctor know whats wrong with me but the pain spec just gave me norco 10/325 and flexeril 10 mg. I take the norco 1- 3x a day any only take flexeril once or twice a week at night First I'm worried about the long terms effects of taking pain pills and secondly, what if my pain is serious anh their overlooking the underlying problem. Neither doctor has tested for anything except Lymes disease and Lypus.I don't just want pain meds, I want to know whats wrong with me, but they don't seem to be interested.
In 2000, I was in a bad car accident and was told that I had Fybromyalgia after 2 years and many different doctors, then I was brushed off like it was all in my head. When I stated to see a new doctor I did not tell him that I ahd Fybromyalgia because he would treat me differently, as I asked him what he thought of Fybromyalgia and he stated those people just want drugs. PCP was convinced that because I'm 41 I'm going to have pain but if it was a problem see the pain mgmt spec, which I did. But no results except pain meds.
I also have trouble sleeping, so I went for a sleep study, it was concluded that I have chronic insommnia and I was put on 10mg Ambien that I've been taking everynight for the past 3 years. If I don't take it, I want sleep at all. I tried to stop taking it for a week but I only recvd 4 hours of short naps throughout the whole week whick lead to more pain.
The bottom line is that I'm worried about taking the pain meds and sleeping pills for long periods of time. I would like other alternatives and to have a clear dianosis of my illness.
Before all of this I was a healthy outgoing person. I'm not overweight, I'm happily married with 2 adult boys and 1 12 year at home. Ihave a great job that I love. The only illnesses in my family as high blood pressure, which I don't have. I'm having problems focusing and , concentrating,and some short term memory loss. I also had a partial hysterectomy in 2002.
Please advise on what I should do to find out what wrong with me and what arethe long term effects of pain and sleeping pills.
Help with the unknown
Published On: March 09, 2008