Then in 1995 I was diagnosed with TMJ jaw disorder. I had the TMJ jaw surgery in 1996. I don't make the popping noise as bad as I used to, but the pain is still there, in fact it's worse. Besides all this, I have asthma, severe depression, and I fell recently and fractured my right ankle in three places. I just went back into hospital for doctor to remove the metal rod that was used to help my bones heal. Then 1 month ago, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I am never free if pain. I stay in bed most of the time and it's very frustrating. Doctor tried me on Lyrica and Cymbalta but neither helped. Why can't the doctor just give me some medication to relieve at least some of my pain. I am 58 years old and I am not able to do much of anything. So what should I do?? Just stay in bed till I die or try to obtain pain meds illegally on the street? I am tired of hurting all the time. I hate to dump my problems on anyone, but I am curious what your reply will be. Thanks for your time.
You're in a difficult spot but you just need to keep trying. There are many more drugs and therapies available for pain besides the ones you mentioned and a good pain doctor or clinic will recognize that. A comprehensive program should address your depression, keep looking at other drugs, look at exercise programs, possibly employ mindfulness exercises to keep your mind off your pain and relax you, etc. Simply being inactive can actually accentuate your pain levels.
I hope you can find a good pain doctor or pain clinic that uses multiple therapies to address your chronic pain. In the URL below are some things to look for in a pain clinic. Notice that they have different specialists to address your total pain picture.