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I am sure there are other chronic patients going thru the same thing i am but it is extremely life altering. As if we do not have enough to deal with when having intractable chronic pain finally finding the pain solution concoction which allows you to function as a shadow of who you used to be. Here comes this so called war on opiates which is caused by those getting meds in the black market or heroin. Yet, i am now affected as many of us are. I was on 75mg of mscontin 4x a day with, dilaudid 4mg 2x day for breakthrough pain and went down to 75mg morning 60mg day and 75mg night. I have now been weaning down in the last month to 30mg morning, 15mg day and 30mg night. This simply keeps withdrawls from going full force and pain level allowing me to not do anything at all. Now i do not expect to be pain free nor do i think medication is the only option, i also go to acupuncture twice a week plus biofeedback, plus pain psychitrist to feal with the depression of being in pain 24/7. I dont know how ro express to my Dr that the new dosage is simpy not enough to live life in any way at all. Of course being on pain meds for so long causes tolerance but i just want to live, go to the movies work 3 to 4 days a week be somewhat like i used to.. My life id Nothing compared to what i used to be a runner, playing tennis, going out dancing, having a life working. My life seems so pathetic nothing but dr. Appointments on my calendar nothing but pain in my life and dr.s so afraid now with prescribing that even with years of pocedures, mri's, keeping your contract. Your now told to handle the pain with your mind because afterall part of the pain is in your mind. Thats the reply when your forced to wean because of others breaking the law. Sorry for the rant.. Just frustrated at the outcome of the opiate pendelum being swung our way..
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