There were times after my “final injury” back in September of 2004, when I truly wondered if any medication was supposed to help, or did the doctors just find pleasure in my predicament? Shots, pills, and patches; everything we tried had enough side effects to make your head spin, like I needed another reason above and beyond the pain. Now I know that each of us is different, we all have unique DNA, fingerprints, and the like; but we also have similarities. Why was it so hard to find the right medication?
This week we’ll be going over questions related to chronic pain and the medication that works, or doesn’t, for each of us. To begin with, the first question is, “Was finding the right medication for your pain easy or difficult?”. Like many experiences in life, I have found that getting the right medication requires quite a lot of trial and error. Not easy when the reason for seeking treatment is pain you already can’t deal with. For those of us with back pain, you seem to be put on the back pain bus and you’re not allowed to delineate from the bus’ route. If the first shot didn’t work, why do I need a second? If the pill you gave me makes me sick, why are you telling me to just keep taking it? We’ll get into specifics through the week, but for now I’d really like to know what your experience was like. How about you? Did you find the right medication the first time out of the gate? Have you dealt with one physician, or did you go to multiple offices, or find a pain management doctor on your own? Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the first doctor appointments, the shots, and the pills; but I’d love to hear from you now.