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Pain Medicine

Pain Medicine

I am thinking about asking my doctor for pain meds. Has anyone did this? How hard is it to live on the pain pills? Side effects, and what about getting addicted?

A MyEndometriosisTeam Member said:

I was on Tramadol for a long time, it took the edge off of my pain but it never fully relieved it. I switched to a new doctor a little over a year ago, who specializes in pelvic pain conditions. He started me on oxycodone and I feel like I can finally live pain free again. I am on a small dose. The down side is that you build a tolerance like most drugs and most people need to keep increasing their dosage for it to keep working for them and of course it is addictive. I have been lucky and haven't had to go up on my dose since I started but I don't think that's typical. As far as side effects go, I deal with mild constipation. Good luck to you!!

posted almost 6 years ago
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member said:

I was on the waiting list for nearly 18 months to see my Gyne doctor and not given any pain relief other than paracetamol, I moved to my new doctor 2 months ago (with my huge medical file) and explained everything to him, there and then in front of me, he rang through to my gynes secretary and I had an appointment 3 days later and the tablets he has given me have made such a difference for me, he has so far been the nicest doctor that I've come across with dealing with my endo xx
My old doctor was a lady and disregarded my pain as period cramps and to get on with my life!!!
I'm now booked in for a laparoscopy on the 30th September xxx

posted almost 6 years ago
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member said:

For all of you struggling with doctors, I am proof that finding the right one can give you part of your life back. So like I said last night, I had an appt. this morning with my PCP and he did prescribe Tramadol which helped. He also gave me Celebrex for the inflammation in my bones. I know it isn't easy switching doctors but it is worth it. I went from driving 5 minutes to about 45 minutes to get a doctor that a friend recommended and I was very blessed to only had to switch one time, but if I had too, I would have kept looking. I went from a doctor who only looked at a computer screen to a doctor who sits down face to face with me and tells me what is going on, asks questions about how our current treatment plan is working, and makes sure I understand what the next step is in taking care of my health. It makes the pain, just a little easier and feels a little less lonely. We have a major pain pill problem in the Shelby, Gastonia, and Charlotte area so it isn't easy to get it if you need it, but if your find the right doctor then I am sure someone will be able to help. I wish you the best @A MyEndometriosisTeam Member !!!!

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member said:

My dr has always given me something. I have norco for the really bad times and prescription ibuprofen for the not so bad. I also take aleve as needed. Norco will make u sleepy, however i have been on it for years so i dont get sleepy. I also cut them in half cuz usually a half will take the edge off. I have been with my dr for years, she has done 3 surgeries on me and has delivered my baby, so she knows when im in pain.

posted about 6 years ago
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member said:

Omg so sorry I meant to post this on another question about how Endo impacts sex drive. I am SO sorry and embarrassed!

posted almost 4 years ago
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