I won’t disclose the medication I am on but will only say I have been taking it since around 2004-2005. It has given me some quality of life that I would not have if my doctor chose not to prescribe for me. I have been told that I will probably be on it for the rest of my life.
I do get defensive when doctors and other individuals who state we are all addicts. This could not be further from the truth at least for me, and others that I know who take their medication in a responsible manner. Most people who do abuse prescribed medication are often recovering substance abusers in my opinion. I function quite well, and I do not over use my medication. Medication is to be taken as prescribed by your physician.
I have a good relationship with my doctor, and ask questions always. You do not want to mess around when it comes to pain medication of any kind. I find if I go beyond the 72 hours (changing pain patch) that I pay dearly. The pain is unbelievable. There is absolutely no “high” feelings – just a sense of relief from the pain patch when I do change it on time.. It goes right where it should go.
If you are on pain medications – please take them in a responsible manner. When you don’t, it hurts the people like me who do take it as prescribed. We are all too often lumped into that one category it seems.
I would really like to hear from others who are pain medication. What have your experiences been? Do you feel like you are being judged every time you go to your pharmacy to get medication filled? I do often. Not a good feeling and yet I should not have to explain myself at all to anyone.