If you don’t suffer from chronic pain, then this article will not make sense to you. Don’t worry, you’re not being insensitive either. People who don’t suffer from chronic pain simply don’t think about pain. Whereas people who suffer chronically, have no choice but to think about pain.
Pain is a part of my daily life, and so is depression. So much in fact, that the quality of each day is often determined within 10 minutes of waking up. Or, in some cases, 10 minutes of getting out of bed because I’m already awake from a poor night’s sleep.
Rare is it, that I have a full-day free from pain, Even rarer is to have two. I wrote this and sent it to OpiateCureBlog.com because I have now had FIVE DAYS FREE FROM PAIN, and I know why, AND, it needs to be shared.
As all former patients of Doctor Cochran were, I was probably one of the saddest to see him go. I’ll leave that right there where it is.
My first visit with Dr. Richard Adkins went okay, but he immediately reduced my medication, which scare the hell out of me.
My second visit with Dr. Richard Adkins, I noticed a more-compassionate doctor than the first visit. In fact, he was careful to explain why he had cut my medications back, and also explained why it was important to try new treatments, in addition to continuing opiate medications.
Habit is a difficult thing to break, especially when you’re not fully aware that your’e being lead by it. Dr. Adkins was right, I had come to depend on opiates to feel better, and he even made the statement, “That’s okay. It’s been your only option. Let’s try some things and see if we get results”.
Six days ago, we did just that. we began administration of a steroid that will help lubricate the smashed disc in my lower back. Honesty, I did not have faith in this, since I’d already had two epidural steroids. But on day two of taking the medication and the opiates I woke up to something I hadn’t felt in a long, long time – No Pain. None.
It is now day five as I write this, and I have been completely pain-free for over 5 days, and this is the first time I can remember this feeling in over ten years.
I did ask Dr. Adkins about taking the opiates, and I loved his response “When it’s time to stop, you’ll know”. Somehow, that brought me comfort. He’s not in a hurry to get me “med free”, and he’s leaving the process of tapering or even quitting up to me. I guess I do know why that brought me comfort – Until Dr. Cochran, I was in a lot of pain, and the thought of stopping the one thing that has helped, well, it scares the hell out of me.
For those of you frustrated by the change of posts, give it some time. If you haven’t seen Dr. Adkins at least three times, and been completely honest with him about your pain on every visit, then how could he expect to trust or possibly heal you? Pain management is a two-way street. You have to get specific in order for any doctor to help or heal you.
Go to him in full honesty, share your pain in detail, and share your concerns. I did, and am now reaping the rewards. I have to say, it is truly amazing to not be in pain. To wake up and jump out of bed the past five days has been incredible. And twice, I have forgotten to take my medications. Why? Not sure I need them anymore.
Only time will tell…