I believe without pain medication, I wouldn’t be here anymore. I can’t go without pain medicine… You can.
Until I have the surgery. No, I can’t. I have a necrotic ulcer. I can’t eat, I can’t walk very good. I’m weak all the time. I have a chronic illness and, it’s killing me. We need to get you off the pain pills and take care of the ulcer. And we will take care of the ulcer, and then I will get off the pain pills. I just, I’m not a doctor
I’m sorry Mom, the pain pills are killing you. When I tell people that I’m in constant pain, quite often they don’t believe me. You don’t understand
My whole life You don’t understand the daily Yes I do resiment of pain that I go through. Mom yes I do No you don’t.
Yes I do. You’re not there I have pain in my abdomen, and my back, my left leg, the person that I blame for all of this are the doctors that have passed me around from one to another, without any one of them really trying to find out what was wrong. You know there’s some good, really good doctors here. But you know, they’re just not going down the right road. I don’t take the pain medication to get high, it just gives me some relief, actually it kind of gives me some energy. I have a dependency, but I’m not an addict in the street that does anything to get drugs. Alex I am sick. We know that you’re sick mom
Okay. But you don’t need to be high. I’m not trying to be high Okay do you abuse your pain medicine? I have occasionally, yes
You do all the time, right No I don’t all the time
So therefore, anybody that abuses their
I don’t all the time Pain medicine
and the only time Mom does not need to be on it And the only time that happens is when I’m in an intolerable amount of pain. I feel I’ve put my family through a lot, but what they need to understand is that, I’m in a lot of pain constantly, and I need some help. I am trying to get better, believe me it, it is a feat every day. I hope Dr. Phil could snap his fingers and make all the bad go away. How are you doing today? I’m struggling. What are you struggling with? I ran out of my pain medicine, and I’m just, sick. Are you in withdrawal? Yeah. And when was the last time you took a pain med? Yesterday. Today. Two o’clock this morning, four o’clock this morning
I didn’t take an Opioid today, it’s not
Okay well it was still pain medicine, it was Tramadol. You came in there and said you needed it Yeah
You kept us up all night, ringing our doorbell to get pain pills. I’m sorry. How long have you been on Opioids? Five or six years. Right. You understand Opioids are not designed for long term use, right?
Yeah. If I don’t take pain medicine, then I mean sometimes the pain is so unimaginable. This is an auto exacerbating syndrome, the more you take, the sicker you get, the sicker you get, the more you take, the more you take, the sicker you get, the sicker you get, the more you take, the more you take, the sicker you get, and so you’re like a concentric circle, just circling the drain tighter, and tighter, and tighter until there’s no where to go. If I was able to have the surgery, I would be able to get off the pain medicine. And have somewhat of a normal life You’ve had so many surgeries now that you’re just pieced together. I know. Have you been arrested for drug seeking behavior? Yes, and
Have you doctor hopped? No. I’ve been referred. No
You haven’t doctor hopped? That is not true. No, I mean
Okay listen I really wanna help you, but you’ve gotta be completely honest with me, and yourself. I am. I don’t think that
And if you’re telling me, you haven’t doctor hopped, you’re not being honest with me.