I remember when I realized I was addicted to my pain meds. I was in so much pain and was given refills on my pain meds without hesitation from my the headache specialist I was seeing at the time. The only pain med that helped me was dilaudid so that’s what I was given. Yep, super strong! If you have ever gone to the emergency room with a migraine you might have been given dilaudid but probably only 2 or 3 mg’s. Why did my doctor keep giving me so much? [I didn’t like the doctor I was seeing but I kept going back because they said he was “the best”. Really? No bedside manners at all!!! I hated driving an hour in so much pain to see the doctor for 10 minutes and walk out with 5 or more prescriptions. I was always so confused when I left the office.]
I started with a low dose of dilaudid and eventually was taking 20mg per day. OMG! Now I understand why a friend was worried I might overdose. I was taking so many different medications I couldn’t keep track of them and once went on a trip and forgot them. It was a huge PAIN to get the meds when I was out of town. I was always told you should not stop taking medications unless you consult your doctor first. So, I took a taxi a couple of times to get the prescriptions filled. Luckily, I use Walgreens. They are the best and have so many locations.
People on many different medications really should have a friend or family member manage them. I wasn’t even 50 years old at the time and I was taking 7 different medications and the dilaudid!! SO WRONG!
So, I went to see my primary care doctor to tell her I was addicted to my pain meds. She suggested a treatment program but I didn’t want to do that. I told her I could wean myself off so she gave me lower doses to do it. I DID IT!! 3 weeks after my doctor visit I was off of the pain meds. Every 2 or 3 days I just reduced the dose I was taking. I went from 20mg down to ZERO!
Please read and share this article in Time magazine this month.