I have had some more appointments with my neurologist, pain management doctor close to home, psychiatrist, and called my General Practitioner, to keep up to date with all my medications, tests, and any other new symptoms, feelings, progress of any kind.
The doctors are fine, but I always get this feeling from their staff that they are treating me like some addict looking to score. It's a terrible way to feel on top of the pain I am already feeling. And then talking about it in some support groups, I am constantly being badgered by one or two individuals who aren't fully educated, or have some notion that everyone that takes narcotics must be some addict.
Well, I want to set the record straight. Not everyone who takes narcotics is an 'addict', just like everyone who drinks is not an 'alcoholic'.
My medication is closely monitored. There are reasons that I am currently being treated with narcotics:
- I'm epileptic, which limits a lot of the medications for nerve pain that I can take. My neurologist does not want to mess with my seizure medication right now because I haven't had a breakthrough seizure in over 2 months. Considering the lack of sleep, and stress, that is pretty remarkable.
- I have had an allergic to Dilantin, called Steven-Johnson Syndrome. This makes doctors prescribing medications very nervous, because a lot of medication is in the same 'class' family.
- Considering the medications I am already on for epilepsy, anxiety, and depression, there was not a lot of different 'class' families for the doctors to choose from at this time.