Recently, I was told by my surgeon (which is the closest we have to a GI specialist here) that he thought that I was taking too many narcotics and that I might be addicted to them. I decided that I would stop the narcotics right away to prove him wrong. I have been off them for 2 weeks now and haven't had any withdrawal symptoms or cravings. However, I am having a lot of bad pain which prevents me from sleeping at night and sometimes leaves me unable to get out of bed during the day. I am taking chloral hydrate to sleep at night, but sometimes I can't sleep anyway.
In the past I have tried a lot of medication for chronic pain, which include anti-depressants, sedatives/hypnotics,anti-inflammatories and herbal remedies. I have also been to a naturopath (can you say "quack"?), a natural healer(ugh!)and a chronic pain specialist (who put me on narcotics). My question is does anyone have a similar amount of untreatable pain who has been able to succesfully manage it successfuly. If so, how did you manage it? I would appreciate any responses ASAP. Thanks.