Hi I'm new to this I have multiple health issues, one of which is degenerative spine. I had a stimulator but they removed it when I had a spinal op due to a calcified cyst pressing on spinal nerves at L4/5. Recently sciatica back with a vengeance, have asked to go to a different pain clinic I don't want to see doctor at old one as my brilliant consultant has left the new one is not what I want or need. I'm on oxycodone and it seems all the docs want now is to get you off the tablets without anything to replace it. I believe The government has decided that opiate prescribing is too high so it must be stopped. I've managed to reduce the amount I take to keep them happy but my pain is not good I try to use non drug interventions including mindfulness, relaxation etc but without the backing of opiates at a reasonable therapeutic level non of this works for me. We are being punished by the government are they are following Americas lead get everybody off opiates in case they overdose and get sued?.
I am a carer and have to be able to look after my husband, there is nobody to help, good adult social care is non existent, basically I save the public purse a lot of money because I do their job. I don't get money because I have another source of income. So why try to refuse me one of the few things that help. It's ludicrous and shortsighted. Sorry to sound angry but that's because I am. We need to lobby MPs etc but most people are so unwell they have little energy left to undertake anything like this. We have been to see ours who was sympathetic but whether helpful in long run who knows. Has anybody else having problems with pain meds especially opiates?