Pain Management with past addiction problems

By IrishChris Latest Reply 2013-09-16 19:45:49 -0500
Started 2013-09-15 00:16:30 -0500

I was recently told that I may have chronic pancreatitis (he thinks it was caused by uncontrolled blood sugars). My pain has gotten to the point that I spend most of my day in bed. My blood sugars have gone crazy because of all of this, and I was told recently that the reason I may be having a hard time controlling them is because of the pain. I wasnt aware pain could effect my levels, but it would explain a lot. I am currently uninsured, and live in a Republican state, so needless to say: medicaid is not an option for me. So I am not able to control my type 1 diabetes by any means. (I dont have testing supplies, I have to go off of how I feel, along with carb counting, I also only can afford short acting insulin, I havent been on my Lantus for nearly a year now) So I have a very hard time as it is keeping my blood sugar SOMEWHAT under control. Well now I have this condition that is causing me severe pain all day, everyday. Problem is, my doctor wont give me anything for the pain. I know it's because I had a problem with opiate pain medications about 5 years ago, after I was involved in a serious car accident and became addicted to the oxycodone the doc was using to treat my pain. I have since kicked the addiction, however I know its in my medical files. I was in the hospital last night and was told I'm in the beginning stages of DKA and told I HAD to get my sugars under control. I was given some pain medicine at the hospital as well as some percocet for home. My blood sugar is back to normal (I found one last test trip this afternoon and was at 116) now that my pain is under control. However the e.r. doc only gave me enough to get through the weekend. I dont want to go down the road of addiction again, however I cannot function with this pain and its now leading me to DKA. Has anyone else ever faced this type of problem? How do I convince my doctor to start managing my pain? And how do I prevent myself from becoming addicted again?

7 replies

hpcdiabetes 2013-09-16 18:33:04 -0500 Report

Took about four days for that meter to come in for me, quick turn around.

If a pain clinic isn't an option, discuss other options with your doc. There are programs out there to help those with severe or chronic pain problems.

IrishChris 2013-09-16 19:45:49 -0500 Report

The web-site said my order would be processed in 2 weeks. I hope its sooner. I have an appointment set up with my doc tomorrow to discuss my options. Thanks!

Anonymous 2013-09-15 21:45:58 -0500 Report

Freestyle test stripes can be shipped to you for little or nothing according to their web site and t.v. Google it.Hope it helps!

IrishChris 2013-09-15 22:18:55 -0500 Report

Thanks, the other guy referred me to the the other web-site and so I should have my new meter in about two weeks.

IrishChris 2013-09-15 19:36:15 -0500 Report

Pain clinic isnt an option. I would have to have a referal from another doctor, and even then they charge upwards of $200 per visit. I dont have ANY money till I can get back to work, which I can't do until I get better, which wont happen until I get my pain under control. Its a vicious circle I'm stuck in. But thanks for the Nova website, I'm going to go there right now.

hpcdiabetes 2013-09-15 13:36:37 -0500 Report

I agree, a pain clinic can do wonders. There are some guidelines you would have to abide by, but they are fairly easy to comply with.

As far as no insurance, and unable to obtain testing supplies, talk to your pharmacist. There are many programs available to diabetics without insurance to help cover a percentage of the cost of supplies. Right now on the Nova Diabetes website, you can get a free meter, and an Rx card that allows test strips for $15 per month.