I have chronic pain in my back, both legs, and the occasional migraine. I take Norco (hydrocodone) twice a day to help manage it. I supplement them with Tylenol at least twice a day when it's really bad. The chronic pain along with some pretty bad psychiatric issues combine to make me disabled and unable to work, which I sometimes miss pretty badly. It gets kinda dull sitting around the house all day.
I've seen you posts before DMCal, and I really appreciate your candor. For me it sucks to admit this kind of "weakness," but I think it helps people when we share. Alas, as I said, taking pretty much any opioids, even in tiny doses, is a guaranteed 2-3 days of severe nausea, stomach cramps, and my favorite: vomiting. That wasn't always the case though. For a solid two or three years I took therapeutic doses of hydrocodone/Vicodin, and it worked well enough. Then the damnable tolerance reared its ugly head, and I found myself taking 3, 4, 5 Vicodins at a time just to feel human. I know now I was approaching addiction. That is also when I started developing the aforementioned nausea. In a way I'm almost glad that happened, because part of me thinks I would have ended up a junky if my tolerance kept creeping up with nothing to stop me. And like you, I have my fair share of psychiatric issues as well. OCD, depression, and an obscure personality disorder.
I strongly recommend seeing a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) rather than an MD. MD's first instinct is to disbelieve you are in pain, and then to prescribe opioids. A DO has an additional specialized set of tools called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).
Changed my life. Even relieves migraine headaches.
Thank you for the insight. I will say this: I have been seeing my general practitioner since I was a wee lad. And my parents and aunts saw my doctor's father - also a doctor, obviously - when they were kiddos. We are blessed to have a trusting, meaningful relationship with this man. And I am blessed that, when I see him, he doesn't dismiss my complaints. Even so, I will look into your advice about a doctor of osteopathy. Because no matter how solid my relationship is with my general practitioner, the man is a generalist and not a specialist. A very smart and well-versed generalist, but that can only count for so much.