Gut Rumbles

May 18, 2006

decision time

I've gotta make a choice, and I ain't sure what I'm gonna do. I know good and well that I AM NOT going back to the doctor for another torture physical therapy session, and I know good and well that I can't stand the pain I'm feeling now.

I read this scare-you-to-death article in the Savannah Morning News yesterday that said prescription pain medication abuse is an "epidemic" today, and THE CHILDREN are taking them, so we've gotta cut that shit OUT. Doctors are in fear of having the feds investigate them and take their licenses if they write script today.

My aching ass. Do ALL laws exist "for the children" anymore, or do we have ADULTS running this country? I'll be damned if I know.

I hurt. I have something chronic wrong with me, and it is affecting my life BADLY. But if I see a doctor, he pretty much says, "Suck it up and pay me $150 a visit to tell you to... well...suck it up some more." Fuck that.

I have another question: if you go to the doctor and almost EVERY question Nurse Ratched asks is about your INSURANCE, do you REALLY think she gives a shit about how bad you feel? Do you get the feeling (which only adds to your pain) that's you're being milked like a COW? That it's all about MONEY?

Naw. Me, neither.

But I WILL NOT live as I am much longer. And THAT is a promise.


Get into Zen. Also, natures painkiller, majaruana. I can't send you any, I don't smoke the stuff, but I am sure one of your fans can.
Get back to nature and stay there awhile. Look for a monastary in the west too.
Getting out of the humidity can't hurt.

Posted by: Terry on May 18, 2006 03:28 PM

PS Accupuncture. Try it.

Posted by: Terry on May 18, 2006 03:32 PM

You're going to have to do the PT or you're going to get permanently crippled up. Change doctors until you find one that will give you pain meds that will allow you to do the PT.


Posted by: Lamont Cranston on May 18, 2006 03:56 PM

He's an addict. He can't do the pain killers or the weed. He needs to suck it up and do the therapy.

Posted by: doug on May 18, 2006 03:58 PM

Having an addictive personality shouldn't stop someone from taking pain medication

"He's an addict. He can't do the pain killers or the weed. He needs to suck it up and do the therapy"

We ALL have an addictive personality to some extent. Pain medication was MEANT to be taken by those in PAIN!

If the A-MAN is in PAIN, he should have every expectation of being able to get prescription medication to ease his pain, and help him endure his PT.

I think doctors who are pissing themselves over the fact that kid's are abusing drugs (which isn't NEW, by the way) are full of SHIT!

You may have to go to (GOD FORBID) Canada or Mexico to get a perscription man. Now that's a pisser.

Posted by: Mrite on May 18, 2006 04:28 PM

Dear A-Man,

I agree with previous posts. Get a new doctor. Keep shopping until you get one that will give you the pain meds you need to deal with the pain.

When they say "you may feel a little discomfort" it really means get ready for the big pain.

Wishing you all the best,


Posted by: ginger on May 18, 2006 05:08 PM

Has the doc tried cortizone yet?

Posted by: Mark on May 18, 2006 05:26 PM

Hi Rob,

This may come from a very strange source.
Man in costruction etc. etc.

Since I was 28 years old I have been an Aroma oil masage Therapist.
I have seen hundreds of naked bodies.
I have seen people crippled by pain.
I was always a last resort, after the medical proffesion have checked them.
I have helped many of them.
I do not believe that "no pain, no gain" is proper.
This sounds wrong. I know.
My first wife died of Cancer.
I treated her pain with oil and masage until she died.
The Docters all prescribed heavier and heavier doses of serious drugs.
She puked and became disorientated from that.

google "aroma oil therapy masage" and give it a try.

There are some very potent oils out there.
And a good therapist can help you.

Nic Steenekamp

Posted by: KeesKennis on May 18, 2006 05:28 PM

Dont get into Dope, grass or Coke, it is not a long term solution.


Nic Steenekamp.
+255 748 555 371

Posted by: KeesKennis on May 18, 2006 05:32 PM

What's hurting now? I thought that shot solved all your problems.

Posted by: Mark on May 18, 2006 05:59 PM

If you have a good PT, it will definitely help. But, it's not going to work after one session.

Maybe look into something may work wonders.

I just hate for you to be in such pain and feel like you don't have any options.

Posted by: Beth on May 18, 2006 07:29 PM

Seriously, there's nothing wrong with painkillers. They actually affect you differently depending on how much pain you're in. Even without an existing tolerance, someone in severe pain can take doses that would kill a healthy person. As for addiction, it's not much of a risk as long as you only take what's necessary to make the pain manageable.

Yeah, there's a chance that getting on painkillers could lead you down a road that *might* kill you, but that's a better fucking shot than the course of action you're hinting at.

Posted by: Tom on May 18, 2006 09:07 PM

Another vote for the pain management doc; find one asap. It's BS that alcoholics/addicts can't take pain meds. I have to take hydrocodone to work and otherwise have a life. My shoulder pain had me unable to do anything before that, after 4 years sober. You will know if the meds are too strong; you know the difference between functional and intoxicated! I keep mine at a level where I ache but can choose to ignore the pain. Chronic pain is not your friend, and neither is anyone who puts their ideology ahead of you finding relief.

Posted by: Stu on May 18, 2006 09:39 PM

Get back to the doctor. You are now whining like one of the welfare riders that you hate. The pain won't go away by itself and I know several people that have had rotator cuff surgery and did fine. I don't like doctors either and sometimes question their methods but they are right 99.9999% of the time and the patient wrong the same percentage

Posted by: Scrapiron on May 18, 2006 11:28 PM

See if there isn't a Sports Medicine branch in a local hospital. Jen and I both have bum knees and had tried a bunch of alternatives but the clinic at the hospital in Seattle got us both back in the pink in a few (somewhat painful) months.

I am not talking about some strip-mall "sports therapy" place, you need to find where the professional athletes in your area go to get patched back up.

Posted by: DaveH on May 18, 2006 11:50 PM

Do hog wrestlers count?

Posted by: Catfish on May 19, 2006 12:07 AM

Don't take any crap about not taking painkillers. I used to suffer like hell with gout, never seeing the doctor or taking painkillers because that's just how I am. One time it got so bad I relented, three days on Ibuprofen and I was OK. A drug we can buy for the equivalent of fifty cents in any supermarket! It's not the "painkilling" that helps, it's the anti-inflammatory action that gets rid of the cause of the pain.

Posted by: Colin in UK on May 19, 2006 07:20 AM

Fuck every one of you. I know what hurts and I know what doesn't.

I HURT!!! and it's NEVER gonna get any better if some doctor doesn't realize the situation that I am in. I've gone SEVEN MONTHS without drinking any alcohol, and anybody who preaches "addict" shit at me can kiss my Cracker ass.

If I DO NOT get some relief soon, I'm gonna start drinking again. I didn't go through rehab, spend $35,000 of my OWN money and hang on by my fingernails MANY times to feel the way I do now.

And you can judge me all you want to. Just suck my bionic dick when you do.

Posted by: Acidman on May 19, 2006 09:06 PM

No Dr. will rx pain meds for because they probably know you went to rehab. never.
You need to drive or fly to mexico, see a doc
tell him what you want. Legal and you can bring back 3 months supply through customs.
Good luck- Andrew

Posted by: Andrew on May 20, 2006 11:34 PM
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