Worried about meds..

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dorri
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   Posted 10/5/2005 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with arthrialgia and FM.  Since I can't take any non steriod anti inflammatories (because of CD), I take an 8hr tylenol every night, so I can sleep without pain.  Problem is, I've taken tylenol 8hr along with a half a tab of lorazepam 0.50 mg every night for over a year, except one night when I forgot and woke up at night with bad joint pain. I'm thinking that I may be addicted, but what choice do I have?  Prednisone does help, but they won't increase it over the 5 mg since I've been on it long term for crohn's disease.  Today is especially a bad day because we are having our first winter storm, which doesn't help the pain any.    sad


erin.K
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   Posted 10/5/2005 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   

hi Dorri,

with chronic pain and illness, what happens much of the time and also is quite common, is not addiction but tolerance rather.

the tylenol @ one dose might have been sufficeient for a time, but perhaps talking to your doc about a higher dose or maybe a different analgesia that might be beneficial.

we all feel like walking medicine cabinets every now and then!

have to keep in mind that the pred keeps us wired at nite and can interupt sleep.

is half a tab of lorazapam the ordered dose? or can you take the whole tab?

pain @ nite is THE WORSE! i hate it.

talk to you soon!

sincerely,

erin 



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   Posted 10/5/2005 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dorri,
I just want to address your fear of addiction. If you were thirsty would you not drink, and if you were hungry, would you not eat? So you are in pain and you take something that allows you to have some quality of life. Yes, you may be dependent on a medication to allow you to rest, sleep, maybe even allow you to be able to get dressed in the morning.There is a big difference in addiction and dependency. An addict takes drugs to get that high feeling, to escape from reality, and will do whatever it takes to get the money they need for next fix, smoke or snort.

I am dependent on meds for my heart and for Diabetes, but I am not an addict
I am dependent on meds that allow me to sleep at night and allow me to be able to get out of bed in the morning, but I am not an addict.

Statistics show that most people that suffer chronic pain do not become addicted to the meds, although some may be dependent on them. We take pain meds or anti-D's and we do not get that high feeling that an addict would get, because the pain or deperession is there and there is a true need for them.

So pay no attention to labels, for that is all they are. People that will label someone an addict that has chronic pain, are truly uneducated in that area.
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erin.K
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   Posted 10/5/2005 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
amen Flop!
being on darvocet for 3 years...what one tab used to do to control pain, now takes almost 3 or 4! if not for pain management, i wouldn't be able to walk to the mailbox, dress, shower, etc...
it's an important issue for all chronic pain sufferers.
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   Posted 10/5/2005 11:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Dcn is what I use also Erin, I use to think it was glorified asa, but boy I sure use it now. I don't have to crawl to the dresser and pull myself to a standing position. LOL, you beat me by one minute on the above post. We were typing at the same time.
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dorri
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   Posted 10/6/2005 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. I like the word "dependant for pain relief" better than the word "addictive". Yes, I am dependant on these two meds. erin, I can take the whole 0.50 of lorazepam if I want. I'm tiny and have been on meds for CD long term, so it never takes much for me taking a lower dose to get the same effect. Is their any other pain relief medication out there that isn't an aspirin or NSAID product besides tylenol?


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   Posted 10/15/2005 2:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dorrie, I too have cd and on Imuran & Remicade every 4 weeks. Why has your dr not given you any pain medication? Its not right for your dr to leave you hanging in pain. If he is not willing to give you something for pain, then ask to be referred to a pain mgt dr. This dr can give you medication tailored to your needs. I am under the care of a pain mgt dr and yes, there is many medications on the market that you may benefit from. Good luck, Susie

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