Doctor changed pain meds

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Skeeter_Bug
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   Posted 3/18/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking oxycontin for pain but lately it hasn't been working to esp since i further injured my back. She is now putting me on Morphine and I am wondering what to expect from morphine as far as side effects etc. also she said she thinks that i have blown a disc in my lower back and may eventually have to have surgery. I also now have a presctiption for a power chair because I can barely walk and fall alot.
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notnu2cp
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   Posted 3/18/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Skeeter,glad to see you got a change at least,means your Doc is at least listening to your complaints.

Morphine is alot of folks savior and some nightmares and this again is based on individual reaction.

The only annoying side effects I can think of are nausea,lethargy and alot of people complain of being brainfogged. Sometimes they go away the longer you take it. Anything other or worse then this needs to be reported to your Doc,

great news on the power chair and I try not to use mine awhole lot but there are times and instances where I couldnt live without it.

 


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crohnie1985
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   Posted 3/19/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I have been taking Morphine for over 3 years and in hindsite I wounder if it was the best option. I found out the hard way because now I am dependent on it (Morphine) and I don't see a way out. I have slowly become tolerant to the drug and my dosage is spiraling upward, so when I miss a dose or forget to refill the script and end up short, I suffer withdrawls, bad withdrawls. How I wish this was made more clear to me prior to using it to control my pain. Yes it works well if I follow the dosage exactly, but in the real world there are so many things out of my control that can mess up getting refills and it happens every single month (expired scripts, out of stock, incorrect scripts. etc.) and the looks I get at the pharmacy are like I am a junky, I see it in their face everytime, so beware.

notnu2cp
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   Posted 3/20/2008 1:55 AM (GMT -7)   
AMEN Gramps!
 
Chronie there are a few things that you can do to make sure you dont have to suffer any W/Ds from not getting your meds on time and one it to make sure you schedule your appointment on a day or so before it is actually due and make sure before leaving the office that it is written correctly and for the right amount and that coincides with the numbers on the side of the script along with the correct dose and how you should take it,make sure it is signed by the Doc and if all this is correct prior to leaving the Docs you should have no more problems like that.
 
I dont know why the script would be expired if you go in each month to get it and this is policy as well as the law with morphine as they cannot write refills for this med. Also find a drug store that can assure you that they will have the med in stock each month for you and make sure before they fill any of it that they have the entire amount on hand since if you fill it and they only have part of it and they cannot come thru with the rest within 72 hours you lose the origional script and this may be where you come up with expired scripts as partial fills on morphine voids the origional remaining amounts and a new script has to be written for the amount you didnt not get.
 
It is your job to assure that you have done everything you can do to assure that your meds are filled in a timely manner prior to running out each month and if your doing all the right thngs and the drugstore is causing this to happen you need to find another one and if the Doc is causing it you need to have a heart to heart with him about his getting it right and if the office staff is causing it then you need to make him aware of it.
 
By no means should you have to run out ofmeds every single month and due to someone else's neglect.
2 knee replacements & a hip.
spondylosis at L-4,5 & S1
arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
MEDS:methadone,zanax,zanaflex,indocin,maxide,lexapro,K*,inderal,zestril 
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crohnie1985
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   Posted 3/20/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for your input.

I did make it a point to see the PM Dr. face to face not just the resident. I brought up the issue of incorrect scripts, he assured me that he would look into it. See him again next week. I now check everything before I exit the Dr' office. As to the pharmacy, in the past I have phoned ahead to see if they have the script in stock, and they promised me that they had enough in stock, but upon submitting the script they do not, and I end up going elswhere. The pharmacy staff in the past checked their safe, not sure if there is anything I can do if they give false information. I will be trying to fine tune this monthly ritual as I am sure I am not alone. And as to the "looks" I get refilling narcotics, my daughter is now working as a pharmacy tech, we will see what happens, and yes I told her not to give Pm people an attitude. Ha ha


PAlady
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   Posted 3/20/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
We have to live with a continual obstacle course, don't we? It takes so much energy...like the pain isn't enough all by itself.

Keah
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   Posted 3/21/2008 1:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Skeeter, I hope that this change will bring you lots of relief. You certainly deserve it. Did your Doc order a CT scan or MRI to find out what's going onin your back? She should have. After all, she's telling you she thinks you've ruptured a disc and that you may need surgery.

The reason I ask is because if the disc, or anything else is applying pressure to the spinal cord, it's IMPERATIVE to know that and correct it ASAP. If the pressure?injury goes untreated for too lon, it can cause permanent damage to the cord. My FIL had small metastatic tumors all along his spine and ended up literally stuck in the bed. He laid there for 4 days, over a long weekend calling only his Doc. The idiot (Doc, that is) never returned the call and no matter what we did, we couldn't convince him to let us get him to the hosp until he talked to his Doc. Welll, eventually we got him in and the Neurosurgeon said that if he had waited another 24-48 hours, the damage would have been permanent. Sure, he did have terminal cancer, but he was able to walk for the next 3 years -right up until he finally passed away. So please, push your Doc to address the cause of your increase in pain and lack of mobility. This is a real quality of life issue and you deserve answers and relief.

Best Wishes.

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