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Porteyoz
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   Posted 5/15/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I am soo relieved! I worried all through my vacation and even after I got home (restless sleep,nervousness) due to my drug test I took at my last visit. Like I explained, my husband is a long term smoker of marijuana and blows it towards me (for last 20 years!!) in bed at night...well, my doctor made NO MENTION of the drug test or the results...he just went striaght into talking about changing my regimen from 6 Norco 10/325 to MS contin 1 q 12hrs and 3 Norco/day for breakthru pain. He gave me 2 weeks worth (to try out..in case not working or any problems...I wouldn't have to wait an entire month) He was really sweet to me today and so was his staff....I don't know what happened but I'm soo grateful!!! I took my first dose of MS contin this morning (15mg) at 10 and it's now almost 1pm and I just feel a little "warm all over"....is this normal? I haven't noticed a change in pain yet..but we'll see.
 
*dx: chronic left flank pain w/ complex cyst in meduallary region of left kidney w/ hydroureter and moderate/severe dialation of kidney and calyces...(this has been going on since 99)It feels like having "kidney stone pain all day/night long!* unofficial "self-diagnosis" of LPHS... yeah

TDoern
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   Posted 5/15/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Portey - It's great to know that things worked out for you. I'm not sure about the "warm all over feeling" I don't specifically remember that. However, it may or may not take a bit for the medication to get into your system. For me it took 3-4 hours after I took the pill for it to start working. Also - the pain relief only last 7-8 hours for me after it started. My doctor at the time ended up putting me on the MS Contin every 8 hours. Also - remember the dosage you are taking might not be enough for you - so if after a few days you really aren't noticing a difference make sure to call your doctor!

I'm also really glad that your vacation went well.

Please know I'm not saying this out of spite, only out of concern for your future - if you have not already spoken to your husband about the marijuana and how it may end up at some point giving you problems with receiving the help you need with your medications - I suggest you do so. If nothing else, maybe he can do it with a fan pushing it out the window. I would hate to see you get the relief you deserve and then have it taken away.

Tammy
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Porteyoz
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/15/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you for replying...Yes, for many,many years I've told my husband about smoking next to me in bed...when I was pregnant w/ my 3 kids he went all the way outside to smoke...but now he does have a fan that blows it through the window (we moved our bed in front of the window) but I was soo scared after all the years something would show up! Thank goodness nothing did. He has back pain (broken vertabre from surfing accident/car accident) and REFUSES to go to a doctor for legal medication when "mary Jane does the trick and helps his muscles relax and goes to sleep"...I really wish it was legal since it is "natural" and he really doesn't like feeling like a criminal if that's his "medication"...he doesn't even take asprin. Our kids don't ever see him (as it's at night after they are in bed)...where we live it's "legal up to an ounce" in the county we live in (you just get a ticket if caught) but seems like everyone I know is smoking it or knows someone who does...I work in the medical field and worked oncology for a year and did chemo infusions and we prescribed M.J. for anxiety,nausea...a host of other sx that go along with chemo, eventually it will be legal...sooner rather than later. (I hope-for my hubby's sake) Have a great night...I will finally be able to relax as this appt was really stressing me out for the last 3 weeks!!! tongue

sjkly
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   Posted 5/15/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you were able to get pain relief. No one should have to suffer.
Sj

PAlady
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   Posted 5/15/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
That warm all over feeling sounds soothing to me! :-)

PaLady

Freya
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   Posted 5/15/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
It does to me too!
I'm glad everything worked out for you!

The one thing I did want to say is that on some medication information I've seen, they warn you of that warm feeling and say to contact your DR. You might want to make sure that the MS contin warning info doesnt say anything abou that. I dont know why or what it means but if it's an indication of something its better to be safe than sorry!

Of course it's just a thought!\

Be Well

Freya
  In suffering, we are given the key to a door which most rarely 
      get to open.  Behind it lies the ultimate gift which is only visible
                             in our darkest hour.
                                True strength.


Porteyoz
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks to everyone who welcomed me with open arms and welcomed me back...I can't tell you enough how much it means to me to have somewhere to vent my feelings that are "rarely discussed" at home (I have 3 small children and my husband is supportive, but doesn't understand what "pain" is...) I don't discuss my pain with my friends (don't have that many, but just at work)being in the med field I see the "labeling and unfair way that pain patients are treated...so I wouldn't dare let anyone at work know...Things are good at home but at work not so good. I was just offered "part-time"hours only due to lack of work here (it's a gyn office that does studies for women) and we are just dead here...no patients for days at a time, so the dr offered me to work in the afternoons only from 1-5pm and is still keeping my insurance (basically that is the ONLY thing keeping me here...the dr I work for is a real ****! My husband is getting insurance through his job next month and I'm wondering if he could just add me on his insurance and so I can get outa here...(I filed for unemployment due to my hours being cut in 1/2 (my paycheck will literally be 1/2!) I can barely feed my kids on that! My boss is such a *uknow what* that I was literally 5 min late getting to work today (no patients....everyone just playing on the computers) and she said "if you're going to be late every day..then it's just not going to work out..." yet, she is late EVERY DAY and LEAVES 2 hours early every day....should I let the dr know that? Nobody keeps track of when she comes/goes...I have a co-worker who can "back me up" on everything...so anyway, I filed for u/e...and we just got the mail (I intercepted it...and got the letters from u/e) should I just put them on dr's desk for when he gets back from vacation (27th) I don't want her to get her hands on them...can they fire me for fileing? I have to do what I have to do for my kids...it wasn't my idea to put me part time, it's due to "lack of work"<their words in the letter I got off of her desk when she was gone...or do I just let them fire me? would I get it if they fire me? any imput is helpful...thanks!*have worked here for 2 years...only took 2 full days off for surgeries/ the rest of my "vacation days" were used for dr's appts....<yes, they used my vacation days (pto) for my dr's appts...can they do that? It was only like 1 hour here/ 1 hour there...

PAlady
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   Posted 5/16/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Port,
They may not technically be able to fire you for filing, but sounds like your doc may be easily be able to find other reasons - most notably slow business, or yes, even you coming in late. Remember he/she is the employer and owner of the business. I don't know if it's worth the risk for you or not. Last fall I had back surgery and was out on medical leave which had been approved by the hospital I worked for, but not FMLA protected because I was pt. time and didn't work enough hours. Two months after my back surgery while I was still at home recovering, I got a call from a co-worker saying they had laid off our supervisor who had worked there for 25 years. Everyone was in shock. But I had only worked there for 2 years and of course my productivity was the lowest of everyone because of back pain and being on meds. My supervisor knew this and was cutting me slack, but once she was gone, it didn't take long for them to decide since I'd been out for two months they really didn't need me to come back, as business was slow. So I think you take a risk by filing right now. If you need the health care, I'd first be sure you can be picked up on your husband's policy. You'll probably have to pay a little more (family rate as opposed to individual) but my hunch is it should be allowable unless his employer has some specific restrictions against it. If your doc lays you off you can still keep your insurance for 18 months under COBRA, but it will cost a lot more - you'll pay their group rate. Sounds like you need to weigh the risks of "annoying" your doc who you're already saying isn't such a great person. And he/she is probably anxious about their income if you're going for days without business. If it doesn't pick up, you're likely to be laid off anyway, unless you can make yourself somehow invaluable to that doc. But if you make life harder for him/her, it may be easiest to let you go first. Remember, on unemployment you only get about 2/3 of what you were making, and that's taxable. And it only lasts for 6 months, at least that's how it works in PA.

Good luck!

PaLady
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