Kadian and sensitivity to the sun and heat

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Lucia_Delacroix
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   Posted 6/16/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Normally I am not sensitive to heat and the sun...in fact I love the heat and the sun. But I've been on Kadian for about three months now and...I went to PrideFest and I was only there for 2 hours before I told my fiance I needed to go home, I was too hot. I had planned to stay all day. And then on Sunday we hit the community pool and even though I was in the water most of the time, I lasted only about three hours before I started to get sunburnt even though I slathered on sunblock numerous times. (thankfully it is a mild/moderate sunburn!) I normally do not get sunburnt even with only SPF 15 sunblock, but now I do. I will have to look into getting SPF 55 or even 85 sunblock and wear a t shirt into the pool now. Has anyone has this problem with their Kadian or other pain meds, and do they have any advice? I live in San Antonio so I need to figure out how to deal with the sun and the heat. I have places I want to go, but I can't go anywhere! I want to go to the thrift store this week but I can't because it is going to be about 100 all this week! (I take the bus) I want to go swimming again this upcoming Sunday and I want to stay all afternoon, cause this is what I and my fiance do every Sunday in the summer. I don't want to miss out on all the fun due to the pain medication. :(

Thanks for your advice in advance!
Born with hip dysplasia in left hip, 2 surgeries to fix it when I was a very small toddler.

Also, 2 injured discs in lower back at L3-L4 and at L4-L5.

I also have Fibromyaglia as well.

Meds:
Zyprexa 7.5 mg
Wellbutrin XL 150 mg
Klonopin .50 to 1 mg as needed throughout the day for panic attacks
Norco 10/325 mg as needed for breakthrough pain
Robaxin 750 mg 1-3 tablets a day
Ibuprofen 800 mg as needed
Kadian 50 mg
Halcion .25 mg for sleep
Lyrica 75 mg for Fibromyaglia


Morgoth
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   Posted 6/16/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Opium and all its derivatives can cause heat and light sensitivity. As far as I know, there is nothing you can do about it except stay out of the sun, avoid intense light (wear dark glasses) and cover most of your skin when going outdoors. If you become very sensitive, you'll have to wear heavier clothing outdoors as the Sun's UV light will pass through most light clothing. Luckily I live in Belgium and we have a lot of clouded and rainy days here.

Of course, taken into account the massive amount of medication you take, the sensitivity could have another source. Could also be a reaction to the general degeneration of your body (no offense meant, just a medical statement). Our bodies have priorities, and natural sunblock is not one of them.

I'd lke to finish with a warning. That Ibufrofen 800 mg can cause, in the short and mid-term range, serious stomach and abdominalproblems, and in the long-range kidney trouble.

Anyway, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy yourselves indoors. Further details are unnecessary I think.
To stand and be still at the Birkenhead Drill is a mighty bullet to shew.


Lucia_Delacroix
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   Posted 6/16/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your advice. You live in Belgium, Europe? Awesome.

I don't have problems with sun and my eyes. It's just overheating and sunburning that are the issues.

I know it's not the other meds because I have been on those other meds and have had no problems before Kadian.

Thanks for the warning about the Ibuprofen, I don't always take it all the time, I take it for breakthrough and menstrual pain.

I feel cooped up in my apartment, and I want to get out. I love to swim. I like going places. Especially Six Flags, Pridefest, and Schlitterbahn Park. We have 3 amusement parks here in San Antonio.

Oh, and I need to take the Lyrica off the list of medications I am on as it has made me sick to my stomach and very dizzy.
Born with hip dysplasia in left hip, 2 surgeries to fix it when I was a very small toddler.

Also, 2 injured discs in lower back at L3-L4 and at L4-L5.

I also have Fibromyaglia as well.

Meds:
Zyprexa 7.5 mg
Wellbutrin XL 150 mg
Klonopin .50 to 1 mg as needed throughout the day for panic attacks
Norco 10/325 mg as needed for breakthrough pain
Robaxin 750 mg 1-3 tablets a day
Ibuprofen 800 mg as needed
Kadian 50 mg
Halcion .25 mg for sleep
Lyrica 75 mg for Fibromyaglia


nvrthesame98
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   Posted 6/17/2008 2:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Morgoth is absolutely correct as all opiates and their deriviatives can cause problems with the heat and sun. Also correct in the facts re: the Ibuprof,taken along with the robaxin to boot and maybe it isnt the lyrica causing all the upset. I think I would consider adding a stomach prptector such as pepto or mylanta to the mix but hey that wasnt even your question was it? Sorry.

I know that once we find relief and can actually rejoin the living it is difficult to sit out events we enjoy but heat stroke is a very serious matter and if needs to be taken seriously. Many meds can cause this to happen to our bodies but some are far worse then others.

Try going out later in the evening and maybe even swimming using indoor pools or those with at least cover,the Y's usually have such pools and many health clubs as well. Carry a umbrella with you in the sun and while waiting for the bus try to stay in a shaded area if possible. I have in the past used wet wash cloths packed in a zip lock baggy and ice to cool off when I feel I am overheating outdoors. Drink plenty of water!!

Dont laugh at this one as it seems to work! I have a friend who uses those therma care heat things for her pain and she has one that goes to her lower back and it is like a velcro belt thing and has pocket sort of things in it and while she is out in the heat she uses those ice packs like you put in lunch boxes,the ones that are frozen jelly like stuff and are refreezable and puts those in her belt instead of the heated ones. She even keeps a few of those cheap (from the dollar tree) chemical ones used for emergencies in her backpack in case her frozen ones melt before she can get home. This sounds extreme for most but she is on meds that cause overheating as well as she is postmenopausal and the 2 together she says is calls for horrific measures. LOl

If you can wear a straw hat and keeping your head cool helps cool down the rest of your body,sun glasses are for heat as well as shading your eyes and use the higher sun screens if you have to be out in the direct sun and those made for babies are the best!

Stay cool and have fun!
NVR
 
Bilateral knee replacements,spondylosis of L-3,4,5 and S-1, osteoarthritis,premenopausal migraines.
 
Meds: Methadone,xanax,zanaflex,maxide,prempro,K+,indocin,lexapro,neurontin(coming off) lyrica(going onto)
 
 


Morgoth
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 177
   Posted 6/17/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Lucia,

You should know that people can become allergic to substances they were never allergic to before.

As NVR pointed out heatstroke is a serious matter, be careful, have fun but tray to stay somewhat out of the Sun.
To stand and be still at the Birkenhead Drill is a mighty bullet to shew.


Lindaloo
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 1713
   Posted 6/18/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Lucia,

I take percocet every four hours for pain and I am very sensitive to the sun as well. Despite the fact that I use sunblock, I get red and break out into a rash on my arms whenever I am out in the sun for an hour or so.

As for Kadian, I took one and had a violent reaction with my muscles tightening up, contracting and jerking all night long. I had the side effects for twenty four hours.

Hope that some of the suggestions, like wearing additional clothing helps you. It's fun to enjoy the sun during the summer months. Good luck and let us know how you do.

Lindaloo
Moderator Chronic Pain
 
Believe in yourself.  Be kind to fellow humans and animals.  Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
Linda

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