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   Posted 8/28/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone...

Just curious..
To those of you who are on a strict constant pain medication schedule.. what times of day and how often are you taking your medication? For example, I take my first dosage around 9am or so, and then again around 4 and again at night...

do you guys take it throughout the night as well?--those of you who take them every 4 hours or so ... And if so, what are you taking and is it working?
How long have you been on your pain medications and are you expected to stop any time soon?

Also, to those of you who pretty much are homebound, such as myself.. what do you do during your days? Living in pain, seems everything is getting harder and harder and doing small things such as laundry etc..

just figured i'd ask what everyone else is doing and how their med schedules is (PLEASE FOLLOW FORUM RULES)

thank you!

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Disce Pati
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   Posted 8/28/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting questions - it will be fascinating to see all the difference approaches that our doctors take for our individual circumstances. My pain meds are for chronic abdominal pain. Because of this, I try to work my dosing schedule around eating times - one of the post-surgical consequences is that I have difficulty eating food without severe pain. So I try to have my most effective doses when I eat; My basic schedule is:
I take methadone twice a day (5mgs every approximately every 12 hours - but I fudge with that because of the circumstances I mentioned above); I usually take it at 6:30am and then 10:00pm (Methadone only works about 8 hours for me; I have a high degree of problems sleeping through the night so I try to take it late enough at night to give me the best chance of sleeping 8 hours in relative comfort). I also take 5mgs of oxycodone 6 times a day; This is the med that I take in response to eating. Usually I take one right as I get up in the morning; then one before lunch; then one an hour or so after lunch when the pain peaks from eating; one before supper; one after supper and one at bed time and one in the early. early morning. My guess is that my schedule is 7:00am; 10:30am; 1:00pm; 5:00pm; 8:00pm; 11:00pm and then 3:00am. For the most part it works; but I still have twice a day fairly uncomfortable pain spikes (usually at 5:00am and again late evening).

I have been on pain meds since May 2000 and have been told that I will be on these for the rest of my life (which means 40 to 50 more years); my condition is such that there is no cure and really no chance that it will just go away on its own (but who knows?); the only expectation for not taking narcotics is if medical science comes up with a better way to treat chronic pain.

Fortunately I am not homebound - in fact as I learn to cope with my condition and have tweaked my medication routine so it seems to address my pain issues better every year, I have gradually eased into a more "normal" life again. That being said, I know that this could change in a minute and I could revert back to the way I was before i had effective pain management - which is the situation you are describing for yourself.

The ONLY way that I am able to do the small things that you are describing is because of effective pain control; if my doctors refused or were unable to find a narcotic regimen that enabled me to do all the big and little tasks of "life" I would not exist today - that I am sure of in every way. I understand that there are situations when a physician cannot reduce pain to manageable levels no matter what they try; however, it seems to me that in many cases, pain levels that prohibit a person from doing activities of daily living are more a result of a physician who will not manage pain successfully rather than a doctor who cannot. I truly believe that almost all pain can be managed - not cured and most likely the cause will never even be figured out...but as a symptom almost all pain can be treated; if a doc is willing to accept that sometimes a cause will forever remain a mystery.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting question! I take mine on a different schedule; my Kadian is every 12 where as my Percocet and Robaxin are every 6. So at 6:am I take my first round; 2 Kadian (100mgs) 1 Percocet, 1 Lexipro, 1 Celebrex and 2 Robaxin. Then 6 hours later at 12pm I take two more Robaxin and a Percocet. Plus in between there I have done two rounds of my compound cream on either side of my back. At 6pm on the dot I take 2 Robaxin, 2 Kadian, 1 Percocet, 1 Celebrex those are my night meds. Then at around 8:30 or 9:00pm I take my bed time meds which consists of 1 Tamizapim, 1 Lunesta and 2 Topamax. Rub the cream on my back and within 15 minutes I am out like a light until around 4 am when I am wide awake and in the living room writing to you all LOL!

This is effective as it brings my pain down a bit, but the last few days my pain has been increased with my stress levels being out of wack (ie. quitting smoking date nearing...the move and all that comes with that) and understandably I will settle down once things are back to normal.


HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain


Kadian, Lexipro, Percocet, Temazapim, Lunista, and Robaxin.

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   Posted 8/29/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
wow!! Thank you guys so much for sharing with me all that information. Sometimes I feel like i'm doing nothing but waiting till my next dosages and just relying on these pills and just wondering if anyone else is doing the same thing. i'm not suppose to be on any kind of extended release type pill since my digestive system wouldn't react well according to my doctors.
thank you again to you both for sharing so much, that means a lot!
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