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Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 3/3/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, I am having so much pain and have moreso since Saturday. I'm having headaches that are torturous, my neck from the Syringomyelia and 4 ruptured discs are terribly painful. Then I've got a tear in my rotator cuff and put it all together with some very major stress from a very mentally ill child and I've got this recipe for feeling depressed and in this horrible pain. One thing I really want to know, I'm on Oxycodone (Roxicodone is the generic name/no acetaminophen).  I've dealt with ulcers before and on Friday, I started throwing up with that tell tale sign of a little blood in it. My dr upped my dosage for ulcers, but I've got heartburn and my pulse rate is between 97 and 113 from just walking up and down a flight of stairs. My question would be, is there anyone else who has had these "side effects" from Roxicodone? I just wonder if that's what's causing the headaches, heartburn etc.?? Thanks for any answer I get! I really need some sound feedback and of course I will contact my pm dr who put me on the meds one way or another.  I know you aren't drs, but you do have experience with medications, so what do you all think??
Thank you,
Cat(z4)

I'm called Cat, but as there are few other Cat's on here, I put the number of cats I have and combined it to spell out Catz4
DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.
 
 


Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/3/2010 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cat...

So sorry to hear about all the pain that you have been having more recently...it really is tough when it all builds up with issue after issue...and of course the stress with your children must be very difficult to cope with altogether...

I said that to my Dr. yesterday...that I have gotten used to my 5-6 on the pain scale daily...but add in one extra thing..and it just makes me curl up in a ball and cry:(...

I would call your Dr. pretty quickly about your stomach issue...but usually the Roxi being a straight opiate shouldn't have that type of reaction...
and if you have the tiny amount of blood..I am thinking that whatever it is has maybe been building up over the last weeks/months...you just switched from something that had acetaminophen, right? or have you been taking any type of anti-inflammatory? those certainly can cause ulcers...

I know that the thinking these days is that it is caused by h-pylori...so if you have dealt with these before...I would think your Dr. can put you back on a round of antibiotics and medicine for the nausea..

Not sure if your Dr. has upped your actual dosage of medicine in mgs from what you were on before...but Oxycodone can give you a headache when doing that but usually subsides within a week or two...

VERY important to drink lots and lots of water...Opiates are so dehydrating so we need much more than when we were medicine free...this can also cause headaches..

I am sending some hugs and prayers your way (())...you have so much on your plate...but try to take time out for yourself to see the Dr. and REST....because if mom/wife isn't well..then the family falls apart!!! (no offense guys:)
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MIKEL99
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   Posted 3/3/2010 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Cat , Man I am so very sorry to hear my good friend is having trouble !! As for oxicodone I was taking it to supplement my Oxicontin and percocet .I didn't get very good results with it pain wise but I got no other bad effect either .I have since stopped using the oxicodone and I don't recognize any detramental effects there . I hope you feel better .
HIV+ also Hep c , need hip replacement surgery on hold because of unknown but cellulitus-like ailment  .most pain from hip condition and cellulitus-like ailment .hands numb may have carpal tunnel syndrome now . Great frustration because doctors unable to diagnos ailment              .Medecines - Oxycontin , percocet , Oxycondone , Celelbrex ,Avalox , lasix .


PAlady
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   Posted 3/4/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Catz4,
I know it may be hard, but please try to remember the rest of us are tired and stressed and have our own issues, and somedays I only have the energy to respond to a few posts. It's nothing personal. And I guess what you were asking was something I felt only your doctor could help you with. There are too many symptoms there for us to sort out, and even if it was just medication we're all so different in how medications affect us that I tend to steer away from sharing experiences about that. But I also haven't been on that particular medication.

I do think seeing blood when you're having blood in your vomit you need to see a doctor to help you sort out your GI issues along with your pain. I'm not sure if that particular medication can cause bleeding, but you've got other things going on that can. In short, it's pretty complicated IMHO so that's why I didn't respond.

I know you've got a lot going on and the stress certainly does make everything worse. My memory is so bad these days I can't remember everyone's story here so I apologize for that - but are you seeing a therapist to help you with all this? I think I remember you were just starting out on that road....but I don't know if my memory is accurate. I'm doing the best I can, which is far from perfect these days.

But try not to take it personally - I know that may be hard - when you don't get a lot of responses. I can only speak for myself, but I wasn't sure I had anything to offer re: the medication question.

PaLady
p.s. I'm glad you spoke up, though, because now maybe people will see you were also looking for support.

Hound-Dog
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   Posted 3/4/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I take morphine and oxycodone for pain and two drugs for gastric problems.One is a 24hr dose and the other is an almost instant release pump inhibitor like Zantac.Another reason that I sometimes get really bad,blood throwing up heartburn is because I 'm not moving my bowels fast enough and have I to increase my laxatives to solve the problem.I hope you feel better soon and may God bless you.

Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 3/4/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you PaLady, as I said, I think I'm just feeling sorry for myself as is quite evident. I'm am actually embarrassed that I let my self pity out on this wonderful forum. I truthfully was just venting about my own life and in that, I needed to blame. I was wrong. To all you wonderful people, I thank you for the time you have spent with me and the information and caring shown by each of you. I have seen my doctor and after all the many years of ulcers, he believes this is what is going on and I haven't had a show of blood since that day. I have found a doctor to do surgery on my shoulder and believe in him both personally and professionally.
Thanks Everyone,
Catz4
I'm called Cat, but as there are few other Cat's on here, I put the number of cats I have and combined it to spell out Catz4
DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.
 
 


Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 3/4/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, first of all, Mikel as always thank you. Snow, your concern and compassion are unbelievable. And Hound Dog, THAT is exactly what I was hoping for in an answer. Since starting the Oxycodone, I've had trouble with my bowels which have scar tissue from previous problems and what you said just front door of my Endochronologist on next Thursday. He upped my Protonix by a pill. Just let me say again, how important you're imput was to me!
Cat(z4)
I'm called Cat, but as there are few other Cat's on here, I put the number of cats I have and combined it to spell out Catz4
DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.
 
 


skeye
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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cat,

Sorry for not responding sooner, but I had a big midterm this morning, so I didn't have time to respond to everyone's posts last night.

I don't know anything much about the side effects of oxycodone as I never experienced any unusual side effects when I was taking it, but vomiting blood sounds rather scary to me. I am surprised that you are having such a bad reaction though since you were taking percocet prior. Maybe it is a coincidence, or maybe the increase is just too much for your body to handle. Either way, I do hope that the Protonix does the trick.

I'm glad that you found a surgeon to take a look at that shoulder of yours.

Feel better!

hugs,
Skeye

Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 3/5/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Well here’s a little update. I definitely have an ulcer and it contributed to the blood as I was throwing up quite a bit. The shoulder dr needs a referral from my pm dr and she hasn’t returned my call now 72 hours later. I had so many issues going on during the initial post that I was just a mess. What I really wanted to say was for me, -stress and additional pain go hand in hand-. Is that the typical response for pain and stress among the rest of you? It seems that when I’m especially stressed, I can be certain that my pain level it going to rise. Does that happen to you? The other thing about my medicine was that I simply was on a new med that my body had to adjust to. It now works fairly well though I believe it would be better used as a break through medication. Thank you all for your concern and your helpful advice. I would love to know you all and hope one day we can have some kind of a get together!
Take care,
Cat(z4)
I'm called Cat, but as there are few other Cat's on here, I put the number of cats I have and combined it to spell out Catz4
DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.
 
 


White Beard
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   Posted 3/5/2010 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Catz4

You are right as far as stress increasing pain, for most people that is just about a given! You are as normal as the the rest of us when it comes to that! That in its self can cause a vicious circle, pain can cause stress stress can cause more pain, more pain can increase the stress, and round and round it goes! Catz are on Oxycodone for long term pain relief? If so how often do you have to take it, usually if you need it for long term use, they usually put you on Oxycontin, as that only has to be taken every 8 or 12 hours and then the regular low dose Oxycdodone is given for break through pain. I know for a long time I was on Vicoprofen, and that is very hard on the stomach as it has Ibuprofen in it! With having UC my new Doctor at the time told me I was taking to much of it and he started me on Oxycontin, it made a big difference!

I agree with you wouldn't it be great if we could have some kind of reunion or something! A pain convention or something!

White Beard

Retired Mom
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   Posted 3/6/2010 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Catz4,

I so hope you are feeling better today. The things you have been suffering from lately are so intense and I believe intense pain (accute) is very different than CP, which you (an all of us) have as well. I know that when I suffer from something accute, it makes the cp much worse in every way. I can only assume it does the same to you.

I have no answers for you, only well wishes and prayers.

I wish you all the best and hope today is a better day for you!
DDD, CPS, TLIF L5-S1 2009 (failed), FIBRO, MINEYER'S (SP?), MIGRAINES, GERD, NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION (failed), GAD, DEPRESSION, EXTREME ANXIETY DISORDER, OCD, PSTD, CHRONIC MUSCLE SPASMS, HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY, VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY and much, much more...


Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 3/6/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Every day seems a hard day lately. White Beard, you asked if I was on the Oxycodone for long term pain relief and the answer is I think so. My husband asked about giving me something that is extended release and she said no. She said we’d try the Oxycodone for a month and sees what happens. I’m on Oxycodone 15mg every 6 hours. I lose it at about 3 ½ to 4 hours. I certainly don’t expect the pain to be gone by any stretch, but I had hoped it would help more. Retiredmom, I’ll agree that what is going on right now is about the torn rotator cuff, and without going into great detail, the dr I am seeing is all the sudden seeing only that and I guess it’s about it being the most intense pain that she can deal with. I’ve still got the Syringomyelia and it isn’t going away, but it’s almost like slamming a hammer down on your finger to get rid of a migraine! Which one are you going to focus more on?? I guess the finger for a few minutes. Anyway, I’m no closer to figuring this out that I was last week. There is so much more going on which includes this illness and some that doesn’t that I feel the stress is making everything else intensify. Thank you all for the support which is what I need more than anything right now and also the answer to my question as I was wondering if it was just me and apparently it isn’t. Thanks to all,
Cat(z4)
I'm called Cat, but as there are few other Cat's on here, I put the number of cats I have and combined it to spell out Catz4
DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.
 
 


skeye
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   Posted 3/6/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Cat,

I find that pain & stress absolutely go hand in hand. Pain makes stress worse and stress makes pain worse just like pain makes depression worse and depression makes pain worse, and lack of sleep makes pain worse and pain makes sleep worse. It's just one of those lovely vicious cycles that we have to deal with as CPers.

hugs,
Skeye

Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 3/6/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   
You couldn't be more right on Skeye! I don't sleep much either no matter how many types of medication I've taken to get some sleep! The crazy thing about depression for me is that I have been on pretty much every single anti depressant and it really doesn't work! The two that did work for a while were Lexapro which I had some success until I seemed to plateau after going up to 20 mgs. and Cymbalta which caused severe constipation and in the end a ruptured colon. Since then, my psychiatrist has used other drugs to treat my moods without the addition of anti depressants. Yes, I also agree that is another issue in itself. I must say again that though I really feel for all of us who are going through such vicious cycles, I would not wish all this on anyone! Just a little relief at this point would be wonderful.
Take care all of you who have stepped up to support each other and the genuine concern we all have towards each other.
Cat(z4)
I'm called Cat, but as there are few other Cat's on here, I put the number of cats I have and combined it to spell out Catz4
DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.
 
 


skeye
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   Posted 3/6/2010 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Cat, I'm the same way with antidepressants (and many other meds). We just found out that it is because I lack several functioning liver enzyme pathways. If this med doesn't work for the depression then I am out of options & will have to look into trying something like electroconvulsive therapy. My doctors have never seen anyone as resistant to meds as me, so I can relate!! The cycle has to break somewhere!

hug,
skeye

Stac/Catz4
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   Posted 3/7/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
Exactly! It's it bizzare how our bodies are all so different? I hope you don't have to have electro shock. I've heard good about it, but it still seems so archaic. I hope for you that you have another route. Because I am BiPolar, they gave me a drug called Lamictale that was absolutely FAB! But of course, my body said "NO" and I had an allergic reation to it. Rash!! I felt better than I have maybe ever (emotionally) during those first two weeks. Anyway, "So are the Days of our Lives" *teehee* I don't even watch soaps! I so hope you will feel better at least as I don't believe many of us ever come through this feeling great.
Take care,
Cat(z4)
I'm called Cat, but as there are few other Cat's on here, I put the number of cats I have and combined it to spell out Catz4
DXed-Syringomyelia C-1 to T-1, Hypothyroidism, Diabetes Type II, IBS, Panic Disorder, ICC , Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Muscle Spasms, Torn Rotator Cuff in Left Shoulder, Had emergency surgery for ruptured bowel in '05 w/colostomy and takedown in '06.
Too many meds to name/Too many allergic reactions/sensitivities to too many drugs to name. Meds for Panic Disorder, Pain, Bipolar, IBS, Hypothroidism, Diabetes, Insomnia and then some.
 
 

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