Experience with morphine?

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Abol76
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   Posted 3/22/2010 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all due to the immense pain i'm in the dr has prescribed me morphine. I've got it in liquid form. First dose low then gradually build up to what I need. Going back weds as it'll be apparent by then how much I need so will then be given it in slow release pill form. Just interested in other peoples experiences of this? Thanks!
Arthritis, GORD, IBS, PCOS, Neurosarcoid, Hypothyroidism, psoriasis, mental health issues, BIH, high blood pressure and high blood pressure. . . Methotrexate injections, folic acid, Prednisolone, Alendronic Acid, Adcal D3, Co Dydramol, Tramadol, Lansoprazole, Domperidone, Norethisterone, Metformin, Levothyroxine, Amitriptyline, Sertraline/lustral/Zoloft, buspirone/buspar, Carbamazapine/Tegratol, Risperidone/Risperdal, Melatonin, Lisinopril, Atorvastatin ". . . but hey, Tomorrow is another day!" :-)


snobrdgrl321
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   Posted 3/22/2010 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi & Welcome!

Everyone is different. So that is a big difference on the results of the new med.

Personally, for me, moraphine does not work at all.
I mean litterally, there is ZERO releife with it for me.
When I had surgery, they switched me to dalaudid.

But, like I said, everyone is different and what works for one, may not work for another.
Good Luck!!
Donna
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catahoula
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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
another "no morphine" here. It just doesn't seem to do a thing for me. After my last surgery I came out in so much pain and the nurse said "but I already gave you 5 shots"..it did nothing, nor does fast acting release Oxy IR,long lasting release ( avandia,opana-er, oxy-er, and others), they just don't seem to do a thing.
Every drug is individual. I wish you good luck and hope it works for you.
Cata
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MsBunky
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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on high doses of morphine for almost a year, starting back in 2006. I didn't get the best after-care but I could tell I was slowly building up a resistance to it in my body. It got to the point that no matter how high the dose, it didn't resolve my pain...plus i started suffering from the after effects.

It's not a drug I want to be on again...too many nasty side effects for me (including constant dizziness, numbness, twitching, etc.

Pam
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
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Blessedx8
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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Abol...

I've been on high-levels of morphine, off/on, for 6 years. It DOES work for me, with the least side effects of any medications. As you can tell from reading the other responses, it's really hard to tell how a medication is going to work for you individually. I sure hope it works for you, though.

I've been on just about every pain medication out there. I do use Dilaudid (hydromorphone) as a breakthrough medication; and I have oral fentanyl (Actiq) for when things are really bad. But the morphine sulfate works the best for me - in terms of pain control and minimal side effects. For instance, oxycontin works well pain-wise for me...but I had to get off of it due to the side effects. Mostly sweating like crazy!! That being said, IV morphine doesn't work at all for me...probably due to my tolerance w/ the oral meds. For IV pain control, I have to do Dilaudid.

Well, I hope you can make sense of my rather confusing post. But I did want to write, just to say that there are people that morphine works well for. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask! Otherwise, I really hope you get some relief w/ this medication!

--Tina
Main Health Problems: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; Severe Vitamin D Deficiency

Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial (Sept, 2008); awaiting my decision for implantation


Abol76
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   Posted 3/22/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Tina! That's made me think now there is hope :-) XXX
Arthritis, GORD, IBS, PCOS, Neurosarcoid, Hypothyroidism, psoriasis, mental health issues, BIH, high blood pressure and high blood pressure. . . Methotrexate injections, folic acid, Prednisolone, Alendronic Acid, Adcal D3, Co Dydramol, Tramadol, Lansoprazole, Domperidone, Norethisterone, Metformin, Levothyroxine, Amitriptyline, Sertraline/lustral/Zoloft, buspirone/buspar, Carbamazapine/Tegratol, Risperidone/Risperdal, Melatonin, Lisinopril, Atorvastatin ". . . but hey, Tomorrow is another day!" :-)


ekkorose
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   Posted 3/22/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I am on a new morphine drug called Embeda and it does an OK job, I still need my breakthrough drugs a lot more then I would like but at least I am not as out of it as I was with methadone. I guess I would give morphine a 7 on the scale of 1-10 (10 being best) of things that help with my pain.

Hysterectomy at 25 : 4 laproscopic surgeries since 24

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Jim1969
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   Posted 3/22/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on 15mg of Morphine Sulphate (tablets) every 6 hours as needed for a couple of years and it worked well for me. The dose did not take me down to a zero or 1 on the pain scale but it took me down to a 3 or so for several hours which helped a lot. The only problem I had with it was that it started messing with my memory after about 6 months to a year and got worse.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.


Stella Marie
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   Posted 3/22/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a combine of Morphine and baclofen in my pump. The Morphine has done a fantastic job for me. I have had better pain control with Morphine verses that with Fentanyl Patches. I do use Dilaudid fir break through pain. I am lucky if I go through 30 tablets of Dilaudid 4 mg per month, My PM is willing to Rx up to 120 tablets is I find I need them.

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Abol76
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   Posted 3/22/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everso much everyone. I took half spoon 5mg at 3pm and all it did was make me feel drunk. Took whole spoon at 7pm and it helped ease pain to tolerable for 3hrs but is now back with a vengence. Will take 1 1/2 spoons 15mg in 10mins at 11pm so i'll see how that dose goes. If not great can go up to 2 spoons 20mg after that.
Arthritis, GORD, IBS, PCOS, Neurosarcoid, Hypothyroidism, psoriasis, mental health issues, BIH, high blood pressure and high blood pressure. . . Methotrexate injections, folic acid, Prednisolone, Alendronic Acid, Adcal D3, Co Dydramol, Tramadol, Lansoprazole, Domperidone, Norethisterone, Metformin, Levothyroxine, Amitriptyline, Sertraline/lustral/Zoloft, buspirone/buspar, Carbamazapine/Tegratol, Risperidone/Risperdal, Melatonin, Lisinopril, Atorvastatin ". . . but hey, Tomorrow is another day!" :-)


Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/22/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Abol,

I am pretty new to the boards myself...so welcome!!!

My Dr. and I have worked a few years on finding a good combo of meds that work for my pain level to keep them at a 5 to 6 most days...This is really what most of us with chronic pain can expect as a med is not supposed to take away all the pain...

As well as adding things like a nerve pain med, anti-d, sleep med...(Ambien has been a life saver for me!!) It truly helps me feel less pain each day and deal with it better..as well as get to stage 4 sleep which repairs the immune system...
Aqua therapy, yoga, exercise daily (walking with dog), cognitive behavioral therapy, kiniseology, vitamin supplements, goind all organic with food..this has helped me tremendously with energy and tummy issues!!!etc..

It's really about a combo of modalities to attack the pain from all angels as one thing alone never does the trick..

I also like having the greatest control over my meds...in the fact that my prescription is written to take up to a certain amount each day which most days I don't need..but I can for bad days without having to call Dr. each time...

I take the MSContin (Morphine Sulfate extended release) 30mg every 12 hours..but also have a script for MS Contin 15mg..and can take up to 2 of these a day if needed...as well as Oxy IR 5mg for Break Through pain, up to 8 in a 24 hr. period...

Again..I hardly ever take all of those but have the flexibility to if doing a lot of extra activities..

I actually used to take Oxycontin when I had insurance but it's way too expensive without a generic but think the morphine actually works quite well..took a few months to have the side effects go away...So I always encourage people that if they are not experiencing something life threatening...to give a new medicine at LEAST a month or so...

I am actually friends with my PM Dr. outside of our appts. as I've been going there for over 4 years now...and we talk a lot about his job and what he sees each day..(not anything specific to break HIPPA rules)..just generic things about Pain Mgmt.

Sorry to ramble....it's a rainy day...LOL...

I wish you luck with finding the right medicine combo as well as other modalities to help you with your pain...it sounds like you have a caring Dr. willing to work with you..

Take care


SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 


Abol76
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   Posted 3/22/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi snowbunny! Thank you for your kind, informative and helpful reply! My condition is Arthritis. I take daily walks and every 2-3 days do seated exercise. I take various supplements but have to be careful with vitamins, because i'm on immuno suppressants (Methotrexate injections) and vitamins boost your immune system. I'm currently not working due to my condition but try to do something however small every day. What you said makes alot of sense. Thank you! X
Arthritis, GORD, IBS, PCOS, Neurosarcoid, Hypothyroidism, psoriasis, mental health issues, BIH, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. . . Methotrexate injections, folic acid, Prednisolone, Alendronic Acid, Adcal D3, Morphine, Lansoprazole, Domperidone, Norethisterone, Metformin, Levothyroxine, Amitriptyline, Sertraline/lustral/Zoloft, buspirone/buspar, Carbamazapine/Tegratol, Risperidone/Risperdal, Melatonin, Lisinopril, Atorvastatin ". . . but hey, Tomorrow is another day!" :-)


Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/22/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sure that is really painful in all your joints!...Can you get to an indoor..or outdoor pool at all? I would think that would not only feel good but be great on your joints to keep them from getting so stiff...

It sounds like you are doing a lot of good things to help manage your pain and just need to find a good combo of the pain meds to help out...
 
My Dr. first put me on the MS Contin 60mg 3 times a day as well as the other meds...but it was just too much for me as even though it would be nice to have less pain..I just don't like to be too fuzzy and want to always take the least amount possible each day since this is a life long issue...

I was just told by my Dr. that I need to go on disability...so that is a new challenge to go through...are you on that as well? Or just taking time off to get your pain levels to a manageable place?....

Glad that you joined us on this board:)


SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 


Kolitis
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   Posted 2/9/2012 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Morphine is a WONDER DRUG!!! I was in the ER yesterday for a colitis/pyoderma/joint pain flare-up. I was basically hobbling in the door, barely able to put weight on my left leg, colon was cramping and joints aching. 4 hrs later after IV fluids, medrol and 2 doses of morphine administered thru the IV....I walk out feeling NO PAIN! Even today, I am pain-free...I'm sure there is some residual morphine in my system along with the steroids but wow, I feel sooooooo much better!
King Kolitis

male, 42.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 1996.

Diagnosed with Pyoderma Gangrenosum 2002.

Asacol 400mg x 8 per day.

Low Fiber/Low Residue Diet works best for me.

I take plenty of supplements as well.

Hound-Dog
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   Posted 2/9/2012 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on fairly large doses of pain meds for over twelve years.I've been tested on dilaudid,fentanyl,and oxycontin but I always end up back at long lasting morphine for my base med and oxycodone for break-thru.Sadly pain management is a test and see sort of thing.I can't take the side effects from long term high dose dilaudid,fentanyl or oxycontin.I'm allowed up to 60mg of oxycodone for breakthru but somedays can get by on 40mgs.My Dr. is aware that I can end up with extras and tells me to take an extra 20mgs. if I need it.Take care and I hope your Dr. and you can find the right remedy for you pain.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 2/9/2012 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Just FYI to Hound Dog and Kolitis...this thread is from 2010....So it would be great to continue this discussion by posting a new thread if you would like about Morphine or any questions anyone may have...
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

NiNi53
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   Posted 2/9/2012 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, nini53 here, I have been taking extended release morphine 60mg 4xday, it was 3xday, I had been at 3xday for about 5 years and they worked great, but being that I had been on that dose for so long I asked my pm doc to increase it to 4xday, she did and now again all is well.  I also take percocet 10mg as needed for bt pain.
 
This regimen has worked well for me and I have not had any problems with the extended release morphine, before I was given the morphine I had been taking methadone 10mg 4xday, and although they were working great, the stigma behind methadone made my then doctor stop the methadone and go on the morphine.  At the time this change was made, I was very angry with that doctor, but having been off the methadone for such a long time now, and as the morphine is working great, I no longer see that pm doctor(and I use the term "doctor" loosley) as he and his wife partner were more interested in cash then treatment.  I now have a wonderful pm doctor, and stayed with the morphine as it was working well.
 
Take care and good luck to you,
Kathy
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson
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