How to get pain meds?

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   Posted 1/18/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been pretty much flaring up since July. I am in severe pain for at least half the day, almost everyday. I am in so much pain, but none of my doctors seem to want to do anything about it. How do I get the pain relief I need? I can't take another day filled with pain. I would rather knock myself out with a baseball bat or something, just so I don't have to be awake and dealing with the pain. That would probably make things worse when i woke up though, lol. Anyway, what can I do?
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure. ~George Melton~"

Current Meds include:Colazal, Prednisone, Nexium and Remicade

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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I NEVER ask my GI for any kind of pain meds. I think alot of them don't believe in giving them. I always go to my primary care doctor for all my pain meds. If they still won't give them to you ask for an immediate referral to a pain mgmt doctor. Good luck I hope you get some relief soon.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   


I would be interested to hear from the members on this one as I know some Docs give out Rx for pain meds easily and others do not believe in use of  the narcotics ........

Also on a scale of 1-10 with 10 the worse pain you have ever had, what is your pain number?  Just curious, you of course do not need to share that info. :)

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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI doc prescribes me Vicodin ES, I only see him once every four months or so, but when I run out, I just call in a refill to my pharmacy, they check with his office, and there is never a problem.

I have heard that some GI's would rather have the primary prescribe the pain meds. But I agree with Nanners, if they won't prescribe you anything, I would request a pain management referral.

In my case, anyone who takes a peek at my rear can see that I am obviously in pain (due to the fistulas that are so pervasive down there! arghh!) but not all patients are in the same boat as me.

I just don't get how a doctor can be so afraid to prescribe pain meds to someone with a Chronic Illness? it seems so cruel!

ask for the referrral, if they don't want to give you one, appeal thru your insurance company.
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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My pain usually tops out at around an 8. It is better in the mornings most of the time, and by the time I get home from school I can hardly move. All I want is relief.
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing - peace is the measure. ~George Melton~"

Current Meds include:Lialda, Prednisone, Canasa, and Zofran

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   Posted 1/18/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
My pain is always worse starting at about 2:00 in the afternoon, getting really bad by evening. My PCP hands out pain meds for me easy, even though I hate taking any pills! I hope you get relief soon. You should not have to suffer any more than you already are...

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   Posted 1/18/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My gi gave me darvocet for when I get really bad headaches. I went to see her with some bleeding and I had taken ibuprofen for about a week....I know, I know...don't lecture me, but tylenol wasn't doing a darn thing! I don't have abdominal pain, because I have mainly rectal issues. But I didn't even have to ask for the darvocet, she gladly gave it to me. :)

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   Posted 1/18/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
My gi offered me vicodin when I 1st started seeing him, but I turned them down. It works the opposite on me, makes the pain worse, I become so high strung on it, its like taking speed, nasty drug for me. I actually ended up w/pm dr for various other problems too. My PCP started me on Fentanyl patches till I got into pm dr. Susie

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   Posted 1/18/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I was given Vicodin by my GI, but like straydog, I didn't like it either...just made me dizzy and worse abdominal pain. I take .25 mg Xanax at night to counteract the Prednisone, but it does seem to help calm the cramping...maybe the anti-anxiety effect calms things down. I won't take it in the daytime though because it makes me too tired. My GI is not adverse to prescribing whatever he thinks I need, I think it must be the individual discretion of each physician, and not necessarily GI's vs. PCP.
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007
currently taking Pentasa 2750 mg- 9pills/day and on and off Prednisone for flares

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   Posted 1/18/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   

I am glad to hear most of you are getting pain med or something to help you rest when you on steroids.  I have found that it is very dependent on the physician.

Trazadone is another med that works well for sleep and is not a narcotic or benzo. 

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   Posted 1/18/2008 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I have pain but I usually don't which is aggravating. It hurts about 5 or 6/10. As a nurse I know that pain is sujective and sometimes chronic pains can be worse than acute(nuthin cute about it!)
So if I needed something, I would ask but it would take ALOT for me to do so because I hate pain pills and all pills (unless they are for someone else)
Hope everyone cares enough for themselves to self advocate, because if we leave it up to the doctors or anyone else we will not get the help we need.
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   Posted 1/19/2008 4:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi my GI doctor gives me vicodin when I need them.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 1/19/2008 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I can get T3's with no problems because it helps with the pain and the big D.
Crohns for 11 years
1 surgery so far
2 times in hospital for blockages
B12 Injections

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