How do you manage the pain during the days??

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LBJ
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   Posted 8/30/2009 12:14 AM (GMT -7)   
My crohn's is flared and so are my joints. The pain of course is getting worse
and worse.  I'm waiting to go on Cimzia for the first time but doc said it would
be a few weeks as it takes a little bit to go through insurance.  So last week I
went to see my Rhemie looking for a bridge to help with this pain until I can get
going on the Cimzia.  He gave me that 7 day steriod pack and it isn't even touching
the pain and swelling in my joints so thats a waste.  But he also gave me
Tramadol.  It is helping to take the edge off at night so that's a plus.  However,
that stuff makes me very sleepy so I'm not going to be able to take this stuff
during the days during the week and function still at work.  Unless of course
I don't go to work which if I don't get on the Cimzia soon, that might be
happening.  My joints are getting worse as the days/weeks are going on.  I'm
about ready to go doc and say look, if you don't me on this stuff soon, I'm going
to be in a wheelchair. Seriously.  I can barely walk now as it is. cry
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
 
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Tramadol for the pain
                               *Waiting to go on Cimzia                      
No Surgeries
 


Zanne
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   Posted 8/30/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes the drowsy affects wear off after a few days, so you might be able to take it, take a few days off, and then re-evaluate the situation. Or you could try splitting a pill in half to see if that would take the edge off the pain without causing drowsiness. Last option I have is to call the doctor, explain that the pills are working, but that you can't go to work. He may have another option to give you that wouldn't cause such drowsiness.
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Nanners
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   Posted 8/30/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I take 1/2 tab of Percoset for my pain. I don't take a whole one, not because it makes me drowsy, but because more than 1/2 upsets my guts. I will be honest sometimes that doesn't really help only to take the edge off as you said. I agree with Zanne, they usually stop making you really drowsy after a couple of days. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
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LBJ
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   Posted 8/30/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I never thought of spliting it so thank you. I will give that a try. Yeah I might be calling doc
this week. I applied for FMLA at work already just in case so I have it.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
 
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Tramadol for the pain
                               *Waiting to go on Cimzia                      
No Surgeries
 


medchrt1
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   Posted 8/30/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Narcotics, in general, will slow the bowel, example is codeine (such as tylenol with codeine). The problem is moreso to get the doc to prescribe it because narcotics can be addictive . But you received a pain med, but have the side issue of drowsiness. I have seen pain management posts here so theres more meds that Ive seen..do search through the posts for an alternative and ask to change. Perhaps also ask for lomotil which has numbing affect on bowel. The joint pain is likely the result of crohns. If you find that your GI doesnt address your pain issue, nor does your arthritis doc, then go to your primary doc, but explain as you did here about drowsiness and need for alternative to the doctor who prescribed the pain med, perhaps they will change it to one that is effective during the day.

LBJ
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   Posted 8/30/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you medchrt1. I tried splitting it in half this afternoon and it still made me sleepy but didn't
take the pain edge off as well. I will give it a few days and if the sleepiness doesn't settle down I
will let doc know and see if he can't give me something better for during the day.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
 
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Tramadol for the pain
                               *Waiting to go on Cimzia                      
No Surgeries
 

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