Pain Medication Dependance

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WantRelief
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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that Crohn's disease is a painful disease.  I know a lot of people take some type of pain medication to get through their day.  Are you ever worried that you are dependant on medication?  I know that their is no cure for Crohn's disease but it is a scarey thought to be dependant on a medication.  I have taken vicodin on and off since diagnosis for those really bad days but getting hooked on them is a thought that really bothers me.  I'm just looking for opinions and thoughts of those who have been dealing with the same issues.  Thanks!

MAG102886
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   Posted 12/4/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI is a firm believer in if there is pain then there is a problem, and he would rather fix the problem then to write a script.  There are times I was to strangle him because I want pain meds so badly, but in the big picture I'm glad he is like that...I don't want to have to depend on pain meds my whole life...or at least not at my age yet.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
Current Meds: Cimzia, Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: Nov. 20th to Take Down Abdominal Fistula!!!
 

lilcrohnieUK
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   Posted 12/4/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I take codeine which although is a painkiller I don't use it for that purpose I use it for bowel control. If I ever have a day where I actually don't have loose stools I don't take it and don't think twice about it (usually means that the next day my bowel control is terrible though if I ever skip a day taking it) but it does reassure me that I can take the odd day off so its not a mental dependence and should the day come where they figure out how to slow down my bowels without opiates I'm confident I could come off it quickly. I just hate that I have a high tolerance to pain meds because of it, I'd love to be able to reduce it!
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 12/4/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on some kind of pain med for years. I only take a 1/2 tab 3 times a day as needed. Luckily if I don't use I don't have any probs, but I have had problems after my resections as I was on them round the clock.

But some of us also have arthritic conditions related to the Crohns that requires pain meds no matter what.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
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.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

xraygrrl
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   Posted 12/4/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I take vicodin & I'm always worried about addiction. I come from a family of addicts & I've always stayed away from drinking, etc. It really helps slow down my guts & reduces my BM's to about 4 a day. I had been taking 1/2 a tablet 3 x a day but ever since I had to come off the Remicade, my pain has increased & I've taken more. I don't want to be addicted but it truly makes my life better.

Zanne
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   Posted 12/4/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
There is addiction and tolerance, and they are completely different issues. This is one of my hot button topics. A true drug addict gets a high when they take their drug of choice, be it a narcotic, alcohol, sex or whatever. An addict will suffer if they do with out their drug of choice. Someone who has a drug tolerance simply needs more of the drug to achieve the same level of relief due to repeated exposure to the drug.

I have pain most days from my Crohn's. I don't usually wake up with pain, but over the course of the day my pain level increases. I eat, I get pain. This is an on going problem if I would like to continue to live as a somewhat normal human being and not resort to liquid nutrition or other extreme measures. So most days I need some form of pain medication and have for several years. Because I have built up a tolerance to pain medication I need a higher dose than I needed when I was first diagnosed. However, I do not get a high when I take my pain medication, I simply get a slight relief of my pain symptom. I can go days or weeks with out taking any pain medication with out suffering any adverse effects. If I don't have pain, I don't take any pain medication. I don't believe that a tolerance is an addiction. This is why I am a huge believer in going to a pain management clinic. They are experts in finding the right medication for your type of pain, making sure that the medications are not abused and that everything is above board. GIs are just not familiar enough with pain to treat it. They want to cure the problem not the symptom, but that can take a lifetime, and I am not willing to live my life in pain.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Nanners
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   Posted 12/4/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Very well said Zanne!!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
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.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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