Post Edited (KeepHope) : 3/8/2009 12:18:45 AM (GMT-7)
I totally understand your concern about taking narcotics. I have been on them for over 20 years, for fibromyalgia and I can tell you that never, NOT ONCE, did I ever abuse them or feel that I was becoming addicted to them. Am I dependent on them? Yes, definitely...they are what help me to function daily. I work an "almost" full time job (medical transcriptionist from home office, so I can schedule my hours according to my day), and I have three dogs, who I exercise "just about" every day. Without Vicoprofen, as I said, I would not be able to function, the pain would simply be too intense. Before Vicoprofen, I was on Vicodin. Those are the only two I have tried. I've been on Vicoprofen since it came out, which was better than 8 years ago, can't remember exactly, and the dosage is the same for me. I do take it daily, about every 4 hours to keep pain levels at a minimum. I was told a long time ago by a pain specialist you should wait until the pain is too bad, because then muscles tighten and it also affects you emotionally.
As far as narcotics NOT working for fibromyaglia? I beg to differ. Just run a search on-line on opioids and fibromyalgia and see all the studies that have been done and have shown how successful they are.
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, microdiskectomy C5/C6, bulging disks L3/L4, compressed nerve L5/S1, disc compression L5/S1, IBS, hypothyroidism (now FINALLY well controlled) Also angioplasty, and angiogram, high bp, well controlled, high chol, now normal, well controlled
MT Lady,I am with you there. I take narcotics, and I don't abuse them. Substance abuse runs in my family, so I am very careful with my meds. I'm not addicted to them, but, like you, I am dependant on them. I am supposed to take my every four hours, but I can't because that would only give me a 15 day supply and I have to make them last a month. I think that if people are careful with narcotics, then they can be very helpful. My lortabs are very helpful to me. But I don't abuse them.
I'm glad you brought this up. I have been having migraines on top of increased pain recently and I struggle with what to take and when. I worry that I'll build an immunity to my pain killer (currently Tremadol). I take it on an as needed basis, however, I often chase the pain, because I don't take it in time. Yesterday I had a migrain and pain... I started out taking two tremadol, four hours later an imatrex and then another imatrex later that day and the next. My migrain sort of took over and my fibro pain took up less of my attention. However, nothing works well. I do admit I sleep well with clanazopam (never could spell).
I feel very willy nilly about my medication. I really should find a way to be consistant, I fear building an immunity mostly so I reserve meds for really bad times. I think I live with far too much pain and then have horrible times of trying to bring myself out of it.
The strange thing is I usually feel ok at work, I work 7:30 until 2:00, but I run for a nap if at all possible right after and when that doesn't happen, because family and life, I'm awful at night. I skip eating and lots of life for a nap.