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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 2/6/2010 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Recently, I have been having a hard time not being on naroctics anymore. At first the Suboxne helped quite a bit, but now it's not helping nearly as much. I wish I could take another try at being on real pain meds. But I just don't think that I can. I feel like all my family would be really disappointed in me if I went back on narcotics. I just don't know what to do. I don't even know if my doctor would go for that. I just don't know. Everyone seems to be so proud of me that I am not on real pain meds. I don't want to let everyone down. I am just having a really hard time with this. I need something that will help more. I just don't know what to do. Please, someone, anyone...I really need some advice on what to do...
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss
 


getting by
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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Sassy,

You have to do what is right for you. You are the one going through the pain. Maybe trying a weak narcotic would be the trick. I take norco and it is a relatively weak one, so I have lots or room to go higher if I need. I was taking six a day when I was working and cut myself back to three a day when I am not. And that works for me.

I hope that you find some relief. And do think of yourself instead of worrying about disappointing others. After all, you are the one experiencing the pain.


Best wishes for you to have a pain free day.

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crazykitty
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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Sassy when I was on Vicoden for almost a year for my back I don't believe I was addictted
physically to the drug but I think I might have been psychologicaly addicted.

I'm wondering if because you are grieving the loss of your dear FIL you feel the need to
go back on the narcotics. Did you just recently feel the need to go back on.

I am no way implying you had an addiction in the first place, but I think when I was on the
vicodin I thought it was helping the anxiety of having pain, mental, emotional & physical.

Hugs, Robin


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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
For a while now, I feel like my Suboxone hasn't been working like it used to. I felt that way before my FIL passed away. I suppose that I feel more this way because of his death, but I don't really think that that is the case. I am just in pain, and I need something to help. The Suboxone just really isn't doing that for me. If I found myself becoming too immune to their effects again, then I would go back on what I am on now. I just feel like right now my current med is just not really helping all that much.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss
 


crazykitty
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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry the Suboxone isn't working for you. You are the one that is hurting and
you know your body better than anyone else. Talk to your doctor and see what there
are for alternatives. I hope you can find relief soon. If you need to go on a narcotic,
don't feel like you are failing anyone. No one is living your pain but you.

Good luck to you! Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 2/6/2010 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Sassy, did you go off the narcotics cause you thought you had a problem or cause your family thought you had a problem??? Have you ever been dxd with an addiction problem???
 
I use vicodin very sparingly cause I know it can be highly addictive and I don't need it all the time. Plus, after taking it one day I seemed to have a lot more anxiety, don't know if it was the vicodin or not but my body was over reacting to everything and that was kinda scary and haven't taken any since.
 
In my opinion you need to discuss this with your doc, not your family, and do what is best for you. They aren't the ones living in a fibro body with a toddler to take care of.
 
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 2/6/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I appreciate the support. Unfortunately, you all don't know my family the way I do. I have been texting with my grandma about this, and she said it wouldn't disappoint her, she just wants me to follow the script. By the time I quit taking my pain meds, I was so immune to them that I had to take more than what was prescribed to me. I hurt a lot of people in my family. I don't want to do that this time. If I see myself going down that track again, then I will go back on the Suboxone. But right now, I need something stronger than this. I need a real pain med. I feel like a failure because I made a promise to my family. I just need to take care of myself. It's been hard recently. My hubby is really discouraged recently. He seems to not feel like doing anything. It seems like it takes him a lot of effort to even help me take care of our son. I worry about him. I try to talk to him about getting into therapy, but it seems like a wall goes up any time I mention it.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss
 


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   Posted 2/6/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
It seems like you are worrying too much about what everybody else thinks and feels. Take care of YOU...

If you feel the meds aren't working when you go back on them, take a drug holiday. Go off of them for a while, they will start to work again. It is hard with narcotics, especially the stronger ones. The body builds up a tolerance and you have to quit taking them for a couple of weeks to get them working again.

Do what is right for you. You are the one in pain. Don't worry about disappointing anybody. I think if they had the pain that you have, they would understand. But they don't, so you just have to take care of yourself. Try the stronger meds again. I bet that they will relieve the pain, for a while anyway. Maybe take less than you are prescribed and when you need more, you wont be exceeding the prescription. There are still stronger meds than percocet. So you have some leeway there. There is oxycontin, morphine and dilaudid. That is the only ones that I know of at this time. You need some help. Don't be afraid to ask for it, especially if your doc has been willing to prescribe before for you.

Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen
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RedDiane
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   Posted 2/6/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Sassy, I took Darvocet for a couple of months, 4-6 a day, and I didn't notice any relief. I also took Vicodin for a few months and was no better. I have read that our opioid receptors in our brains don't work right and lots of times narcotics don't really work on our pain. Just a thought for you to chew over. Diane
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MT Lady
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   Posted 2/6/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Sassy,
My son, who is now 37, has felt for a long time that I have a "drug problem" because I take Vicoprofen. Some of it I think is just him giving me crap, just trying to push my buttons, But man, it hurts. Most of us have spent many many years with our closest family members and friends not understanding what we are going through, the pain we have to deal with day in and day out. I have been on narcotics for 20 years. I've been on Vicoprofen since it was brought onto the market, which was about ten years ago, I think. I am prescribed 5 a day and I have never, ever run out of my prescription. Yes, there have been really bad days where I've taken more, but then I back off on a better day. I've never had to take a break from the medication and I certainly don't feel I am addicted to the drug. Yes, I'm dependent on it, for relief of pain. I am coming to terms realizing that some people just don't understand and they may never will.
My son played football in college, he also wrestled and played rugby. He now is beginning to feel the effects of all those years of sports, in his lower back and shoulders. I hate to say it, but "what comes around, goes around"...don't get me wrong, I wish nothing but happiness for my son, but I think you hear what I'm saying.
If you do not have an addiction problem, then I would definitely see my doctor and talk to him/her about getting back on narcotics. If your family doesn't understand, well, that is their problem. You are the one that has to live with the pain every, single day. You need to do what is right for you.
I wish you well
Miriam

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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 2/6/2010 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I talked with my hubby, and he told me that he has noticed the change in my pain since before his dad died. I never said anything, but he noticed. He thinks it would be good to go back on the narcotics. I think I will have to wait until the nineteenth to see my doctor, but I think I can hang in there until then...at least, I am going to try. I really feel like this is what I need to do. I just hope that he agrees with me and gives me the pain med that I need. I really appreciate all the support I have received here. It means so much to me that you all understand what I am going through and that you don't criticize. Thanks so much. I love you all. *soft hugs to everyone*
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss
 


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   Posted 2/6/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Sassy,

I am glad that you talked to your husband, and I bet you feel better about it now. I hope that you get to see your doctor on the 19th and that you are able to get back on your medications. You need some relief from the pain. I hope that you are able to make it until then, if not, call your doctor and get on the medications sooner.

Best wishes to you. I hope that you are having a good day today.

Hugs, Karen
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Dagger
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   Posted 2/6/2010 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Why does you family even have to know? Don't tell them. Your husband should know but that's it.

You said that you had to take more than was prescribed and you hurt a lot of people in your family. Why would that hurt your family?

Talk to your doc and decide what is best for you. If you get pressure from your family, tell them you are doing what your doctor has decided is best for you. Be strong.

Whatever you decide, I hope you get some pain relief soon.

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   Posted 2/6/2010 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Sassy, the only thing that worries me is that you said you had to take more and more for them to work. So does that mean they were not helping you much? Did you say they stopped working as good for you? My pain doctor said that happens to a lot of people, then they have to find a different way to alleviate the pain. If you go back on them, will they help you?

Stress can make the fibro worse; so can certain weather. You are definitely experiencing stress with the loss of your FIL. I just wonder if something else besides what you are taking now, will work better.

I know it is easier said than done - but ignore the negative family members, if you can. I agree with Dagger. If you do decide to try narcotics again, do they even have to know?

gentle hugs,
Sue
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