My husband has been on Darvocets for years and I know the man cannot be getting any relief. He has just been on them to dang long. He takes 3 at bedtime and has for years. He has poor circulation in his legs and has alot of pain. But he is stubborn, he will not ask the dr to switch him. I now think its in his head that they help, but who am I to rock the boat.
I am currently hooked to a tiny catheter in my spine that has an iv type line attached to a bottle thing in a bag that is releasing a total of 5cc's per hour of a mixture of morphine, fentanyl and klonopine and for the 1st time in over 20yrs I am pain free. My dr is trying to schedule having the intrathecal pain pump implanted next Wed. I have cd and osteo in all major joints, plus gi thinks I have cd arthritis as well. All I know is the pain flat became unbearable with a 50mg duragesic patch and 4 oxycodone a day. I was spending more time in bed than out of bed. The horrific knee pain is gone, but oh do I really realize how stiff my knees are and will still be using cane for balance. My knees are really a mess, not sure what the ortho will do next, we have talked about replacements, but my pain level was so high he said no way would he subject me to more pain. He wants to see how the pain pump works. I cannot tolerate a steroid of any kind so they are out of question. My PCP wanted to try me on Celebrex, gi said no.
I have been a challenge for the various drs I see to treat because all of the drugs that work good I cannot tolerate. I have asthma & copd, cd, 2 kinds of arthur and steroids are the best to get them under control. Years ago before I nearly had a stroke from steroids, my neurologist gave me injections of Decadron for pain and oh it worked so well. We did for 2 1/2yrs, when I got down and could not hardly get up, I was stroke line my BP was off the scales and I was already on 2 BP meds. These injections were given every 6 wks, I did not know I should not have had them past 6 wks per my pcp. He called my neurologist up and cussed him out in front of me screaming nasting names and asking him if he was trying to kill me. I was not allowed to go home & pack a bag, instead his nurse drove me across the street to the hospital.
I encourage anyone with chronic pain, or problems handling medications from either bad side effects or just plain allergic reactions to consult with a reputable paim mgt dr that knows about your type of disease. I am so fortunate to have one on my side. Keah, is also under the care of one and he has given her some help. Susie