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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 3/7/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am new here, and have been lurking for quit awhile.  I decided to post today. I have had a horrible week.  Myself and my three little girls got the stomach flu.  I don't know if anyone has had it yet, but it is horrid.  Anyway, I was not able to take my pain meds for about 36 hours because of the vomiting. I has some composine(sp?), but still could not keep anything down.  Finally my pcp called Zofran in for me, and then I could keep my meds down.
It has been awhile since I have not taken my meds for that length of time and it was the worst experience of my life.  I woul rather have given birth. The pain was unbearable. My daughter said I growned and cried in my sleep.  I could not move.  It scared me so bad!
A little history would help I guess. I have had cp for about 15 years. I take 20mg of opana 2x day and 10mg of Vicodion for  breakthrough, along with Neurontin 300mg 3x a day.
I have chronic abdominal pain( right upper quadrant it is classified) along with IBD. Also when I was a kid, I feel off a horse during a rodoe, and hurt my back.  I have a degenerative disorder in my back with causes back, hip and knee pain.
Has anyone experience a time like this, or ever been this scared? If I didn't have my pain meds, I would never  be able to function.  I knew this, but when I actually experienced it this week, it really freaked me out. 
Thank you for listening and I sorry this is so long. 
Hoping everyone a pain free weekend, or at least a manageable one!

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   Posted 3/8/2008 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wicks...and welcome!! I sure do know what you're talking about. I had some virus that doc never could identify for 3 weeks in November. I couldn't keep water down let alone my meds. Two trips to the ER for rehydration. When I didn't take my pain meds on time it was awful! like nothing you can describe. At least the hospital was able to help with nausea and pain relief. That was about as miserable as I ever care to be. You're right...child birth would have been a walk in the park compared to that.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/8/2008 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wicks, welcome to the board.

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   Posted 3/8/2008 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wicks,

well, I had a riding accident when I was 17 and now Im 52. I used to be on pain pills but i just couldn't tolerate the side effects mainly the constipation and sleepiness. So yes my chronic pain never left it has only gotten worse All I can take is tylonal and I do not really want to because other meds Im taking can cause liver damage too. so i just suffer and do the heating pad and then cold pack. i want the patch just 25 millagrams it wont go thru my digestion which I"m haveing trouble with so ya im going thru that just grin and bear it till I can find a dr. who will perscribe the patch to me. I t has worked before. Glad your doing ok now and welcome to the group m personally inviting you to the chats rooms today around 5PM central standard time
Connie (Knitwit)

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 3/8/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the replies. I am glad I joined the board. I am sorry there are other people going through this, but it is nice to know there are other people out there who know how I feel.

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 3/8/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the board Wicks! Sorry your having such a time and hope you finally have some relief.

When I get a stomach virus my Doc will hold my regular meds and I use the patch or a time or two dilaudid suppositories and this is not my favorite way to get meds in me but it sure beats w/d from the lowering of meds in my system.

I am fortunate and have a Very Great Doc and have been in the medical field many years as a collegue of his.

There are ways around the having to put them into the digestive system when it is on a roll but most dont prefer to do that. This is the one and only time the folks with addicitons that use the nasal passages have one up on us. Most meds can also be used rectally just ask the pharmacy.

I know none of this helps you now but it may help you in the future.

I never could understand the concept of using meds that travel the digestive tract in a person with Crohns or IBD,it is just an unreasonable assumption to think they would ever get the full benefit of the medicine out of a dumping syndrome disease isnt it?

Keep searching for that Doc that will cooperate and give you the patch knitwit as you deserve to be treated for your pain and just because your disorder complicates things is no excuse for being untreated! Have you tried the closest teaching hospital and their pain management department as they are much more experienced dealing with these types of complications.

Either way good luck to you!

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