I have been gone 2 long- how is everyone?

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   Posted 3/30/2008 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! I know its been so long since I have been on. Maybe since Dec-ish? I have really missed the support that you can recieve from here. I guess I am going to fill you in on my journey since that time. Along with the chronic back pain they added the fantastic fibromyalgia to my list. I have also had 4 trips to the hospital, the latest I just came home yesterday, with diverticulitis. Thats the reason I haven't really been on here. I am usually in the hospital anywhere from 2-7 days with it at a time. I don't care if I ever see chicken broth again in my life! I have been poked, prodded on and under anesthesia so much lately my veins are forming hard spots! I had a colonoscopy since I have had bowel trouble with blood and thankfully it was negative. Though they were discussing Krohn's disease as a possibility. Does anyone else have this issue? Or know anything about it? And the latest in the Tampa area is a spree of armed robberies for oxycontin. There are only 2 walgreens here that will sell them and they have a security guard there. I use CVS but had an issue with my last refill that oxycontin was on back order. I waited it out for a week and a half, but holy smokes I started to have some serious withdrawls. I thought I would make it, but I had to contact my dr who told me next time let them know so I don't go through all that. Such an awful feeling. I am considering switching the med. Morphine does nothing for me, been on pills, patches, etc. I have also tried metadone before, with little luck. And I am allergic to sulfa meds. Does anyone have any recommendations? I like the long-lasting effect of oxycontin, but I feel its getting too dangerous here to stay on them. I don't agree with the people wo are stealing meds, but I can understand what would drive them to that point. And last but not least I was actually let go from my job from all the abscenses. So now I have to panick about medical coverage. Other than that I am thankful to be here talking to everyone. I hope all is well..... and Gramps- I have often sent prayers your way- how have you been? Much love to all and I hope this finds you well in another day. -Shannon

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   Posted 3/31/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shannon!

Glad to see you back. I'm so sorry for the misery you've been thru. Come visit over on the fibro board. You'll find lots of support there. I also have Ulcerative colitis which is sorta related to Crohns...but crohns is much worse. I'm very glad you don't have it...it's miserable. It's a shame that people who legitimately need and use oxy have to suffer because of a bunch of fools. It makes me furious. All we can do is keep using it properly and I believe keep quiet. Anyone who tells people they are on it is risking having it stolen. There have been too many stories on here of so called 'friends' stealing oxy from their own cupboards.

Keep in touch,
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Fibromyalgia, Ulcerative Colitis, Insulin dependent diabetic, collapsed disk, dermatitis herpetiformus, osteo arthritis in spine and other locations.

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   Posted 4/1/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
It's great to hear from you guys too. Gramps, last I heard you were about to be a guinea pig.. any new results?
Obstacles: Herniated L-3, L-4, L-5; Herniated Discs in neck; Nerve damage in leg & arm; Fibromyalga; Allergies; Asthma; Diverticulitis; Acid Reflux.
Surgeries: Missing Gallbladder; several outpatient surgeries for cortisone injections & nerve block.
RX's: Oxycontin 20 MG 2x's daily; Oxycodone 15 MG 3x's daily; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 75 MG 3x's daily (all for pain & Fibro.) Phenergan 25 MG (as needed for Nausea/Vomiting) Amitriptyline 25 MG 1x at bedtime; Zoloft 100 MG 1x at morning (for pain & depression) Zyrtec 10 MG 1x at morning (allergies) Aciphex (as needed for Acid Reflux) Rozeram (as needed for sleep) Florastor & Flagyl (temporary for diverticulitis).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil

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