Denim - I honestly don't know what to tell you. I'm pretty sure (not 100%) that the morphine sulfate ER is the same as MS Contin - or pretty close. I took it and I had no problems at all. I will say though that it might not have just been you reacting to a new medication - your body may have needed to adjust to it. I had the same problem when I started Kadian - basically felt like I had the flu. I called the Pharamacists who said it was because it was such a strong dosage and to try to make it at least a week, and after 4 days everything went away.
It appears to me that as horribly as he is doing it, your doctor is trying to help. The fact that he was up to giving you morphine sulfate er says that to me. Just based on what you've said he's said to you it looks like he is trying to avoid the short acting, or breakthrough pain medications. These are known to give highs and lows, and to be highly addictive. Instead he is trying to find a extended release pill that would give you the same effects without the addictive tendencies. (I guess the way the long acting pills work is they give out a slow release constantly - meaning no high, versus the short acting that slam it into your system and have it leave as quickly).
I know it doesn't help, but right now on another thread there is a discussion about
the pressure that go on behind the doctors doors, and in DEA buildings down the street and such. How many doctors do TRY to help, but are just afraid to because of all the threats they get from prescribing pain medications.
You could ask your doc for a lower dosage (if their is one) of the morphine sulfate ER and give that a try. Whatever you do, do NOT break the pill in half or anything like that. Taking a extended release medication and breaking it in any way can cause a major overdose, lethal in some cases.
I know you said that it's hard to look for a new doctor and it's always scary, because you don't know if you are going to get standard stock, low grade bad stock, or for the lucky, an incredible doctor. But, if this doctor isn't working for you you should look for a new doctor. It doesn't hurt to ask for a consultation with other doctors. Just make sure that they don't specifically prescribe anything for you. They can however go over what their game plan would be. Which is what my new pain doctor did before he asked me if I would be his patient. It was pretty much "this is how I would like to do things" if thats okay with you. (I got lucky).
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