nurse, welcome to the forum, great place to be you will see. sorry you are in such pain, i am sure as a nurse you are apprehensive about having pain meds, please remember they are there to help your quality of life. we take them so we can get out of bed each day..... not everyone is addicted to meds; you will do fine. you know when to stop. fibro can be a real pain, i am sitting here in so much pain tonight from it- usually its under control with all the meds i take.... like you (you can see my meds below) i am having a severe flair up, sometimes torridol helps the flare ups (its not strong) (to me anyhow) but it didn't work, and i even had it iv'ed. i too am schooling to be a nurse, i am up for a pain pump & pray that it will allow me to work again (i am only 31). I want to work with pain patients, probably oncology. maybe even at my PM drs office...... i don't drive either just because of the meds i take, i don't want to be in an accident & get grief over my meds.... since i am always taking them. i'm not groggy, don't mistake me. in fact i am going to ask to bump up my meds. if possible. here i am rambling about me...... i was wanting to say pain meds are a god-sent for us CP'ers.... i don't know what i would do without them, and its sad they have a bad rap. there is always something on tv about oxycontin & it really tees me off. its a great med..... if taken properly. so don't be afraid.... maybe your dr can give you either a patch or oral liquid morphine to help since you reallly can't swallow the pills. but i have noticed the stronger the med, the smaller the pill....??? sometimes i want to grow my own poppy field... the red tape is annoying. i understand regulating- but insurance makes it hard for some people, and i had no insuarnce for awhile, lost 2 cars, a home, my credit is effffffereed up. its sad. what to do? what do we do.... welcome again, and please feel free to chime in, and have a lpd (low pain day)...... ((hugs)) -Shannon
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
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