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Pamela Neckpain
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1821
   Posted 4/20/2009 1:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

It's quite a trial having # 7-8 pain every day. I'm used to it, I guess. Hate it.

Every day there's some new thing that hurts. All the pinched and damaged nerves
do that. Bones spurs and scolios add to the problems.
Today I couldn't move my neck to the right or left. All I could do was
lay on my stomach. It was much worse pain wise than most days.

When this happens, I do know it will change. This evening I feel better.

But what made my situation incredibly bad was taking two Tylenol. We have this
big bottle of Tylenol. I have NO idea how old it is - Could be 15 years.

My entire body felt like it was on fire and I know that Tylenol helps inflamation.
(I don't KNOW that. I've heard that) I read the bottle and it read that you can
take two. I did.

OMG. I was so sick. It hit me suddenly. I was laying on the bed and my husband
was reading me your posts. The room went tilt and spin. I called for something
I could throw up into. I couldn't get up for about ten minutes. My heart was lurching
around. How can I explain it? The nausea went on all day but not so severe,
of course.

I didn't want to throw up because I'd lose my Methadone. After you lose Methadone
in that way, you just can't go back and take more. It's easy to OD.
So dam scary. I kept it down. I guess that's true of all opiods.

My advice; THROW OUT YOUR OLD PILLS. Really. I feel like I could have died.


I think physical illness might be worse than chronic pain. I'm not a true expert
on that. I hope none of us ever are. skull

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 109
   Posted 4/20/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   

You are so right! Many things can alter many meds and time is certainly one of the biggest ones! Not to mention heat,sun,humidity,even cold! Did you ever give a thought to why prescription bottles are always colored and not clear? Or why they are all virtually air tight seals? All I can say is to read the expiration dates and heed them as well as the other warnings on all meds including all adverse reactions,as well as allergic reactions and yes there is a difference in those two.

So glad you were OK.

I have a boad habit with things that go in the fridge especially as I will stick them in there and somehow they end up staying longer then the mold shocked

Jim M
Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 4/20/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I just saw on the news about this subject.
The very worst of expired medicine is:
They said that eye medication somehow turns into POISION after it expires.
I've gone through all of our stuff and found medications that were 5 years + and older.
I guess when you pay so much for meds, it's hard to throw them away.
Good post Pamela to bring up.
You may have saved lives and not even know it!

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 610
   Posted 4/20/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to go thru my medicine cabinet quite often cause it gets over crowded. My dad has this great insurance where he gets refunded for buying over the counter meds, so I'll stock up on cold meds and diffrent flavors of children's meds, and just about everything you can think of (even heating pads!!!), but then my kids and I end up hardly ever using it, and theirs always lots of prescription meds that I end up not using due to my doctor telling me to not use it anymore, or just meds that are used as needed but i end up never using. So every 3 months I go thru and clean everything we dont use, but i still have a hard time on what to do with the meds my son doesnt use anyore cause they are a scheadule 2 meds and I dont just wanna throw them out in the garbage cause then their's a chance of people seeing what we take cause I live in a low income apartments and people like to dumpster dive (yucky) and I'm scared they will try to break into my place and take what I have. I always rip the label off of my narcotics so they cant see what it was, but I'm not sure at all what to do with left over meds, I hear your not suppose to flush them or put them in the garbage cause it hurts the confusing....

Also, tylenol also makes me horribly sick too, I'll start to vomit like crazy, and makes me feel so weird and sick. This just started a few years ago, cause I use to take tylnol all the time with no problem, but now it's like poison to me..So when I have fever or other pain I have to take Ibprofen which of course makes my stomach hurt if I take too many, it just isnt fair.


ps, thanks for telling us that Jim M, I have eye drops that I havent used in a few years cause they're for eye allergies that I get when I go to Utah which I havent been to in years, I will throw it out right away.
26 year old Female , single mother of 2 kids, on SSI for migraines, pain, pancreas issues
All the things broken with me: Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Chronic lower back pain that causes severe pain/numbness/tingling especially to my left leg,Arthiritis in my back, Genetic Pancreatic Divisum that causes chronic pancreatitas, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic attacks, Bipolar
Prescription Meds:Suboxone 24mgs daily, Cymbalta 60mg nightly, Lyrica 50mgs nightly, Imitrex as needed, Ibprofen 800 twice daily, Zanaflex as needed, Ventolin as needed for asthma attacks, Advair twice daily
Over the counter meds: Benadryl nightly for itching due to meds (not sure which one yet), and Biofreeze  
Surgeries: Gallbladder removed at 15 years old, 2 ERCPs, stent put in pancreas, countless upper GI scopes, marsupilized bartholin gland cyst
"Never go to a doctor's office whose plants has died."

Jim M
Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 4/20/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have this eye medicine that costs $150.00 for one tiny tube. I only use it once every 6 months when my eye condition flares up.
This was one of the meds that was on the list that turns poision. Breaks my heart to have to buy a prescription only to use a few little drops.

Would not be so bad if I had insurance.

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 229
   Posted 4/20/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean by having to throw out expensive meds. They are outragious! I am in living hell right now!!! Big time flare and too many changes of meds at one time. My rheumy increased my Neurontin from 1800 mg. daily to 2700 mg. daily. I had just started on a low dose of Morphine twice daily, 15 mg. , about a week before that. I started having 2+ pitting edema and felt "winded" all the time. My hands feel like they have been run over by a symptom since Dec.2008. Then I was trying to decrease the cost of my meds (I take 22 pills a day ) so I had this big idea of stopping my Cymbalta and going back on Prozac because it was only $10 for 90 days. I don't know if it is the Morphine or the increased Neurontin but I was having problems not being able to urinate. So, we backed down the Neurontin to 1800 mg. per day and the swelling is better. Stopped the Morphine for the weekend to see if I could urinate better, which I could, but my body felt like it had been in a train wreck. All I did was cry...about everthing...and was not very nice, to put it mildly so I asked my doc to put me back on the Cymbalta. My mood is way better and I am not sitting around contemplating wanting to slap perfect strangers so they could have a taste of how bad I felt. I went back on the Morphine and will just have to keep my eye on the urination problems. I see two of my docs on May 5th and I pray they have some answer. I haven't been in this much pain in years. I've also picked up about 10 lbs. and from where I don't know because my eating hasn't changed. And I'm in physical therapy to boot! I so hate to complain about all of this but I know that at least here I am understood and not looked upon as a whiner! Is anyone else having a major flare right now?
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.

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